Student Leadership Cohorts & Groups
The Multicultural Center hosts student leadership cohorts and groups to assist students in developing social support and leadership skills critical to becoming world citizens.
Many of these groups and others on campus participate in the MCC Diversity Leadership Transcript Program, where students culminate their experience with a Certificate in Intercultural Awareness and Community Engagement. Please scroll down the list for descriptions and contact information.
- Council of Black Leaders
- Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement Certificate (D.I.C.E.)
- LGBTQ First Year Cohort
- Queers & Allies Student Association (Q&A)
- InterGroup Council
- BELLA (Balancing Education, Life and Latina Awareness)
- Social Justice Cohort
- SUR (Strength, Unity, Respect) Latinos Program
Council of Black Leaders
The Council of Black Leaders (CBL) is a wonderful leadership opportunity for undergraduate, graduate and professional students. This planning and advisory council works directly with the Multicultural Center to plan quality programs, ensure collaboration with other university units and community groups, and to assist with proactive student advocacy. The CBL invite anyone from the OSU Community to help make sure the voices of the Black Diaspora are heard. See the calendar of events for meeting dates or contact the Multicultural Center for more information.
Certificate in Intercultural Awareness and Community Engagement
The Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement Certificate Program (D.I.C.E.) is a certificate earning program for undergraduate, graduate and professional students interested in enhancing their Ohio State experience through co-curricular involvement focused on diversity, social justice, service and leadership. Through this program, students gain valuable skills in leadership and diversity. D.I.C.E. provides diversity training through experiential learning and serves as a unique way of supporting student identity and interpersonal development. D.I.C.E. students will receive a certificate in Diversity, Intercultural and Community Engagement at the end of the academic year. This certificate will verify to employers and graduate schools that recipients are prepared to live and work in a diverse environment and are committed to improving their communities.
To earn the certificate, students must complete the following requirements:
- 1. Attend 4 co-curricular InterGroup Relations dialogues throughout the year (these include What's Your Story? Faculty Lecture Series, Community Cinema, Nourish YourSELF, Learning From Your Community)
- 2. Attend 3 heritage and/or awareness events offered through the Multicultural Center (these will be listed here)
The cohorts and their contact persons are listed below. For general questions regarding the program, contact Nicole Nieto.
Cohorts within the Multicultural Center:
- American Indian/Indigenous Cohort, Candi Krisch
- Latino First Year Cohort, Indra Leyva
- SUR, Indra Leyva
- BELLA, Indra Leyva
- LGBTQ First Year, Angie Wellman
- Social Justice Cohort, Nicole Nieto
- Queers & Allies (Q&A), Angie Wellman
Cohorts within other OSU student groups:
- Humanities, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mount Leadership Society, email@example.com
- MUNDO, firstname.lastname@example.org
- OSU Newark, email@example.com
- PASS (Program for Advising in Scholarship and Service), firstname.lastname@example.org
- PATH (Peer Advocates for Total Health), email@example.com
Latino First Year Cohort
The Latino First Year Cohort is offered to first year and transfer students. It is also an excellent resource for students who are looking to build a community. The cohort meets bi-weekly on Thursday’s evenings at 6 pm in the Multicultural Center, located at the Ohio Union. This program exists to build community and engage Latino students on their social, support and educational experiences. If you would like more information, email Indra Leyva.
LGBTQ First Year Cohort
The LGBTQ First Year Cohort is offered to first year and transfer students. It is also an excellent resource for students who are coming out. The cohort meets weekly on Monday evenings at 8 pm in the Multicultural Center, located in the Ohio Union. This program exists to build community and engage lesbian, gay, bi and pansexual, transgender, questioning & queer students in social, support and educational experiences. Student leaders help to facilitate each session, plan social outings, coordinate small groups discussions and serve as mentors to group participants. If you would like more information, email Angie Wellman.
OSU has a variety of LGBTQ oriented student organizations that tackle both political and social issues that affect the lives of LGBTQ students and their allies. The Leaders Consortium serves as an umbrella for these student organizations involved in the support and outreach to LGBTQ students at OSU. This program provides a vehicle for the officers of these students groups to develop professionally, build community, collaborate programmatically and secure funding and on-going training, and consultation. For more information, contact Angie Wellman.
The Queers & Allies Student Association is targeted toward second and third year students. The group is dedicated to education, outreach, collaboration, and social activities to foster an environment of understanding, respect, and unity between the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and questioning community and the larger community with the direct support and assistance of straight allies. For mor information, contact Angie Wellman.
The Intergroup Council is the Multicultural Center's first student ambassadors group. This multicultural group of students are building their skills in intra and intercultural community leadership. Watch for these dynamic students at a variety of events. For more information contact Nicole Nieto.
BELLA (Balancing Education, Life and Latina Awareness)
The purpose of the cohort is to create a community among multi-generations of women that actively works towards solidarity, leadership, and community wellness a The Ohio State University. We guide this program, based in the seven principles: truth, justice, righteousness, reciprocity, balance, harmony and order. Using these principles, we begin an ongoing journey of increasing awareness and making conscious choices towards a more successful existence for ourselves and our communities. Members consistently ask themselves and each other to strive towards righteousness, to serve in the best interest of the common good, and to continue holding responsibility for our society's health.
Social Justice Cohort
The Social Justice Cohort (SJC), part of the Diversity Leadership Transcript Program, allows students to expand their knowledge on issues related to social justice, diversity, leadership and service. Cohort members take part in the cohort's Dinner and Dialogue series regarding topics such as racism, sexism, heterosexism and classism. In addition, members attend the Multicultural Center's What's Your Story series events and participate in the planning of a yearly service activity. Students who complete all requirements earn their Certificate in Intercultural Awareness and Community Engagement. For more information or to join SJC contact Nicole Nieto.
SUR (Strength, Unity and Respect)
This weekly support group for Hispanic/Latino men, come together weekly to discuss social, cultural and personal events affecting our community. Upon your arrival to OSU, you will be invited to various mixers and social events where male students have the opportunity to meet one another, establish contacts with student leaders and groups, and socialize with the OSU Hispanic/Latin@ community. For more information contact Indra Leyva.