Based on UWL’s decision to close campus and go to an online class platform for the remainder of the semester, the Office of Multicultural Student Services will have no in-office staff until further notice and will not be accepting any face-to-face appointments or walk-ins. 

Our office building is locked to the public as of March 18. We are currently working on sending our students a message outlining ongoing support for the remainder of the semester. For updated campus information pertaining to COVID-19, please utilize UWL’s COVID-19 homepage. 

We will strive to provide the best service and advocacy to our students and families during this time. In lieu of phone calls, please send an email to with your questions or concerns. We appreciate your patience during this time. Thank you. 

In solidarity, 

OMSS Staff 

The Office of Multicultural Student Services leadership and involvement opportunities serve to complement the academic mission of UW-La Crosse and to provide practical, life-long learning for students. The OMSS involvement programs promote active citizenship, the cultivation of leadership skills, and the formation of lasting relationships. Many leadership opportunities exist for students to build skills, raise confidence, and teach about self and others. Through OMSS leadership and involvement programs, students work to provide campus-wide multicultural and social justice events and activities which promote multicultural awareness and reaffirm multicultural identities, while facilitating natural cross-cultural environments and interactions.

Through student involvement, they have the opportunity to:

  • Signature Conferences: Widening the Circle, Midwest Asian-American Student Union Conference, The Midwest Queer, Trans & Indigenous People of Color Conference, National White Privilege Conference, United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, Ebony Weekend, National Black Student Union Conference, Wisconsin Indian Education Association, 2020 White Privilege Symposium

  • OMSS Centralized Events: OMSS Open House, Fall Multicultural Leadership Development Weekend, Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day (Madison & Marquette Campuses), Pre-Health Careers Day (UW-Madison), Three Rivers Pow Wow, UWL Alumni Awards Program, YWCA Outstanding Tribute to Outstanding Women, Hmong New Year, OMSS Celebration of Accomplishments, and additional campus and community collaborations

As a result of OMSS leadership and involvement opportunities, students are able to contribute to the campus climate in meaningful ways by utilizing their individual and collective strengths to analyze, plan, and make decisions. By participating in leadership programs, students better prepare themselves for working and interacting in diverse environments with people of many different backgrounds, now and into the future.

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