New board to help multicultural affairs

Members will link current students of color and alumni, help increase campus diversity | January 6, 2003

The office of multicultural affairs established an advisory board in an effort to bridge the gap between alumni and current students of color. Called the friends of the office of multicultural affairs (FOMA), the board’s roles include aiding in the extension of the office’s services to students, collecting and documenting the historical significance of the office, and working with students and administration on five campus major events: Greekfest, Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, the women of color luncheon, the Antonio Johnson scholarship gala and graduation celebration. “The office of multicultural affairs has grown and raised the bar to do more outreach by bringing people into the University and going out into the community,” says Tekeia Auster, assistant director of the office of multicultural affairs. Auster says the University is moving forward to increase the diversity of the campus in various ways, and the advisory board is just one method. The advisory board, which consists of 12 to 15 alumni, bonds the link between students and graduates by establishing a professionalism mentality for students of color in the corporate world. “The board provides an opportunity for professional as well as personal development of the students,” says Auster. “As a collaboration of students, the linkage simply initiates the process of developing lifelong relationships for mutual gain.”