In 1989, Dr. Anthony Ceddia (University President) created the Office of Minority Student Affairs (MSA) in response to the growing need to address cultural and social needs of African American students. In 1990, the African American students invited the Latino students to become a charted MSA organization. Since 1990 several other cultural student organizations have become a part of the MSA family. In 1994, the office's name was changed to what it is known as today - The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
The MSA strives to expose students to individuals and experiences that will help them to grow, develop self-confidence, and gain assertiveness. The MSA always challenges students to learn about themselves and their cultures, and how they impact their everyday lives.
The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs provides students with the opportunity to ask the question "Why?" - especially about paramount issues such as sexism, racism, sexuality, religious preference, etc.