1979: Office of Multicultural Programs and Services formerly known as Minority Student Programs Office was created.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.
1979: 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.
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.
1991: The Brotherhood of Afrocentric Men (BAM) and Unity Week Celebration were established with the hire of Sylvester Hopewell.
1994: Black Student Alliance solicited the support of OMPS to develop Modupe Dayo; African themed graduation ceremony.
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.
2006: Donna Wong was promoted to Assistant Dean for Campus Life and Director of OMPS.
2008: The Crossroads 2 retreat was developed by Marc Cordon who expanded the program and developed the concept of student coordinators, increasing student demand for participation.
2009: OMPS celebrated its 30th anniversary with a gallery exhibit and panelist program.
2010-2011: OMPS received two notable Diversity Grants from Google "recognizing Emory's Office of Multicultural Programs & Services' mission and diversity initiatives".
2012: The first of two Crossroads Retreat for uppe-division students as a result of the growing popularity of the retreat and the OMPS office as a result of student testimonials, increasing upper-division student interest. This program was later removed to allow for the creation of Intersections.
2012: James François was promoted to Assistant Dean for Campus Life and Director of OMPS.
2013: The Division of Campus Life established the Emory Black Student Union (EBSU) as part of the Campus Life Compact. This space, under the guidance of its advisory board, aims to affirm the racial identity of Black students by recognizing the various experiences of past and current Black students.sdfsdfsdfsdf
2013: La Sala was created in response to a needs assessment of Hispanic/Latin@ students in order to provide a communal atmosphere for Hispanic/Latin@ students, staff, and faculty in which they can celebrate their cultures and strengthen their community at Emory.
2014: The Intersections retreat, created by M. DeLa Sweeney, was successfully launched with the help of numerous campus partners to build on upper-division students' capacity for inclusive leadership and cultural humility through the exploration of the intersection of identities
2014: The first Celebrating Accomplishments and Recognizing Academic Success (CARAS) Latin@/Hispanic graduation ceremony was held in collaboration with the Latino Student Organization (LSO). This effort was championed by three members of Class of 2014: Nathalie Ángel, Angelica Calderon, & Christina Tejeda.
2014: Crossroads & Intersections were redesigned to allow more students to become involved with the programs beyond the retreat format. This was accomplished through the launch of Crossroads Connect and Intersections Extended events.
Life beyond the classroom