MICUA member institutions take a holistic approach to promoting diversity on campus through a combination of student organizations, cultural celebrations, workshops, lectures, and special events to create an inclusive and supportive environment for all.
Stevenson University offers a variety of resources to enhance diverse campus life. Each of Stevenson’s three campuses features a year-long diverse collection of student and regional art in addition to theatre performances, musical productions, and discussions held throughout the year. The Office of Student Engagement hosts DOPE Chats, which have covered topics related to international poverty, Muslim Americans, and how happiness is defined globally. Each department hosts events pertaining to its focus including the “Diverse Perspectives Forum” by the School of Humanities and Social Studies and monthly ethnic food nights by the University’s dining services and the International Student Association. A Diversity Awareness Program is also offered to train student resident assistants through activities on diversity and inclusion to support the residential curriculum in place for campus residents.
In February 2016, Washington Adventist University supported the Office of the Provost and Betty Howard Student Success team in the collaborative development and launch of an International Student Program. This program aims to “build community and cultural competencies, promote appreciation for cultural diversity, engage in cross-cultural conversations, facilitate interaction between faculty and students, and create a friendly environment for learning, socializing, and leadership among students.” The Caribbean Student Union, Filipino-American Club, Latino Student Union, and the African Students Association, among other clubs, combined with the celebration of multicultural holidays, including Latino Heritage Week and Native American Indian Heritage Month, to promote diversity throughout the year. Campus Ministries also hosts a weekly convocation which features speakers and presentations on diverse topics.
Maryland Institute College of Art uses art as a medium to encourage its students to engage with other cultures and share their own unique backgrounds. This model is shown across departments from the Learning Center’s DisOrder Exhibition, which showcased artwork portraying various physical and mental disabilities, to 13 fiber majors who raised funds for diversity scholarships by designing clothes for the annual Benefit Fashion Show. Students expressed their diverse views through three exhibitions held by Office of Diversity: The Politics of My Body, a study on how society polices bodies based on race and gender; Faithfully Yours, a reflection on all types of relationships; and Third Culture, a reflection on the disconnection felt by international students with American culture. Faculty use a “designers of color” list to broaden and diversify source images shown in lectures and use students’ preferred name and gender pronouns to create an inclusive environment. Speakers are often invited such as Mary Roberts, Professor of Art History at the University of Sydney, who spoke on Islamic and Orientalist art.
This past year, the Washington College Diversity Committee, Student Government Association, Department of Education, Writing Center, and Office of Intercultural Affairs collaborated to host a guest speaker on campus to address identity. The speaker facilitated workshops for students, faculty, and staff; sat on a panel to discuss the concepts of code switching (individuals suppressing a part of their identity to be accepted by the dominant culture); and code meshing (individuals integrating their identity into the norms of the dominant culture). The Office of Intercultural Affairs also organizes celebrations for International Education Week, Diwali, and the Chinese New Year with the Global Education Office, as well as a Diversity Week every fall semester with the Secretary of Diversity.
Capitol Technology University has several clubs and organizations that support culturally diverse students. The National Society of Black Engineers is active at the regional and national levels in its mission to encourage minorities to pursue engineering and technical-related degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Capitol also hosts the Society of Women Engineers, the largest nonprofit education and service organization representing students and professional women in engineering and technical fields. This organization encourages women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expanding the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving quality of life and demonstrating the value of diversity. The oSTEM student group unites LGBT students and their allies who are studying in STEM fields.
At Hood College, the academic year begins and ends with diversity programming. During orientation, incoming students participate in Harmony at Hood, a program designed to teach new students that anti-bullying, support resources, and inclusive language usage are the norms at Hood. The year ends with a Diversity Leadership Recognition Ceremony that recognizes leaders from all underrepresented populations and includes a donning of the Kente/Serape and a Lavender graduation ceremony. During the academic year, the Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion, who organizes Harmony at Hood, collaborates with departments across campus to sponsor heritage/history months with documentaries, trivia games, social and cultural programs, fashion and talent shows, musical performances, and special trips.
Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences builds diversity through education and collaboration. In spring 2015, the Black Graduate Student Association hosted a panel discussion titled “Making #BlackLivesMatter: Local Resistance in a National Struggle,” which led to a collaborative initiative between student groups to address local community issues. In spring 2016, the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers hosted its Second Annual Distinguished Lecture with keynote speaker Willie E. May, Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology. Departmental lecture series feature scholars from diverse fields, exhibits by the Center for Africana Studies and the Latin America Studies program, film viewings, and performances ranging from capoeira demonstrations to Breakbeats poets.