Staff & Services
Clyde Wilson Pickett
Director of Multicultural Development
Clyde W. Pickett became the director of multicultural development in June 2005. Pickett supervises all services and programs of the Office of Multicultural Development. Additionally, Pickett is the director of the Multicultural Center and the advisor to several student organizations. Previously, he served Morehead State University for two years in the Multicultural Student Services Office. Originally from Louisville, Ky, Pickett completed his BS in agricultural economics from the University of Kentucky and his M.Ed. in adult and higher education leadership with emphasis in counseling and multicultural issues from Morehead State University.
Dean of Students
Adriane Thompson-Bradshaw joined the student affairs staff in August 1987 as director of student programming. The following year, she began directing minority student affairs. In 1991 Thompson-Bradshaw became the first director of multicultural development. After serving several years as the director of McIntosh Center, she was named dean of students, responsible for new student orientation, judicial affairs, Greek life, student activities and multicultural development. Previously, Thompson-Bradshaw was part of the residence life staff at The College of Wooster and worked in admissions at Old Dominion University. She earned her BA degree from Old Dominion in speech and mass media and an M.A. degree from Bowling Green State University in popular culture. Thompson-Bradshaw directs the ONU Gospel Ensemble and hosts a weekly gospel music broadcast on WONB, the campus radio station.
At Ohio Northern University, the focus of the Office of Multicultural Development (OMD) is the complete success of the students it serves. The OMD strives to lead the campus community in a celebration of diversity through academic and social programming while being the unwavering voice of the multicultural student.
The OMD recruits, retains, nurtures and supports the multicultural students on campus by advancing each student’s academic, social, humanitarian and spiritual growth. Programming and services are created by a dedicated staff lead by the director of the OMD, Clyde W. Pickett. The OMD supports the involvement of diverse students in all facets of campus life.
Created to address the needs of a rapidly changing student demographic, the OMD was established in 1991. The office humbly began on the second floor of the McIntosh Center.
The Office of Multicultural Development’s original purpose was the development and implementation of programs to serve the multicultural student. Using academic and extracurricular activities, the popularity of the office expanded. One of the more popular events became the People in Celebration of Diversity series. By addressing a different monthly topic, then presenting a corresponding program, multiculturalism on campus became recognized and respected. Other programs developed by the OMD were co-sponsored by student organizations and increased campus-wide participation in celebration of diversity.
While the personnel, location and identity of OMD have changed over the years, its purpose has remained the same. A multicultural component is necessary for the holistic education of today’s college student. To make this a reality, the OMD assists with cooperative unity on behalf of the multicultural student.