- Ryan Donaldson ’15
- Hometown: North Canton, Ohio
- Major: Medical Technology
When I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. I was interested in becoming a medical technologist, and heard that Mount Union had an outstanding medical technology program.
Diversity at Mount Union
Mount Union attempts to create a community that is welcoming and appreciative of all students, faculty, staff and guests. Diversity is not simply a mandate but at the heart and core of our strategic initiatives. Diversity at the university includes a student body with multicultural and international student representation, special activities and programming related to multicultural and international topics, curricular offerings in multicultural and international subjects, study abroad, international internships, and the student organizations known as the Association of International Students, Black Student Union, and the Gay Straight Alliance. The Center for Global Education, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of the Chaplain, and Student Accessibility Services oversees much of this activity.
Center for Global Education
Among several activities, this office plans International Education Week and monthly International Teas hosted by international students who introduce their cultures and national food to the campus community.
International students have the opportunity to participate in the Community Friend Program. The Community Friend Program matches students with individuals or families within the surrounding Alliance community for a friendship-based host family experience.
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Mr. Richard G. Jackson, director and Ms. Ashley Ross lead the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. This office sponsors activities such as Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Week, and Dr. Martin Luther King Day. In addition the office brings special speakers and programs to campus and works closely with the Black Cultural Center.
Office of the Chaplain
The Office of the Chaplain oversees the religious and spiritual diversity of the campus. The Reverend Marty CashBurless is the University Chaplain and directs the various religious life groups on campus.
Student Accessibility Services
The office is committed to providing equal opportunities in higher education to academically qualified students with disabilities. Ms. Karen Saracusa is the director.
Student Organizations: Association of International Students, Black Student Union and Gay Straight Alliance
The Black Student Union and Gay Straight Alliance are two student organizations that provide programming and opportunities for student involvement. International as well as American students are active in the Association of International Students. This organization plans the very popular International Dinner every fall semester.
Curriculum Offerings and Special Programs
In the curriculum, diversity is found in the Africana Studies and the Gender Studies minors, study in International Affairs and Diplomacy, International Business and Economics, Foreign Language, Asian Studies, Study Abroad and special programs like the EXPLORaider and Minority Achievement Award.