- Alina Selby ’14
- Hometown: Finleyville, PA
- Major: Mechanical engineering
I’ve always been interested in how things work and how I can make things more efficient.
Throughout the academic school year, our office hosts a series of programs for Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, American Indian History Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month as well as help plan the activities for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. We also sponsor a one day pre-orientation program (Kaleidoscope) for our incoming minority and/or students of color in the fall. Additionally our office provides other programming as well, ranging sexual awareness programs, World Aids Day and our Hispanic Food Festival to more basic programs such as our movie nights, and round table discussions as well as visiting and participating in other institutions programs and events.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is involved in many activities through-out the year These activities are as follows:
- Raiders Advantage Program - Held in the Fall and Spring semesters educating athletes on the importance of grades, diversity issues, and time management.
- Kaledioscope - Preorientation luncehon for students and parents of color orienting students with faculty, staff and students on campus.
- Bowling Party - To start off the year the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the International Students co-sponsored an event with over 60 students enjoying an evening of bowling.
- Roundtable Discussions -- A free and open discussion for men and women of color on campus to voice their concerns over issues on campus.
- Hispanic Food Festival - A yearly traiditon celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with homemade food samplings from across Latin America and Spain.
- Haunted Prision Adventure - Students and staff explored the haunted prison in Mansfield.
- Homecoming/Alumni Dinner - A yearly tradition welcoming back alumni to celebrate, participate and enjoy the company of new and old Mount Union students.
- Not Another Statistic Conference - The Student Diversity Council sponsors the conference that gives people an opportunity to come together and explore diversity.
- Financial Literacy - Presented by the Financial Aid Office on what types of loans are available for students who attend college.
- Making the Grades - Presented in part with the Financial Aid Office, and the Academic Planning Center, the program educated students on the importance of grades and their effect on financial aid.
- Relay for Life - Student and Staff in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion helped to raise money for cancer research.
- Speakers - Speakers have included Tim Wise, author of White Like Me, and authority on white privelege, Dr. P. Eric Abercrumbie, founder of JDOTT, Mr. Ron Ponder, Coach Herman Boone, Remember the Titans coach.