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Multicultural Student Affairs

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what we do

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) provides education, awareness, and advocacy to support historically marginalized, underrepresented, and underserved or unserved student populations. OMSA addresses racial, gender, economic, and other social justice issues to engage the campus in social action to build and sustain an inclusive campus environment that fosters mutual respect and celebration of difference. The OMSA administers the Multicultural Leadership Scholarship program and provides support and guidance to student organizations that promote the needs of underrepresented populations, known as Affinity Groups, which include the Gender Sexuality Alliance, Global Shepherd Students, The Hidden Opponent, Rams Care, the Black Student Union, and Students for Reproductive Rights. For more information about our upcoming events, check out our RamPulse page.

yellow background, in the center is an earth with a graduation cap, and underneath reads "multicultural leadership scholarship program"     yellow background, in the center are four hands grabbing each others wrists, and below that reads "affinity groups"     yellow background, in the center is the Rampulse logo

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white background, on the left reads "land acknowledgements" in blue text, and to the right is a yellow line

Due to the lack of records, it is unclear which tribes, how many people, when, where, and for how long they resided on the land we now know as West Virginia, the Native American presence evidently lingers in our wild and wonderful state. Indigenous names can be found throughout Appalachia (e.g. Kanawha River, Seneca Rocks, Wheeling, and more). According to maps of the mid-1600s, the Massawomeck primarily resided in what became West Virginia and in western Maryland. The Massawomeck were a highly mobile tribe that conducted extensive trade with other tribes and European settlers.  The Delaware tribe, originally known as the Lenape or Lenni Lenape also lived here but were forced out of the Eastern Panhandle by the late 1700s. 

We wish to recognize our obligations to this land and to the people who took care of it, as well as to the estimated 11,000 Native descendants who live in West Virginia today. For more resources and information, please click on the images below.

yellow background, there is a blue world map in the center, and underneath reads "native land map"    yellow background, in the center is a drawing of west virginia, and underneath reads "west virginia's native american history"    yellow background, in the center is a feather, and underneath reads "native american rights fund"