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Office of Multicultural Affairs

Scholarships—The Legacy Fund: The Legacy Fund is an unprecedented effort to raise endowed funding for need-based financial aid. In keeping with our Spiritan history and mission, we seek to ensure that no worthy student is denied access to a Duquesne education because of the inability to pay. The Legacy Fund focuses on three areas: general need-based scholarships that help to attract and retain the best and brightest students; emergency scholarships that allow students to continue their educations when faced with unexpected financial hardships; and empowerment scholarships designed to lift promising men and women from poverty.

Empowerment Scholarships are especially important to OMA. Many young people in inner cities and rural communities display the potential to excel, but may not consider a school like Duquesne because of the expense. Empowerment scholarships will allow us to proactively identify and recruit such students—especially students of color—removing the real and perceived financial barriers to a transformational Duquesne education.

Unrestricted Funds: Unrestricted gifts allow the Director the flexibility to direct resources to OMA’s most critical needs and respond to unexpected opportunities. Many gifts to OMA are designated for a specific purpose, making these discretionary funds even more valuable.

Cross-Cultural Program Endowment: As society becomes increasingly pluralistic, all students need to develop the knowledge and skills to successfully work with people of different backgrounds. OMA offers a wide range of co-curricular educational programs that not only improve the diversity climate on campus, but also prepare students to become leaders in personal and professional settings. These initiatives may include targeted efforts (such as financial literacy programs for at-risk students or anti-racist interventions dealing with specific situations) as well broad-based workshops and speakers open to all students that provide insights into cultural issues. Endowment funds are needed to ensure the continuation and expansion of these cross-cultural programs.

Multicultural Student Advisory Council: While OMA bears primary responsibility for cross-cultural initiatives, it also seeks to respond to student needs and promote campus-wide awareness and dialogue. OMA has assembled a panel of student leaders to help guide its efforts. Currently, this body operates only in an advisory capacity, but in the future, OMA seeks dedicated funding that the Council, in turn, could allocate to other student organizations that wish to offer multicultural programs furthering OMA’s goals.

Peer Educators: This program would create a corps of “diversity ambassadors.” Similar to resident assistants, these student leaders would receive intensive certification training in promoting diversity and addressing multicultural issues across campus. Funding is needed to support both training and stipends for selected students during academic terms.

Travel Funds: Students’ educational experiences and leadership skills are enhanced by attendance at regional and national professional conferences. Funds are needed to defray students’ costs of travel to and participation in these valuable networking opportunities.

Book Scholarships: The increasing expense of required textbooks is a real barrier to many students seeking to begin or continue their studies. OMA book scholarships would assist needy students in addressing this vital academic need.

Multicultural Resource Library: OMA seeks to build, maintain and house a collection of books, audio and video resources addressing diversity issues both on campus and in the larger society. These materials would provide opportunities for students to enhance their understanding and implement principles demonstrated in other OMA activities.

Naming of the Department: A substantial endowment gift commitment to name the OMA would provide continuing funds for many of the initiatives described herein, while serving as a perpetual living testament to the donor’s generosity, compassion and vision.

Endowed Graduate Fellowship: Would provide funding for a graduate assistant to help the director implement new and existing programs and work directly with students.

Facilities Improvements: Operational funds are sought to renovate, maintain and decorate OMA offices and upgrade the technology available for student and staff use.