February 14, 2012

Talking Diversity

The Multicultural Leadership Ambassadors of Marshall University presented information on Diversity to Board members at a President's Meeting earlier this week.

Each Ambassador, including Marshall University senior and Finance major Eren Niederhoffer (middle, facing Board members) discussed his or her personal experience with diversity, then concluded with a message important to them about the topic. Niederhoffer's message included the advice to "pause," and "learn from others," rather than be quick to judge, for it is through learning from others that true personal growth occurs.

There was a lot of wisdom exchanged in that 30 minute presentation.

The Multicultural Leadership Ambassadors are recruited by the university's Office of Multicultural Affairs, and trained to be peer educators. The students represent, according to the office, "diverse cultures, geography, sexual-orientation, gender, and ethnicity including Appalachian culture." The Ambassadors have been in existence since 2009 and serve as the "official student voice" for the Division of Multicultural Affairs.

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