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Office of Multicultural Student Engagement

The Office of Multicultural Student Engagement strives to cultivate safe and engaging environments where we value, honor, promote and celebrate the difference and similarities among all students who arrive at our office with multiple layers of identity. Part of our mission is to promote and support students of diverse racial, ethnic, gender identities, romantic attractions, mental and physical capabilities, citizenships, and other identities both academically and professionally. 

Leonard Savala serves as director of the office. Savala comes to Wayne State from Michigan State University, where he has worked in a variety of roles, most recently serving as director of undergraduate diversity in MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In this role, he directed pre-college programs for high school students and developed outreach, retention and support programs for undergraduates.

He also served as a community outreach liaison for MSU's Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives and as academic services coordinator for the Vetward Bound Program at MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine. Additionally, Leonard served two terms as a member of the Michigan Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs.

Savala earned a Ph.D. in higher education from Western Michigan University and received a master's in agricultural and extension education and a bachelor's in dietetics from MSU. 

Contact OMSE:
Wayne State University 
Student Center 
5221 Gullen Mall 7th Floor
Detroit, MI 48202
Office phone: 313-577-2312
Hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday