Mission, Vision, & Goals

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OMSA’s mission is to provide leadership in developing, implementing, and delivering student support services designed to assist underrepresented students' personal development, academic achievement, and graduation.


OMSA’s vision is to be a campus leader and national model for providing exceptional academic support and retention services to first-generation, low-income, and historically underrepresented undergraduate students.

Strategic Goals

  1. Support the recruitment and yielding activities for first-generation, low-income, and historically underrepresented U.S. minority students (i.e., African American, Latinx, Native American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island students);
  2. Provide academic mentoring, monitoring, advocacy, and support services for underrepresented undergraduate students that bolsters their success and eases their adjustment to the rigor of the Illinois culture;
  3. Collaborate with colleagues throughout the campus to create safe and welcoming environments that encourage student engagement, persistence, and graduation from Illinois;
  4. Partner with colleagues in academic and student affairs to develop and promote enrichment opportunities that enhance students’ academic and personal growth.