Office of Multicultural Student Success

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African American Initiatives

We are here to support your success as you navigate the road to graduation. We offer tools and resources you may need along the way.

  • Peer and professional mentorship
  • Academic and social development
  • Campus and community resources

Our programs and services focus on recruitment and retention of African American students.

Belonging Excellence (BLX) program

This five-day summer program helps ease the transition into college for new students.

  • Move in early before the start of fall semester.
  • Meet new friends.
  • Learn about academic and social support.
  • Gain leadership skills and more.

Afterward, you're encouraged to join the BLX Living Learning Community in Parks Tower Residence Hall to continue living and learning together.

How can I get involved?

Black Student Organizations


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Mentorship Programs

Connect with mentors at UToledo and in the community through Talented Aspiring Women Leaders and Brothers on the Rise.

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Review our resources for scholarships for Black students.

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Greek Life

UToledo's National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) represents nine historically Black fraternities and sororities on campus.



Meet Jersey Napler-McClendon

Class of 2022, Political Science

“OMSS has been a great help to me during my time here at The University of Toledo. I have met a lot of my friends in the office, and it’s a great place to study and unwind. I would definitely recommend the OMSS to any multicultural student looking for a place to feel comfortable and welcomed.”

Meet Taylor Ottrix

Class of 2023, Biology

“As an African American female and a part of the LGBTQ+ community, the Office of Multicultural Student Success helped me a lot. It’s a safe place to be yourself. It’s so welcoming. What really stood out to me are the multiple black leaders that are in the office. As a black female at a predominantly white school, it’s hard to find people like yourself in the offices. It showed me how as an African American woman, I have people that care about me here that are the same complexion as me.”

Last Updated: 12/22/23