dens me that anyone would think that,” said Morgan. “Events are open to everyone. “ Morgan suggests that non-minority students step outside their comfort zone, and attend as many cultural events as they can. She pointed to the fact that “multicultural” means every culture, not just black or Asian or Hispanic. “Everyone comes from somewhere. America is a nation full of different cultures, and we should learn from each other,” said Morgan. “Not everything is black and white.” Gloria Noronha, a graduate of Emerson College’s Marketing Graduate
together with students to collectively gain a better understanding of the matter itself. “Because [diversity] is such a vast topic you have to narrow it down to what parts... need the most attention at any university. At some universities it is social class, like at a community college... At Emerson it’s race and ethnicity just because that’s what most students struggle with,” explained Noronha. Emerson’s students, staff, and faculty are working together to figure out where the shortcomings are and then trying to move forward from there. According to Noronha, Emerson is
maintain a more comprehensive diversified campus. “One of our goals is to work closely with the departments on campus to improve community outreach because when students learn in the classroom they gain more experience in application,” said Noronha. “We are taking programs that improved race relations on campus and taking that into the community so that we can say, ‘Hey Emerson is really making an effort to improve race relations on campus and we’re doing it not just for ourselves but also for the community.’ Our hope is that Emerson gets that press, and
“Everyone comes from somewhere. America is a nation
full of different cultures, and we should learn from each other.” still working towards building a more diverse campus, but the biggest step that came to the Emerson College President Jacqueline Liebergott’s office was the Strategic Plan for Diversity, titled “Creating a Culture of Inclusion” which was submitted in September 2008. A group of students and faculty began working on the plan in July 2007 when there was an expressed dissatisfaction with the low numbers of multicultural students evident on campus and then the subsequent lack of racial and ethnicity interaction. “[This] Diversity Report is made up of goals on how to increase diversity on this campus. The good thing about it is that it is a shared goal of the college,” said Noronha. By promoting personal growth, enriching the educational experience for students and faculty alike, as well as strengthening the campus and surrounding community, the Strategic Plan for Diversity aims to develop, brace, and
the students learn all around that we’re all in this together to improve this one thing.” According to the Strategic Plan for Diversity, through the development of multi-year plans for long-term diversity focused projects and growth, supportive relationships will be established between all students in both majority and minority groups. New curriculum plans, diversity training workshops, and open campus forums will expand upon the need for and the acceptance of diversity on the Emerson campus. What it comes down to is that some feel that Emerson students do not yet fully understand other ethnicities. “I think some students think that the ‘multicultural kids’ don’t want them around, and that’s just not true. No one hates anyone,” said Morgan. “Students might have to put themselves in an uncomfortable situation at first, but that’s how you learn.”
Program and currently the Administrative Assistant of five years for Emerson’s Center for Diversity agrees that culture is not always as visible in appearance. “Some people think ‘if I’m white, I’m without color.’ However, you came from somewhere. You’re not without culture. A lot of people didn’t experience having students of different race and ethnicities in high school,” Noronha said. “This is the sickness of our school. Racism is so raw in our society. You hate to be the policeman because you want the students to take involvement.” Morgan said that learning about diversity in college has positive effects for both minority and Caucasian students, whether it be in dealing with workplace situations or becoming a wiser citizen of the world. But learning about diversity isn’t just for the students. In order to take out the fear from talking about diversity, she feels the Emerson faculty and departments should be working
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