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Cultural Connections to bring families to campus this weekend

Ohio University's commitment to diversity continues to be a priority as new students make their final decisions in the college admission process.

In an effort to continue to increase diversity and serve students from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, Undergraduate Admissions is hosting Cultural Connections this weekend.

Cultural Connections is a two-day, overnight visitation program for students from disproportionately underrepresented populations and who are admitted to OHIO for fall. This year 85 families from across the country are expected to attend.

"Cultural Connections allows admitted students and their families to see first-hand the rich and diverse campus experience available at OHIO," said Candace Boeninger, assistant vice provost for enrollment management and director of Undergraduate Admissions.

Although the program has some similarities to other visit programs, such as access to Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, Residential Housing, other student service offices, and academic units, Cultural Connections hopes to enhance diversity in the student population by catering specifically to interests of multicultural students. Students will have the opportunity to interact with other multicultural students on campus, as well as explore the different multicultural student organizations.

Many notable speakers will share their experiences throughout the weekend. Visitors will hear from President McDavis during dinner on Saturday evening.
"We are really excited to have the president speak. It means a lot because he has first-hand experience as to what it means to be a multicultural student here at Ohio University," said Stone. "He is a great speaker who can really motivate students and their families and aptly explain why OHIO is the best place for them."