Our mission is to partner with and enhance our work in diversity for the benefit of our institutions and our respective local communities."
In 2005, multicultural professionals from six Ohio colleges and universities convened to discuss a rationale for a new forum. In recognition of the unfolding demographic shifts, and potential to advocate for a varied student body, sharing social and intellectual capital motivated the group to explore the formation of an organization. The organization would address the expanding needs of diverse student bodies served by Ohio's colleges and universities and expand its reach to the community.
The Ohio Consortium of Multicultural Centers in Higher Education (OCMCHE) will be recognized as a premier organization dedicated to advancing the academic and professional success of diverse and underrepresented students, staff and faculty.
2019 OCMCHE Spring Conference: A Success!
The 2019 OCMCHE Spring Conference was a success! It was held at Kent State University on April 12, 2019. This year's theme was "The Current and Future Landscape of Diversity Offices in Higher Education: How DoWe Reclaim Our Voice."
A huge thank you to our keynote speaker, Andre Lessears, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Cleveland Clinic Akron General. His presentation, "What Are We Talking About? The Importance of Having Shared Language," was informative, educational and enjoyable.
We would also like to thank Vincent Giles, Academic Advisor, College of Communication & Information, Kent State University, for his presentation, The Mis(sed) Education of Hip Hop.
Last but not least, we would like to thank our facilitators who made our Break Out sessions a success:
Dr. Nkenge Friday, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Marietta College
Leadership Track: The Invisible Ladder in Diversity Work: Translating Passion into Career Progression.
Alicia Robinson, Assistant Director, Women’s Center, Kent State University
Programming Track: Is This Seat Taken? Building Bridges and Not Walls.
Mike Daniels, Assistant Director, Student Multicultural Center, Kent State University
Emerging Leaders Track: Conducting a Diversity (MRI): Being Mindful, Realistic and Intentional.
Each year, the Consortium offers a Spring and/or Fall Conference on themes engaged in multicultural, diversity or related areas in higher education. They have been hosted by a number of Colleges in Ohio including University of Dayton, Kent State, The Ohio State, Sinclair Community College, Wooster College, to name a few.
Executive Board 2019-20
President: Dr. Todd Suddeth
Executive Director, Multicultural Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
President-Elect and Secretary: Dr. Nkenge Friday
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Marietta College, Marietta, OH
Past President: Dr. Brandi Elliott
Director, Office of Ethnic Programs & Services, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
President Emeritus: Mai Nguyen
Retired Administrator, Asian and Native American Center, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
Dr. Juanita Tate
Retired Administrator, Office of Diversity Affairs, Miami University, Oxford, OH
Interim Treasurer and Member-at-Large (2-year Public Institution): Amy Sues
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Clark State Community College, Springfield, OH
Amanda M. Romero
Chair and Professor, Design Department, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH