The attainment of a college degree is one of life’s great accomplishments. The ability to use that degree to connect with and serve diverse populations, as well as work alongside peers of different backgrounds, will enhance your effectiveness as a future professional, and also make you a more culturally-enlightened member of society. College campuses offer resources and locations to help students prepare for working in a global economy, as well as expand their domestic cultural horizons. Check out these resources!
Cultural Centers & Offices
If your campus has a Cultural Center or an Office of Multicultural Affairs, stop on by! They usually have study spaces and student lounges where you can just hang out, meet other students, or even network with different faculty and staff. If you need a quiet place to study, away from the hustle and bustle of other areas of campus, this is a great option. There are often computer labs available as well.
Cultural student clubs/groups
Normally housed inside the Cultural Centers are the many student organizations that focus on culture and diversity. Joining one of these groups is a fantastic way to get involved on-campus, and meet other students, which often result in long-lasting friendships. Through these organizations there are leadership positions, which can serve you well before you enter the professional world.
Colleges will host an array of on-campus events that celebrate and enhance diversity for their student body. Examples include Black History Month (February), Women’s History Month (March), and LGBT Pride Month (June), in addition to other programming (Asian, Native American, Hispanic) throughout the year. World-renowned speakers are invited. Facilitated discussions are had. Depending on the event, there is often food, music, and entertainment. There are often ample opportunities to network with faculty and administrators who also participate in the celebrations. Overall, these are fun opportunities to learn and expand your cultural comprehension.
Community Service opportunities
You can help diverse communities by volunteering your time through community service projects. These experiences will enhance your understanding of U.S. minority populations, as you will get a true immersive experience as you interact with a larger and more diverse sample of a certain community. Often the most memorable and most rewarding, these interactions will help shape the professional you hope to one day become.
Build Your Resume
Yes, as with any involvement or experience, whether inside the classroom, on campus, and out in the community, be sure to consistently update your resume! If you don’t have one already, you can create one using the Activities Resume resource at EducationQuest.org.