Office of Multicultural Affairs



OMA Students



Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is to create a safe and inclusive environment for all marginalized identities that promotes authenticity and self-liberation. OMA will and continues to center Black and Brown students in the USF St. Petersburg Community, while honoring the beautiful and challenging experiences Black and Brown students face in society. OMA strives to implement and sustain justice throughout campus and the St. Petersburg community through educational events and programming.


  • Goal #1: Provide programs, initiatives, and organizations that encourage a successful transition into the collegiate experience/USF St. Petersburg campus community 
    • Strategy: OMA provides exposure to an array of programs and initiatives focusing on cultures and traditions  
  • Goal #2: Develop and promote programs that support the retention, progress, and graduation of underrepresented students 
    • Strategy: OMA provides intentional programming that particularly centers marginalized students and their experience at USF St. Petersburg.  
  • Goal #3: Deliver trainings that educate students on Diversity and Inclusion, while providing particular educational opportunities for students to learn about marginalized identities and how to be an ally. 
    • Strategy: OMA provides a three-part Diversity and Inclusion Training and Safe Zone Training that centers reciprocity, allyship, truth telling, and education. 
  • Goal #4: Creating a diverse and inclusive community for all underrepresented identities 
    • Strategy: OMA creates affinity spaces, intentional programming and initiatives, and spaces that welcomes all identities 
  • Goal #5: Provide students with a campus environment that promotes and encourages equitable and just practices centering marginalized students at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus. 
    • Strategy: OMA serves as a source of guidance and advocate for marginalized students as they navigate their USF St. Petersburg experience. 
  • Goal #6: Partner and engage community stakeholders in the St. Petersburg area and surrounding Tampa Bay area 
    • Strategy: OMA partners with many community organizations on various programs and initiatives that builds a bridge between USF St. Petersburg students and the Tampa Bay community  


OMA C.A.R.E.S encompasses the values of OMA. They describe our belief systems that serves as the foundation of what we strive to do and how we serve students in OMA. They help guide us in making critical decisions and always allows us to show up authentically for students in the USF St. Petersburg campus community. 
Celebrate – OMA promotes and admires the many different cultures and traditions that creates an inclusive, but different environment.  
Advocacy – OMA showcases progressive actions towards social justice through multiple programs and initiatives that uphold a diverse and inclusive community. 
Respect – OMA recognizes difference in every student and allows each student to embrace their difference in a safe and inclusive community.
Educate – OMA authentically and holistically respects each individual and encourages education about marginalized identities on campus.
Student Success – OMA encourages and promotes personal and academic development that will ultimately enhance life–long learning.   


  • Safe Zone Ally Training
  • Pronouns Training 
  • Diversity & Inclusion Four Part Series Training 
  • Multicultural Resource Library
  • What's the Tea

OMA Contact Information

Student Life Center 1400 

 Annual Events

students at st. pete MLK parade


The office of Multicultural Affairs in collaboration with various departments works to host a float in the second largest MLK Parade of the nation, held right in our own backyard! Together with the community, we honor the legacy of a great civil rights activist who continues to serve as an icon for people of all backgrounds who inspires all to believe in the day that we can finally achieve equal rights for all human beings.

students at st. pete pride festival


The office of Multicultural Affairs in collaboration with various departments works to host a float in Tampa’s largest LGBT Pride Celebration, held right in our own backyard! Imagine 5,000 people swishing and sauntering along Downtown St Pete’s Bayshore Dr in a dazzling array of sequins, beads, leathers and feathers to celebrate the power and beauty of diversity, with more than 300,000 people cheering them on. Here we show the state all the beautiful colors of our diverse community, and have a fabulous opportunity for unbridled self-expression and love.