Building Connections: Fostering Community Through Awareness
Multicultural. Multinational. Multilingual.
Our world is an exciting blend of ethnicities, races and cultures.
As a BW student, your son or daughter is immersed in a campus setting that is diverse. Through academic initiatives, co-curricular activities and campus programs, your student can gain valuable insights and experiences.
Encountering Differences, Embracing Respect
For many students, college may be the first time they've encountered individuals whose experiences, cultures, values and social norms differ from their own. These situations may challenge their comfort zone. But studies show these experiences can have positive effects socially, cognitively and academically.
Whether it is inside or outside the classroom, on campus or across the world through study abroad trips, students who have encountered diversity through interpersonal interactions, group dynamics and participation in multicultural and intercultural activities and programming are better able to respect differences in others. In addition, they benefit from enhanced skills in critical thinking, articulation, interpersonal communication and mediation.
Through the richness of these opportunities, students gain self-confidence as well as an awareness of and appreciation for diversity and its role in society, in the workplace and in the community.
Diversity Opportunities at BW
At BW, diversity relates to the importance of acknowledging and respecting persons whose beliefs, practices and norms differ from one's own. Students are encouraged to explore, engage in and embrace the uniqueness of self and others. Opportunities include:
- Taking courses that explore diversity and multicultural issues, such as religion, international studies, foreign language, sociology, history, education, business, political science and others
- Majoring or minoring in a foreign language, international studies or a similar area
- Volunteering through the Office of Community Outreach and/or interning with organizations that serve marginalized individuals. Also worthwhile are international efforts, civil rights and other work with populations, policies and programs that are diversity associated
- Participating in study abroad opportunities
- Joining campus organizations that are comprised of individuals whose race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation or opinions differ from their own or whose focus is on diversity issues
- Attending BW campus programming that is sponsored by multicultural and diversity organizations