1979: Office of Multicultural Programs and Services formerly known as Minority Student Programs Office was created.
Ms. Lelia Brown, now Lelia Crawford, hired as a result of The Black Manifesto, a list of student demands demanded of President Atwood to support black students at Emory. Lelia Crawford was the first professional black female on Emory’s campus who served as Assistant Dean for Campus Life and the first Director of Minority Student Programs (OMSP) primarily serving African American, disabled and International student populations. She developed the MORE (Multicultural Outreach and Resources at Emory) peer mentoring program.
1988-89: Howard Wray served as Director of OMPS and focused primarily on revolving door enrollment for black students resulting from the hostile racial climate prevalent in the nation.
1989: Vera Dixon Rorie became Assistant Dean for Campus Life and Director of Minority Student Programs and changed the office’s name to the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services to better serve the changing demographics of the University. She further developed the Peer Tutoring Program, later assumed by the College and now known as EPASS. She began the Unity Ball and cultural celebration events for each of the underrepresented groups on campus.
1994: Black Student Alliance solicited the support of OMPS to develop Modupe Dayo; African themed graduation ceremony.
BAM (Brotherhood of Afrocentric Men) and Unity Week Celebration established in 1991 with the hire of Sylvester Hopewell.
2002: Dean Rorie renamed the Excellence Awards the Delores P. Aldridge Excellence Awards in honor of Dr. Aldridge; Emory University’s first black female professor and creator of the African-American Studies Department.
2003: First year Unity Week Celebration extended to a month-long event (Unity Month); acknowledging and celebrating the diversity that exists at Emory.
2003: Development of Issues Troupe; a student theatrical company.
2004: First year of Crossroads; initiated by Harmony, a black student group that petitioned President Wagner to fund a freshmen retreat focusing on leadership, community, diversity, and self-education.
2008: Crossroads 2 retreat was developed by Marc Cordon who expanded the program and developed the concept of student coordinators, increasing student demand for participation.
2012: First Crossroads Retreat for upper class students as a result of the growing popularity of the retreat and the OMPS office as a result of student testimonials, increasing upper-class student interest.
Life beyond the classroom