Office of Multicultural Services

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Globe Our world is shrinking.  The global village and economy are no longer vague notions or concepts.  Our future success, our survival depends greatly upon our ability to create environments where we each can be the best of ourselves, where we respect others that we meet along the way, where we celebrate each other and we make sure that there is always room one more.

Our Guiding Tenet
"Multiculturalism is a system of beliefs and behaviors that recognizes and respects the presence of all diverse groups in an organization or society, acknowledges and values their socio-cultural differences, and encourages and enables their continued contribution within an inclusive cultural context, which empowers all within the organization and society."

Caleb Rosado, Ph.D.  Rosado Consulting for Change in Human Systems www.rosado.net (used with permission) 

Our Mission
The Office of Multicultural Services (OMS) works to create a climate of inclusiveness, and respect for All. OMS implements strategies for the recruitment and retention of students from culturally diverse backgrounds, and supports these students throughout their experience at Ocean County College (OCC). 

OMS works in partnership with faculty, staff, and students of OCC, community organizations, special interest and religious groups, as well as parents' organizations, to identify under-served and under-represented students.   The Multicultural Board supports campus multicultural programming; membership includes OCC staff and faculty as well as community partners committed to inclusive programming and diversity.

Our Service Objectives

When we come together, we weave the vibrant tapestry of our unique values, cultures, and traditions.  When we embrace multiculturalism we build a foundation of appreciation, celebration and understanding; that is diversity at work, and everyone benefits.  Join us!

Office Location and Hours

Room 101– First Floor Administration Building

Monday & Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

732.255.0400 ext. 2026

Office Staff

Grace Johnson, Assistant Director
Gjohnson@ocean.edu ext. 2465

José Olivares, Community Outreach Representative
Jolivares@ocean.edu ext. 2035

Patricia A. Cerone, Managerial Technicial
Pcerone@ocean.edu ext. 2026

Catherine W. Merker, Learning Resource Specialist
Cmerker@ocean.edu ext. 2027

Laura F. Rickards, Director
Lrickards@ocean.edu ext. 2400