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 heritagefestival.osu.edu.
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.
Council of Black Leaders
Council of Black Leaders consists of representatives from various student organizations on campus and collaborates with the Multicultural Center to coordinate initiatives and programs in order to strengthen pro-active student advocacy and community building. The CBL invites anyone from the Ohio State Community to help make sure the voices of the Black Diaspora are heard. Meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. To find out more, contact Katherine Betts.
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. NAIPC meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 8 p.m. in the Multicultural Center, located on the first floor of the Ohio Union. Contact Melissa Beard Jacob, email@example.com for more information.
Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) 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 APIDA students and organizations. We welcome students who would like to be involved in the planning process! For more information please contact Gelli Ann Dayrit, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 Gelli Ann Dayrit, (email@example.com).
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 APIDA 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 Gelli Ann Dayrit, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
APIDA Leaders Consortium
The Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi American (APIDA) Leaders Consortium consists of representatives from various student organizations on campus and collaborates with the Multicultural Center to coordinate initiatives and programs in order to strengthen pro-active student advocacy and community building. Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 8 p.m. For more information please contact Gelli Ann Dayrit, (email@example.com).
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. Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Jeff Perkins.
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 Jeff Perkins.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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’s Leadership Consortium
Student organizations that serve women or are involved with issues affecting women are invited to participate in this once monthly meeting designed to connect women-identified student leaders across campus. Student organizations are empowered to network with their fellow student leaders, share resources, knowledge, upcoming events and to discuss and share solutions to issues their organizations are facing internally or externally. This is a space of community for women student organizations to join together and empower each other through collaboration and peer support. Meetings are the 1st Wednesday of the month at 6pm. For more information, contact Madison Eagle.