Numerous University of Akron students spoke to city leaders to express their concerns about the closing of the Office of Multicultural Development.
Senior English major Michael Davis says he and some of his fellow students are fighting to keep the office open because it will help future UA students sustain success in college.
"The Office of Multicultural Development will assist them in utilizing their potential," he said.
"The sharp focus of the organization on helping the retention of under-represented students."
The University plans on closing the office next year in favor of a Student Success Center for all students as well as a Multicultural Center for programming needs. University officials sent out an email to students to ensure that all services and programs will continue with the two new centers.
Over 20 students spoke during the public comment portion of the Akron City Council meeting Monday night. Last week, over 100 students peacefully protested the closing of the office on the UA campus.
Student Bianca Gomez tells AkronNewsNow.com how the OMD (Office of Multicultural Development) gave her the skills she needs to excel in the workforce once she graduates.
"OMD helped me develop leadership skills they don't teach in class or give in a handout, " she said.
Gomez served as a peer mentor for the Office of Multicultural Development in her time at UA, and said that for some of her peers, the services and support that they received made the difference between earning a degree and possibly dropping out.
Mark Smith says the Office of Multicultural Development really helped him in his college career.
"The office has directed me to navigating the campus way more efficiently than I was before," he explained.
Smith says the services offered at the Office of Multicultural Development should be their for current and future students in hopes of bolstering retention rates for minorities.
City leaders such as Ophelia Averitt, President of the Akron Chapter of the NAACP said that by closing the office, it would create a ripple effect in the community.
"I think we should do something about this," she said.
"These young people are our future."
City officials say they plan on meeting with university officials in the near future to discuss the future of the Office of Multicultural Development.
City Council President Garry Moneypenny tells AkronNewsNow.com said he was impressed with the group of empassioned young adults he saw Monday night.
"They asked us to try and reach out to the President of the University, Dr. Luis Proenza, and also to make contact with the Board of Trustees, and the least we can do is try to do that for them."