The Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion develops programs to educate the entire campus community on issues of diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism. At the same time, we provide services and support for students from historically underrepresented populations.
The Center nurtures a sense of belonging for students from diverse backgrounds and encourages them to participate actively in their curricular and co-curricular learning, including campus and community organizations, leadership opportunities, and intercultural experiences. In collaboration with other University departments, the Center coordinates programs and services that foster an inclusive campus environment, promote a welcoming and just University community, and encourage and value the contributions and perspectives of all students.
- To provide campus-wide programs that further all students’ development of cultural competence and respect for diversity and social justice.
- To develop, implement, and evaluate programs and services that support historically underrepresented students in their personal development and transition throughout their John Carroll University experiences.
- To provide leadership opportunities for underrepresented students that focus on engagement in campus and community organizations.
- To identify, examine, and recommend organizational changes that remove barriers to inclusion and promote student success.
EXPLORING IDENTITY IN COLLEGE
In the above clip from the documentary film “Little White Lie,” filmmaker Lacey Schwartz describes how she explored her racial identity in college. The clip highlights a very common experience for college students of color in their racial identity formation and development. Other social identities (such as ethnicity, gender identity, gender identity expression, sexual orientation, etc.) begin and/or continue to develop and grow in college. All students undergo a racial identity development process, including white students. In the following clip, for example, Schwartz reflects on what it means to be biracial.
“Everyone makes a difference” It’s something people always say but I never believe it until I started college, I felt the exact opposite. However, I learned the importance of just being a member. Sure, as a leader you are the face of a movement/org. But as a member you offer support and provide a sense of reliability with others. Members serve as bridges connecting outsiders and allowing them to see the vision, hear your voice, etc.” (Participant, 2016 Cultural Leadership Workshop)
“I learned just how important diversity and acceptance is. I think everyone should have to be educated on the harm of ignorance, and how important recognizing race and differences between people are.” (Participant, 2015 Pathways to Success)