Global and Diverse Society

Each fall as part of the University's Orientation Week for new students, one of the required sessions focuses on issues of diversity.

The Global and Diverse Society programs have featured prominent national speakers who have examined diversity on several levels. For example, Dr. Steve Perry, author and educator, was the keynote speaker in the fall of 2015 and addressed the importance of engaging with individuals from other cultures in order to develop fully as a person.

Previously, Dr. Maura Cullen led the sessions in both 2013 and 2014. A consultant to more than 500 organizations and author of "35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: Surprising Things We Say That Widen the Diversity Gap," Dr. Cullen led the students in a series of exercises on how to communicate about diversity.

Introducing our students to these issues early in their academic careers is one of the ways in which we attempt to build and strengthen a community in which all individuals are treated with respect and trust.