The Diversity & International Center offers many opportunities for students to get involved on campus. We are always looking for student leaders to help organize or plan events, or feel free to just come and participate. Check out some of the many programs, clubs, and activities that are happening this year.
We support several student clubs and organizations, by providing meeting space, leadership training, and more.
And when all of our clubs (and allies work together for a common cause or project, we collaborate as the Diversity Union.
Programs & Activities
Promotion of the Bastian Foundation Diversity Lecture Series
September 13, 2012: Making Private Problems Public Issues: Revisioning a Social Justice Approach to Carework, Mary Romero
November 1, 2012: Native Science and Ecology, Greg Cajete
January 10, 2013: Academics as Activists, Michael Eric Dyson
March 5, 2013: Being White, Being Good, Being Vigilant:How Even Projects of Disruption Might Risk Reproduction, Barbara Applebaum
April 3, 2013: Being and Becoming a Social Justice Activist, Bruce Bastian
All Diversity Lectures are in the Vieve Gore Concert Hall @ 7:30 p.m.
Diversity Dialogues are discussions about race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion, immigration status and ways that these dimensions intersect and impact our identities. These open, honest and respectful discussions provide opportunities to learn and practice effective strategies for listening, sharing ideas, and gaining knowledge on diversity issues with others. Fall 2013 Diversity Dialogues will be held on September 10, October 23, and November 12 at 4 pm in the Diversity & International Center.
International Fest: February 8, 2014
Held annually during Spring Semester, International Fest is an evening celebration focused on sharing cultures, food, music, and dance planned primarily by Westminster’s international students in collaboration with ASWC.
International Education Week: November 18-22, 2013
International Education Week is observed throughout the United States and in more than 100 countries overseas. This week we highlight our international students, broaden the campus community's understanding of world cultures and languages, and reinforce the importance of establishing enduring friendships and partnerships through international education and exchange.
Language Living Room
This program provides opportunities for domestic and international students to meet each other, learn about each others’ cultures, and practice their language skills in a relaxing environment. For example, students taking Chinese can practice their Chinese with our international students from China, and international students can practice their English skills and learn English slang with native English speakers. Learn about a new culture, practice your intercultural communication skills, and make new friends!
Language Living Room is held in the Giovale Library (1st floor lounge) from 2-3 pm. Dates for Fall 2013: September 17, October 17, November 25 and December 6.
Generation First! Program
Generation First! participants are the “first generation” of students who will complete a four-year degree in their immediate families. Generation First! seeks to create a support system that honors the common connections and distinct experiences of being first-generation college students. Connecting first generation faculty and staff with first generation students, Gen First! provides opportunities to share experiences, develop mentoring and other relationships, and collaborate on programs and activities.
Study Abroad and May Term Fairs
Westminster students have the opportunity to study almost anywhere in the world. Learn about the options at the Study Abroad Fairs:
- September 12, 2013 from 10 am - 2 pm, Richer Commons
Learn about May Term Study Experiences with Westminster Faculty
members at the May Term Fair:
- October 17, 2013 from 10am-2pm, Shaw Center
Westminster Allies Coalition
An ally is a member of a dominant group who uses his/her privilege to eradicate societal isms that s/he does not experience in the negative. Given the broad range of societal isms—racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, ableism, etc., most of us can be allies. The Westminster Allies Program is an educational and activist group for students, staff, and faculty who want to make a difference.For more information, contact the Diversity and International Center.
Westminster Voices: March 26, 2014
Westminster Voices is an open mic night that provides an opportunity and place for students and other members of the campus community who are members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education—first-generation college students; international students, staff and faculty; members of the Westminster LGBTQ community; persons of color; persons with disabilities; women; among others—to share their stories, be recognized, and create their own way of saying “I am here.” In February, participants can reserve time on the program to read a poem, share a story or essay, sing, perform, screen a video, or share their voices in another creative manner.