INVOLVING STUDENTS IN LEADERSHIP positions is an important goal for MICUA members, all of which offer many opportunities for students to influence decision making.
Each fall at Capitol Technology University, the Department of Student Life and Retention holds a student club fair to recruit students for clubs and organizations on campus. In addition, the student life team provides leadership training for all resident assistants, presidents and vice presidents of student clubs and organizations, and members of the Student Leadership Advisory Board. Several organizations focus on culturally diverse students in the STEM disciplines in particular, including the University’s local chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers; Society of Women Engineers; and oSTEM, a student group whose mission is to serve as a professional and social organization that recognizes the needs of LGBT students and their allies.
Stevenson University strongly encourages all students to become involved on campus in some way. Students of color who regularly visit the Center for Diversity and Inclusion are always privy to leadership opportunities on campus. Students are specifically encouraged to join, and eventually lead, cultural groups on campus as well as to become involved in the Student Government Association, Mustang Activities and Programming Board, and the Commuter Student Association. These organizations afford students the opportunity to have an impact on diversity programming on campus.
At Washington Adventist University, students of color are heavily involved in leadership positions on campus. The University encourages students to build their leadership potential by providing opportunities for leadership in small groups, as well as with larger clubs, and the Student Association. An annual Student Leadership Retreat is held in August of each year, involving Student Association leaders, resident assistants, and campus ministers. Further, the institution’s governance structure places students on the various committees that govern the University. Students are selected to ensure that a diverse mix of backgrounds and cultures is interwoven throughout the committee structure.
At Washington College, the Office of Intercultural Affairs launched an Intercultural Ambassador Council, comprised of eight student leaders who represent the following intersecting social and cultural identities: Race/Ethnicity, International, Socioeconomic Status, Sexuality and Gender Identity/ Expression (LGBTQ+), Ability, Religion and Faith, Women, and First Generation College Students. Student ambassadors are asked to engage the campus community via outreach and programming across identities and difference. As a result, more social justice and equity conversations are occuring on campus, with intentional cross-cultural relationship building.