The Intercultural Center is expanding its corps of student leaders to run programs and to help create a climate of inclusiveness throughout the campus.
In 2011, the Intercultural Center established Student Leaders Initiating Diversity Education (SLIDE), a group of students hired and trained to help organize and host the Intercultural Center’s weekly programs.These programs feature speakers, films and artists that address a variety of diversity issues and help raise awareness of social justice.
SLIDErs are also responsible for various other activities, including the annual Diversity Dance and the Cultural Graduate Celebrations, which are special ceremonies during graduation time for certain groups and their allies: Asian Pacific American; Black; Latino; and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender, Queer/ Questioning, Intersex and Ally (LGBTQIA).
To broaden its outreach, the Intercultural Center is launching another leadership initiative in January 2013 called the Intercultural Development Program. This program will train student ID leaders to facilitate activities and dialogue in the first-year residence halls and with targeted student leadership.The Center’s new assistant director, when hired, will supervise the first ID leaders in launching a pilot project, an evening program series called “Connect” in two first-year residence halls.