How Can Diversity Initiatives Benefit My Student?

Students who have encountered diversity through interpersonal dialogue, group dynamics and participation in multicultural activities and programming benefit socially, cognitively and academically.

They enhance competencies in critical thinking, communication, organizational management and more.

For many students, college may be the first time they've encountered individuals whose experiences, cultures, values and social norms differ from their own.

Whether it is inside or outside the classroom, on campus or across the world through study abroad trips, students who have encountered diversity are better able to understand themselves and respect differences in others.

Through the richness of these opportunities, students gain self-confidence as well as an awareness of and appreciation for diversity and its role in society.

At BW, diversity relates to the importance of acknowledging and respecting persons whose beliefs, practices and norms differ from one's own.  Likewise, it encourages individuals to explore, engage in and embrace the uniqueness of self and others.

A diversity-related component is included in BW's core curriculum.  In addition, your student can experience diversity through academics, co-curricular and experiential learning activities, campus programming and social interactions. Suggestions include:

  • Registering for courses that explore diversity and multicultural issues, such as those in religion, international studies, foreign language, sociology, history, education, business and political science.
  • Considering a major/minor in International Studies or a minor in Asian Studies or Diversity Studies.
  • Volunteering through the Office of Community Outreach and/or interning with organizations that serve marginalized individuals and/or focus on international efforts, civil rights or other work with populations, policies or programs that are diversity associated.
  • Participating in Study Abroad opportunities.

  • Joining campus organizations comprised of individuals whose race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation or opinions differ from your own or whose focus is on diversity-related issues. 
  • Attending BW campus programming that spotlights international/ethnic cultures or provides opportunities for discussion of diversity-related issues.
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