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  • 1979:

    • Lelia Brown, now Lelia Crawford, is 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 woman 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.
    • The Black Student Alliance (BSA) is founded.

    •  All-star Leagues, the program that later evolves into Multicultural Outreach and Resources at Emory (MORE), begins. 
  • 1988: 
    • Howard Wray served as Director of OMSP and focused primarily on revolving door enrollmetn of Black students, resulting from the hostile racial climate prevalent in the nation.
    • The office reogranizes in an effort to better serve all minority students. 
  • 1989:  Vera Dixon Rorie became Assistant Dean for Campus Life and Director of OMSP. She changed the office’s name to the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services (OMPS) 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; an African themed graduation ceremony.

  • 2000: The Latino Task Force is initiated to increase Latino student enrollment
  • 2002:  Dean Rorie renamed the Excellence Awards the Delores P. Aldridge Excellence Awards in honor of Dr. Aldridge; Emory University’s first black woman professor and creator of the African-American Studies Department.

  • 2003:  Unity Week becomes Unity Month, a month-long event, acknowledging and celebrating the diversity that exists at Emory.

  • 2003:  Development of Issues Troupe; a student theatrical company.

  • 2004:  First year of the Crossroads Retreat; initiated by Harmony, a black student group that petitioned President Wagner to fund a freshman 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 who recognized "Emory's Office of Multicultural Programs & Services' mission and diversity initiatives."

  • 2012: 

    • The Crossroads 3 Retreat was created for upperdivision students who did not experience the Crossroads Retreat during their first year. This was in response to increased student demand and popularity of the program. The Crossroads 3 Retreat was later removed to allow for the creation of Intersections. 

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • The first Latin@/Hispanic student & family reception was held during New Student Orientation.
    • 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, Crossroads Direct, and Intersections Extended events.

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