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Multicultural Student Services

The Office of Multicultural Services (OMS) is available to work with student services and academic offices to meet the needs of underrepresented students, including low-income and academically under-prepared students, English Language Learners and international students. Our primary focus is assisting students of color.

Our office works to provide a stable and supportive learning environment for students. By enhancing out-of-classroom experiences, we seek to expand opportunities for students to be fully engaged in the collegiate experience. Multicultural Services creates opportunities and partners with other offices, organizations and committees to help all students become more inter-culturally competent.

Services provided by OMS

  • Assist in the adjustment process and acclimation to college life
  • Assist with appropriate course placement and selection
  • Monitor academic progress
  • Academically advise students to meet their transfer and graduation goals
  • Collaborate with academic offices to assist with retention
  • Provide referrals to other support services, including financial aid, tutoring and counseling
  • Provide students with career, transfer and continuing education resources
  • Recommend students for cultural diversity scholarships
  • Design and carry out cultural events on campus
  • Provide leadership opportunities


Fergus Falls Campus
As part of M State's commitment to providing a culturally diverse climate on our campuses, Fergus Area College Foundation awards 10 Cultural Diversity Scholarships each year to students on the Fergus Falls campus to encourage diversity and educational achievement by students of color.

Application Process
Applications are available in the OMS office on the Fergus Falls campus and may be submitted at any time. The scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until 10 have been awarded each academic year.

Scholarship Criteria
To qualify for a Cultural Diversity Scholarship, students must:

  • Be currently admitted or registered on the Fergus Falls campus
  • Be a full-time student
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher (for both new and returning students)

Scholarship AmountCultural Diversity Scholarships are $600, pro-rated over two semesters.

Moorhead Campus
Diversity scholarships are awarded annually to Moorhead campus students from a diverse background who have overcome challenging life circumstances and demonstrates academic achievement. To be considered for a scholarship, students should complete the Moorhead Foundation Scholarship application.


Student organizations

The CACTUS student organization provides opportunities to celebrate differences through varied forms of expression - speakers, theatre and song. All students have the opportunity to share their culture and learn about other cultures while participating in and sponsoring campus and community events. Members plan and coordinate all events.
: Fergus Falls campus

The United for Africa student organization is committed to enhancing the quality of human life by raising awareness and funds to help women and children in war-torn areas around the world. The organization also supports sharing and learning about cultures through events and social activities on campus.
: Moorhead campus


OMS contacts

For more information about the Office of Multicultural Services, please contact one of the following:

Detroit Lakes Campus
Sarah Hofmann, Advisor

Fergus Falls Campus
Nancy South, ELL/Multicultural Advisor

Moorhead Campus
Chesay Colson, Coordinator of Diversity & Inclusion

Wadena Campus
Suzie Rethemeier, Advisor

Joni Massie, Advisor

Last modified: February 12th, 2014 at 09:44am