In 2005, multicultural professionals from six Ohio colleges and universities convened to discuss a rationale for a new forum. In recognition of the unfolding demographic shifts, and potential to advocate for a varied student body, sharing social and intellectual capital motivated the group to explore the formation of an organization. The organization would address the expanding needs of diverse student bodies served by Ohio's colleges and universities and expand its reach to the community.
From the inaugural conference in May of 2005, titled: "Imagine a Consortium of Ohio Multicultural Centers in Higher Education," to the meeting in May of 2008, to now–we have seen the creation, growth and evolution of something very special. The founding group took form and worked with due diligence–emailing and holding quarterly meetings hosted by different campuses throughout Ohio. These meetings prompted even more valuable support from various schools in Ohio and expanded its reach to community colleges.
We have imagined, worked, planned and dreamed–and now these dreams have become a reality. As a result of those efforts, in 2008, the Ohio Consortium of Multicultural Centers in Higher Education (OCMCHE) was created. There is still much to be done in the days ahead as OCMCHE continues to evolve. However, this collaborative group is steadfast and ready to embrace the challenges and serve as advocates for diversity, multicultural education and equity.