Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Ottawa University seeks to enhance the experience of all students, focusing on first-generation and underrepresented student populations, through programming, and other cultural competency activities, aimed at increasing the academic and personal developments of all students.





Donald Anderson, MBA
Office:  Admin 209
Phone: 785-248-2311  


Donald J. Anderson is the Multicultural Programming Coordinator at Ottawa University, where he devotes his time fostering supportive individual relationships with all students with a focus on minority students. In addition, Donald facilitates a shared knowledge of diversity and cultural competency on the Ottawa University campus as well as the greater community. He plays a vital role in student success, retention and persistence at Ottawa University.



Position On Diversity 

Diversity is defined as that incredible and beautiful variety of personal identities, experiences, values and world views that result from differences of origin, culture and circumstance. Ottawa University defines and appreciates diversity in all of its forms including age, ability or disability, ethnicity, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, and family and marital status.


Ottawa University's Diversity Statement

Ottawa University celebrates and prizes the diversity of its students, faculty staff and Board of Trustees. In keeping with its mission statement, the University is called to actively foster an environment of awareness, appreciation, and intentional inclusivity. We hold this as essential in an institution which declares that it will conduct its affairs in a caring, Christ-centered

community of grace. We believe we must embrace diversity because to do so is just, powerful, personally enriching and intelligent and because we believe Christ has called us to do so through His teachings and His example.

Diversity Activities Board

The Diversity Activities Board Student Organization (DAB) functions similar to our student organization Campus Activities Board. The focus of this group is to provide programming and opportunities for students to gain knowledge on diversity and become more culturally competent.

Black Student Union

The Black Student Union Student Organization (BSU) aims to unite the entire student body at Ottawa University, to promote diversity, to increase awareness of the African American culture and to support African American students, as well as students from other diverse groups on campus. Black Student Union will plan activities that will promote diversity and understanding.

GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance)

The​ ​Student​ ​Welcoming​ ​and​ ​Affirming​ ​Network​ ​(S.W.A.A.N.)​ ​is​ ​intended​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​safe​ ​and​ ​friendly environment​ ​for​ ​any​ ​who​ ​wish​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of​ ​it.​ ​The​ ​purpose​ ​of​ ​SWAAN​ ​is​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​support​ ​group,​ ​as well​ ​as​ ​a​ ​progressive​ ​advocacy​ ​group,​ ​for​ ​those​ ​who​ ​fit​ ​outside​ ​the​ ​perceived​ ​“norms”​ ​of​ ​society,​ ​with a​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​sexuality,​ ​gender,​ ​and​ ​those​ ​who​ ​are​ ​an​ ​ally​ ​to​ ​the​ ​queer​ ​community. 

Whole Earth Club

The Whole Earth Club provides opportunities for cross-cultural experiences on campus and at the same time promotes closer relationships between all students. As its name implies, The Whole Earth Club recognizes no racial or other barriers to its membership.