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Leadership Groups

The Student Life Multicultural Center has a variety of leadership opportunities. Please see below for each leadership initiative as well as contact information.


African American Heritage Festival Planning Committee

The Annual African American Heritage Festival is a 35-year-old celebration intended to educate, impact and promote cultural awareness while commemorating the legacy of the African American experience. The Student Life Multicultural Center, with the assistance of other campus departments, co-sponsors this eight-day festival. For more information or to get involved in the planning of the Heritage Festival, please contact Katherine Betts or visit


American Indian/Indigenous Student Initiatives and the Native American and Indigenous Peoples Cohort

The American Indian/Indigenous Student Initiatives (AISI) partner with the Native American and Indigenous Peoples Cohort (NAIPC) to provide extraordinary events and programs for Ohio State students who wish to learn about the rich heritage and cultures of the American Indian/Indigenous peoples. This includes participating in Native American Heritage Month events as well as volunteering in the community at the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio. NAIPC meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Multicultural Center, located on the first floor of the Ohio Union. Contact Melissa Beard Jacob, for more information.

Asian/Asian American Leadership Summits

In collaboration with the Asian American Association, we host a leadership summit each semester in order to bring together student leaders from across organizations to further develop leadership skills, build community among organizations and to act as a forum to discuss issues impacting Asian students and organizations. We welcome students who would like to be involved in the planning process! For more information please contact Jack Nguyen, (


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) Planning Committee

Come join the APAHM planning committee! One of the biggest initiatives of the year, the APAHM planning committee plans major events involving community building, cultural awareness, education and advocacy around a chosen theme. Students must have at least one semester of leadership experience with a student organization to be considered for this committee. For more information please contact Jack Nguyen, (


Asian Pacific Islander Diversity Council

This council will meet under the leadership of MCC staff for the following purposes: Provide input regarding MCC programs and initiatives, particularly those involving Asian/Pacific Islander/Arab/Middle Eastern-related, domestic or international issues; Engage student organization board members in leadership development opportunities; Provide a channel through which members can effectively communicate pertinent information and ideas to one another; Communicate and discuss issues that have an effect on API students and organizations at Ohio State; and act as one forum to facilitate collaboration between different student groups serving API students. For more information please contact Jack Nguyen, (


GraduAsian Planning Committee

The GraduAsian Committee plans the highly anticipated GraduAsian celebration, an end-of-the-year event that recognizes the achievements and contributions of Asian/Asian American students. Students must have at least one semester of leadership experience with a student organization to be considered for this committee. For more information please contact Jack Nguyen, (


Lead Out Loud (LOL)

The overarching objective of LOL is to provide experiential learning opportunities for LGBTQ students that promote self-awareness, build confidence and enable individuals to develop their own unique leadership style and skill set. Via engagement in dialogue, seminars and community service projects, LOL inspires and guides students in making positive differences on our campus, in our communities and in the world. For more information, contact Appy Frykenberg.


LGBTQ Leaders Consortium

Ohio State 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 Ohio State. 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 Appy Frykenberg.



Latinos Empowering Action and Perseverance (L.E.A.P) is a wellness, leadership and community development program. The leadership program includes training together for a half marathon in May.  Some of the new components of this year’s program include a philanthropic goal. L.E.A.P. meets every week for group runs and leadership development. For more information please contact Indra Leyva,


Out for Change Retreat

Each semester, the Student Life Multicultural Center offers LGBTQ students the opportunity to take part in an OUT for Change Retreat.  Via either a one-day, or overnight, off-campus experience, students take part in interactive activities and low-ropes initiatives to promote togetherness and a sense of community. The retreat focuses on developing collaborative skills, improving communication across difference and creating personal action plans to create positive social change on campus and in our communities. For more information, contact Appy Frykenberg.