Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience



The Student Life Multicultural Center hosts student leadership cohorts and groups to assist students in developing social support and leadership skills critical to becoming world citizens.

Cohorts within the Student Life Multicultural Center:

Cohorts within other Ohio State student groups:


Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi First Year and Transfer Cohort

APIDA Cohort is a first year/ transfer student mentorship program under the The Student Life Multicultural Center that focuses on personal identity development and mentorship to help integrate students into college. The program focuses on developing leadership, community, and mentorship in our members. Each first-year/transfer new mentee is paired with a continuing mentor based on personality, academic path, and goals.

The program actively engages mentees and mentors in their community, both on campus and off campus, to give students a space to meet others who share common passions and interests. You will learn about more about yourself and the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) identity, helping you identify the interests and spaces that you enjoy here on campus.

We meet on a weekly basis (now meeting Mondays 6:00PM - 7:00PM) to present and discuss about current issues around our campus and the nation from an APIDA perspective. We acknowledge that people have varying levels of information regarding identity, politics, and social justice, making it important to create an atmosphere open for questions and productive discussion. Open-mindedness and empathy are necessary qualities for mentors to guide their mentees in and outside or meetings. As a mentor, you are there to provide support where ever you see a student needs it, so intuition is an important attribute for mentors.

Mentor Applicant Requirements:

  • You must be an undergraduate student that has at least Sophomore standing in the Fall of 2018

Outside of our mandatory weekly meetings, mentors also responsible to:

  • Attend Mentor Training on Sunday, September 16th (Time TBD)
  • Facilitate and contribute to large group discussions 
  • Keep in contact with mentee(s)
  • Meet with each of their mentees (1-2 mentees per mentor) at least once per week
  • Track meetings with mentee
  • Attend regular mentor check-ins after weekly meeting
  • Attend final assessment
  • Organize social outings OR community events

APIDA Cohort Mentor Application: 

The deadline to submit this form is Friday, August 31st at 11:59 PM EST


If you would like more information, email Gelli Ann Dayrit


First Year Q*mmunity

This group seeks to provide social support for LGBTQ first year and transfer students joining our campus community. Through small group discussions, social outings and peer mentors, students increase their awareness of campus and community resources, build community and explore their many social identities and their intersections and develop skills toward self-advocacy. Meetings are biweekly 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Feel free to walk into any meeting. We look forward to meeting you! For more information, contact Jeff Perkins.


Women's Leadership Development Program

This Women's Leadership Program will provide students with the vital skills that will help them succeed in the classroom and beyond. Program participants will learn how to cultivate their own strengths to build resiliency and success personally and professionally. Participants will learn skills related to resume building, personal branding, self-care, personal finance, critical thinking, and career readiness. This 6 month program will also provide students with an opportunity to connect with a mentor in their related education or professional area of interest. Mentorship opportunities include long term and short term mentors as well as job shadowing opportunities. Application is required.

Meetings are the 1st Wednesday of the month at 8 p.m. For more information, contact Madison Eagle.


Women of Color Cohort

This group is dedicated to providing a space for women of color student to connect, dialogue, celebrate, and support each other’s whole authentic selves through an intersectional lens. Our monthly meetings will center on a specific topic, issue, or current event that students wish to learn more about or process openly with their peers. The intent is to foster intercultural dialogue and to create a brave space where students can share their unique perspectives and create a community of support and affirmation.

Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Madison Eagle.


QTPOC Q*mmunity

A space for Queer and Trans People of Color to come together and discuss the intersections of race and LGBTQ identities. This is a social space that facilitates dialogue around QTPOC experiences, how QTPOC students can build community, learn self-advocacy skills and get connected on campus. Meetings happen on the 4th Tuesdays of the month at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Jeff Perkins.


Q*mmunity Dialogues

An inclusive environment for queer and allied students to discuss their experiences and explore issues faced by LGBTQQIAP communities. Attendees engage with topics on identities, navigating campus and community life and more. Community is built through education, service and social activities to foster an environment of understanding, respect and unity on our campus. Student leaders plan and facilitate each of these fun gatherings. Meetings are bi-weekly on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Feel free to walk into any meeting. We look forward to meeting you! For more information, contact Jeff Perkins.



Sankofa Leadership Collective

This cohort is built around the principles of the African term Sankofa. The principles of Sankofa are critical examinations of history and forward progress. The focus of the cohort is to learn and celebrate the legacy of the black Buckeye community and understand collective responsibility within it, while enhancing success and engagement on campus to develop world changers! This cohort group will meet bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the SLMCC. To find out more, contact Katherine Betts.

Experience Sankofa - Autumn 2019

When: September 17, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Where: Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, MLK Lounge
Why: Because Sankofa begins with you!

This event is free and open to the public.


Mixed Heritage Cohort

The Student Life Multicultural Center is dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness about those who identify as multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural, multifaith or mixed heritage. We will be hosting dialogues dedicated to building community for students who identify as having mixed heritage. Please join us to connect with other students, share your stories, and learn more about how to be involved. 

These dialogues will take place on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 6 - 7:30 pm. To find out more, contact Melissa Beard Jacob.


American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a student organization at Ohio State that provides support, resources and networking opportunities for Indigenous students interested in a career in the STEM field. 

AISES is a national, nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers.

This group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 6 - 7:30 pm. To find out more, contact Melissa Beard Jacob.


Native American Indigenous Peoples Cohort (NAIPC) 

The Native American Indigenous Peoples Cohort (NAIPC) is a student organization at Ohio State that provides support through fellowship for Native American and Indigenous students and Non-Native students wishing to become involved in this community. NAIPC also promotes awareness of issues concerning Native American and Indigenous students and advanced the education and understanding of Native American and Indigenous culture among both members and the university community.

Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 8 - 9:30 pm. To find out more, contact Melissa Beard Jacob.


Latinx Student Association (LSA)

LSA is about reaching out to all students, building strong relationships, and redefining our multifaceted Latinx identity through club events and meetings. We welcome all self-identified Latinos as well as those interested in Latinx culture to experience the diverse Latinx heritage shared among students and the Columbus community.

LSA meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. To find out more, contact Indra Leyva.


Balancing Education, Life and Latina Awareness (BELLA)

The purpose of the BELLA 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. 

This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. To find out more, contact Indra Leyva.


Strength Unity and Respect (SUR)

The purpose of Strength, Unity, & Respect (SUR) is to create a network of students, staff, and faculty that share a philosophy of support and brotherhood. Our ambitions are to: challenge the status quo, establish an academic community, provide support to promote Latino academic success, and use of mentorship to promote community.

This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. To find out more, contact Indra Leyva.