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Welcome to the Office of Minority Student Affairs

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Dear Friends and Supporters of OMSA,

Dr. Wallace Southerland III

Thank you for visiting our website! All of us at OMSA are dedicated to serving our students and making sure our students are successful. For centuries, universities, particularly land-grant institutions such as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have been engines for creating and disseminating knowledge, for presenting ideas that shape and enliven human understanding, for propelling collaborative work, and for sparking our creativity.

In the Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA), our office is at a pivotal moment in its history. This year we celebrate our 50th anniversary, and a legacy of excellence since 1966. For the past 50 years, OMSA has contributed to Illinois’ land-grant, research, and teaching missions through our academic, instructional, research, and retention TRIO programs for underrepresented U.S. minorities, first-generation, low-income and other students needing academic assistance – pre-college and college students. We are proud of our TRIO alumni as our legacy exists within the success of our students. As we embark on the next 50 years of our existence, we believe that re-envisioning OMSA will propel our efforts toward ensuring the persistence and academic and scholarly achievements of the diverse undergraduate students we serve.

We welcome your alliance to continue in serving our students throughout the campus. We are eager to meet you, so please stop by our offices to say hello, let us know how you are doing, and if we can help you in any way.

Thank you for being part of our OMSA TRIO family!

Sincerest regards,

Wallace Southerland III, PhD.
Director, OMSA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign