The Multicultural Leadership Ambassadors pose with Residence Life staffers
Photo courtesy of: Office for Diversity and Inclusion
Feb 6, 2017
By George E. Mauzy Jr.
Beginning this month, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion's Multicultural Leadership Ambassadors are holding office hours in nine different residence halls on the Athens Campus.
The new Multicultural Leadership Ambassadors in Residence Program, a collaboration between Housing and Residence Life and Diversity and Inclusion, will give residence hall students another contact point for diversity questions or conversations.
“I feel this is a big step for the Housing and Residence Life and Diversity and Inclusion offices,” said Ambassador Tyler Reid. “It is a great way to provide students with additional resources to discuss diversity.”
According to the Diversity and Inclusion website, the Ambassadors are a select group of trained peer advocates who strive to eliminate stereotypes while building inclusive, understanding communities through interactive presentations. They are trained to answer or direct questions to the appropriate person on campus.
Since the beginning of the program, each member shares his or her own diversity narrative and helps others understand the importance of diversity on campus and in our society.
The Multicultural Leadership Ambassadors in Residence Program will:
These are the Ambassadors and their assigned residence hall:
"This program gives us more diversity conversations in the residence halls," said Dr. Shari J. Clarke, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion. "All of our students arrive on campus with their own lens of the world according to how they were raised. It is not unusual for students to believe false stereotypes and react to other students inappropriately because of them. The narrative changes when you actually interact with and know individuals who are different from yourself. It breaks down the negative stereotypes.”
Dr. Clarke said that since the residence halls are these students' home away from home, they need to be a welcoming place for all students.
"The Ambassadors will offer diversity expertise to all of these students," Dr. Clarke said. "The Ambassadors are not there to take the place of the resident hall assistants; they are there to promote an inclusive environment and to encourage dialogue on diversity issues."
For more information about the program, contact the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at 740-593-2614.