PALOMA is the Pennsylvania Association of Liaisons and Officers of Multicultural Affairs (paloma is the Spanish word for dove which is the universal symbol of peace). PALOMA is a network of multicultural affairs professionals in higher education within the state of Pennsylvania that provides professional development, support and training, exchanges best practices in the field, collaborates on joint programming and engages in research, assessment and continual renewal.
Mission: The mission of PALOMA is to provide a network of support, professional development, and resources for practitioners and other professional addressing multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice in Pennsylvania higher education. PALOMA provides an organizational support system for administrators, staff, faculty, and community leaders who are dedicated to advancing social justice in higher education. The holistic professional needs of the membership are the major priority of the organization.
Vision: PALOMA will be a leading voice and change agent for issues related to multicultural and diversity affairs within higher education in Pennsylvania. Attention to the multiple areas of diversity is a strategic, moral, and educational mandate for the organization. These areas minimally include the eight dimensions of diversity outlined by the Council for the Advancement of Standards: race, ethnicity, religion, gender, ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and national origin.
Therefore, coalition building and ally development are central to the organization’s mission for both outreach and program development. Achieving both requires attention to the intersections of cultural identities. Advancing multicultural competency development is a central tenet for the institutional and individual members.
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