The Cultural Center offers a student-centered environment that celebrates diversity, fosters leadership opportunities, and provides a safe place for students of all backgrounds. It is a community that promotes the appreciation of the unique blend of cultures, traditions, and histories represented in our campus community, thus enhancing students’ experiences both inside and outside of the classroom.
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Hello, my name is Rebekah, and I’m the president of the Jewish Student Association. I’m also a senior pursuing a double major in biology and psychology. What can I say? I really want to understand how the human mind works. If I could’ve triple majored to add in history, I would have. Understanding our past is so important to making the most of our future. And this couldn’t be truer for the Jewish population.
As president of the association, I organize cultural and networking events, holiday festivities, and group outings. I also arrange guest speakers to highlight important events in Jewish history and celebrate successful members of the community. I often research and lead these seminars myself, so having resources I can trust is of the utmost importance.
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Hiya, I’m Sam! I’m majoring in Latin-American Studies, because I want to learn more about my heritage. You see, I’m half Hispanic on my father’s side, but since I didn’t grow up with my dad, the culture is a giant question mark for me. I love that the Cultural Center gives me a chance to participate in celebrations and experience Hispanic traditions, such as Dia de Los Muertos and Cinco de Mayo, firsthand.
What I’m having trouble with is learning about Latin America through textbooks and journal articles. It all makes so much sense when I am experiencing the culture, but the intricate details and lengthy explanations in textbooks can sometimes confuse me. Add on top of that, the fact that I am an advanced language student and have to read these materials in Spanish, and it becomes that much more overwhelming.
Hi, I’m Terrence. I just started my master’s program in African-American Studies. I’m incredibly proud of where I come from, and my goal is to one day help others overcome the stereotypes forced upon them by the media, popular culture, and the mainstream portrayal of history, so that they can feel every bit as proud as I do. I just submitted my official thesis topic last week, but I knew exactly what it would be long before I entered grad school.
Growing up and hearing my parents and grandparents speak about the atrocities and triumphs of the Civil Rights movement, I always longed to know more. At any break in their stories, I would ask question after question. Sometimes, they knew the answers, but often times they didn’t. That’s another reason I decided to enhance my learnings at a graduate level, so that when I tell these same stories to my children, I will always have the answers.
Hi, my name is Dani, and I’m an active member of the LGBTI Student Association. I hope to make a big difference in this country—and the entire world, really—with regards to basic human and civil rights. That’s why I’m double-majoring in prelaw and business. My goal is to start a thriving nonprofit before reaching my thirtieth birthday. I work hard at everything I do, and I expect that to only become truer after I graduate.
For now my extracurricular responsibilities include arranging group meetings, social gatherings, civic events, and awareness events, which includes finding articles and statistics to support these efforts. I need all the experience I can get, and luckily the association gives me plenty. When it comes to resources, I need current and specific content that doesn’t gloss over the needs of the LGBTI community. Mainstream media provides more than enough impassioned opinion pieces, so what I need are hard facts and historical examples.
Hi, my name is Rebekah. I'm the president of the Jewish Student Association.
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Hi, my name is Sam. I'm a Latin-American Studies student.
Hi, my name is Terrence. I'm an African-American Studies student.
Hi, my name is Dani. I'm an LGBTI Student Association member.