Office of Multicultural Life
The Office of Multicultural Life (OML) is charged with enriching the campus community’s understanding of diversity, inclusion and equity in collaboration with academic departments and student life. OML achieves this mission through a blend of cultural celebrations and events centered around issues of equity and inclusion, peer-to-peer education and customized workshops and trainings. We hope that you will explore our many offerings on this page and will check back often to learn about new opportunities to engage in the work of creating a more equitable and inclusive world.
Diversity Education and Social Justice Strategy Sessions
Thank you for your interest in OML's diversity education and social justice programs. If you would like to invite our staff members to provide a presentation, workshop or other types of event, please fill out the online form.
Our staff can provide sessions and development opportunities to student organizations, College departments/units and community-affiliated organizations. Please note that we need to receive your request with as much advance notice as possible (a minimum of two weeks). Once you submit a request, we will contact you to arrange a pre-training meeting to discuss issues and duration of session based on your needs. Most sessions require at least a 2-hour time commitment. If you have questions or need accommodations, please contact our office at 484-664-4006 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grassroots Organizing Workshops (GROWs)
Nonviolent direct action and community organizing are often mechanisms that help to create change within and without oppressive systems. OML is pleased to offer workshops focused on the fundamentals of community organizing through the GROW Program.
The goal of GROW is to create a culture of organizing as a way to create change and build grassroots power within the College and Allentown community. It achieves this through student and employee-led interactive workshops and strategy sessions with an emphasis on moving theory into practice.
Workshop topics vary from specific skill building (reaching your base, the art and science of turnout) to practicing tactics and strategies (fundamentals of community organizing, accountability session simulations). If you would like to invite a facilitator to provide a GROW for your organization, classroom or department, please fill out the online form.
Are you interested in helping groups and individuals stand up more effectively for justice, peace, and equity? If so, we hope that you'll consider applying to be a GROW facilitator for the 2016-17 school year. Interest in social justice issues is required and high energy and communication skills are preferred, but you do not need to be an experienced community organizer to be considered as a facilitator. Bring your passion, and we'll provide the training and resources that you need to be successful.
Facilitators are asked to commit to co-leading at least one, two hour workshop, in addition to our trainings and meetings. Please expect a semester time commitment of approximately 8-10 hours, including the 2-hour workshop commitment.