Ohio University

Information for New Bobcats

Welcome to Ohio University! 

Feeling supported academically and personally will be a key factor in your college success and the Division of Diversity and Inclusion is 100% committed to providing that support. Watch the video for an overview of the programs and services offered by OHIO's Diversity and Inclusion Centers.


Below are additional Center highlights, important fall dates, and other information for new OHIO students:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Center

Our LGBT Center cultivates safe and civil university and community environments that affirm diverse forms of sexuality, gender identity and expression, and queerness. All are welcome! 

  • Among the many educational and social support programs are our LGBTQ+ SafeZone training, Pride Graduation, Queer Prom, World AIDS Day, Trans* Day of Remembrance, Pride Week, support group meetings, and a University College course for students seeking LGBTQ+ connection and information. 
  • Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to study, new friends, resources to help someone come out (especially if that someone is you!), information about name/pronoun changes, travel award opportunities, or thought-provoking and action-inspiring conversation, our LGBT Center is the place for you! 

CLICK HERE to learn more about the LGBT Center

Multicultural Center

The Multicultural Center (MCC) provides a diverse range of programs and opportunities that are educational, recreational, social and cultural. The staff develops programs that increase understanding and appreciation of cultural differences by familiarizing the campus community with the contributions and histories of African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Native American cultures.  

  • The MCC provides a place where members of the University community, representing a variety of backgrounds, participate in programs and activities. Located on the second floor of the Baker University Center, the MCC houses a state-of-the-art conference room, multipurpose room, computer lab, art gallery, library and casual lounge. 
  • Black Student Cultural Programming Board: The BSCPB, formally advised by the MCC, provides social, cultural, educational and recreational programs for all students at OHIO. In addition, the student group seeks to familiarize others with the culture, thoughts and perspectives of African Americans throughout the University and Athens communities. All students are invited to join the BSCPB and you can learn more by emailing bscpb@ohio.edu or by attending their weekly meeting on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm in the MCC. 

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Multicultural Center.  

Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR)

The Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR) is committed to attracting and retaining highly talented and capable students of diverse backgrounds to maximize their leadership potential through educational and service opportunities. OMSAR programmatic activities instill in students the importance of scholarly pursuits and the value of education. We will serve as a resource to the Ohio University community on issues of access, retention and student success as well as promote the educational benefits of diversity and the appreciation for difference. 

  • OUR SERVICES: The Office for Multicultural Student Access and Retention (OMSAR) assists in providing access to a quality academic and enriching social experience at Ohio University for minoritized student populations, while leading the institution's efforts to successfully retain and graduate them. 
  • LINKS: OMSAR’s first-year transition and retention program. Learn more about the LINKS program here 
  • One-on-One Support:  The OMSAR Team specializes in working one on one with students to help them craft a pathway for academic and personal success. If you would like to meet with a member of our team, please email us at diversity@ohio.edu  
  • Being Black in College: The Being Black in College Series is dedicated to connecting African American students to resources and opportunities that foster academic, professional and personal development. The BBIC programs are designed to provide students with the tools that will enhance leadership, community building and academic success. Some programs include, The Being Black in College Success Conference, and Black Men Leadership Institute among others. 

CLICK HERE to learn more about OMSAR.  

Women’s Center

The mission of the Ohio University Women’s Center is to act as a catalyst to promote awareness, education, and advocacy about women, gender, and diversity, among faculty, staff, and students at Ohio University and its surrounding communities. In fulfilling its mission, the Center provides students, faculty, and staff with information, services, and programs that address matters of particular concern to women - while exploring the connections among gender, race, economic status, sexual orientation, culture, religion, political views, and other significant elements in relation to women’s individuality and collective identity. 

  • Looking to hone your leadership skills and learn more about what OHIO has to offer? The ALAANA+ Women's Leadership Cohort (AWLC) provides participants a community to: discover and explore your leadership, find support when starting a new school, build skills that help you succeed, and have fun with a group of incredible people! Applications are due August 28 and can be found online.   
  • If you are looking to get involved in the wonderful community of Athens, we encourage you to become a mentor to 7th and 8th graders in the Young Women Leaders Program by enrolling in Patton College of Education (PCOE) 2301C: Building Leadership in Adolescent Girls Through Leadership (M/W 3:05-5:05PM). This service-learning opportunity compliments many areas of study and can help you get hands-on experience in a classroom! 
  • If you are an artist or passionate about social justice, we invite you to attend the showing of In This Space: Disrupted. This arts-based survivor-centered program will feature textile art created by survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and harassment occur and will call on us, as a society, to create spaces of healing. The exhibit will be displayed August 25 – September 12 in Trisolini Gallery in Baker University Center Room 405. 

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Women's Center.