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University of Kansas Office of Minority Affairs records

 Record Group
Call Number: RG 6


This collection consists of records from the University of Kansas' Office of Minority Affairs and includes some information about activities that took place before its creation. It includes information about the first African American student at the university, a woman, who started in the Preparatory Academy in 1870. More recently, the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center was dedicated in 2008 as the new home of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.


  • 1879 - 2006


Conditions Governing Access

Some series in this record group will require permission from the office of origin before use. Personnel and student records are closed in accordance with applicable law. All requests are subject to review by the Archives staff to determine accessibility.

History of the Office of Multicultural Affairs

The University of Kansas' Office of Multicultural Affairs had its origins in the protests and minority movements of the 1960s and 1970s, both on campus at KU and around the country on other university campuses.

In 1968 students formed the Black Student Union. In response to African American student demands conducted through the BSU, the university formed the Urban Action Council in the spring of 1969. Later that year, acting Provost Francis Heller appointed Phillip M. Gary as assistant to the Chancellor of Urban Affairs, a position that quickly became a director of the Office of Urban Affairs.

In 1972 the office changed its name to become the Office of Minority Affairs. Its purpose was to serve students, faculty, and staff and to assist them in dealing with problems related to their status as members of a minority group. Programs focused on student recruitment and retention at the undergraduate and graduate level, counseling, programming, and otherwse serving as support to students and staff. The office also began a program of cultural enrichment for the campus.

In the early 2000s the office again changed names and is now called the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA). The office continues to focus on providing opporutnities to minority students to enhance their educational experience at the University of Kansas, and in 2009 the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center became the home for the office. As of 2012, the OMA reports to the Office of Diversity and Equity.


22.75 Linear Feet (31 boxes)

Series List

This collection is arranged in the following series:

Correspondence and Subject File
Multicultural Resource Center
Multicultural Scholars Program

Physical Location

RG 6


University Archives continues to add material to this collection on a regular basis.

The Collection Description was current as of September 14, 2010.

Related Materials

Photographs for this department may be found at the same record group (RG) number.

Guide to the Records of the University of Kansas
University of Kansas Office of Minority Affairs records
Finding aid prepared by jtf, 2006
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Preferred citation
University of Kansas Office of Minority Affairs records, University Archives, RG 6, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States