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.
2020 OCMCHE Virtual Webinar:
“Engaging Students on Campus in the Current Racial Climate"
Debra S. Merchant, JD who serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Cincinnati, presented on "Engaging Students on Campus in the Current Racial Climate" on July 22, 2020.
Vice President Merchant shared her perspectives, best practices, and experiences on how staff can effectively support, coach, and educate students during this historical time in our country. The conversation was facilitated by Dr. Todd Suddeth, Executive Director for the Student Life Multicultural Center at The Ohio State University. We had 100+ participants engage in this informative and reflective presentation.
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 2020-21
President: Dr. Todd Suddeth
Executive Director, Multicultural Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, 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
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