New Effort Conference focused on raising awareness about inclusivity and what
students can do to get involved, occurred last Wednesday, April 24.
Inclusivity Director of the Student Government Association, described the event
and its purpose.
of the O.N.E. conference was to get the whole campus involved and engaged in
inclusivity. Inclusivity is not discussed to the levels where it should be on
this campus, so this conference is a way of engaging the campus on how we can
better discuss this topic,” Moua said.
that understanding and developing diversity and inclusivity is not only for a
better campus but is needed for the work environment.
leaving this campus should be ready and set to face all the tribulations that
society will give them. That is why diversity and the acceptance of diversity
are so important. In the future, you will not get to decide who you will have
to work with. That is why understanding and accepting someone’s differences is
It not only makes you a better citizen, but it also prepares you
for the future,” Moua said.
attended the conference and explained its purpose. “To provide equal
opportunity for all students of all races and culture, and in order to provide
equal opportunity, we need to consider these differences, embrace them and cooperate
with one another,” Zondlo said.
stressed the importance of accepting diversity.
there is only one student on campus that may be having a problem with it—if you
could reach out to that one student, it would be worth it. It’s good to educate
students on this because people can forget. Even if it’s not a large problem on
this campus, it is hard to be perfect,” Zondlo said.
Bernie Patterson, who spoke at the conference, was adamant that inclusivity is not
something just a few people need to be involved in.
cannot be something that only one group on campus is interested in. This has to
be something that is infused across campus,” Patterson said. “It has to be
something that everybody thinks and understands and agrees that it is their
responsibility, just like recruiting and retaining students. In fact, you could
easily make the case that the issues of diversity we are talking about right
now are critical to our success in recruiting and retaining students.”
many students may not see much of a problem with diversity on campus, Moua said
that due to his position, he sees the problem more than others.
inclusivity, this campus is not doing terrible, but that doesn’t mean there
isn’t room for improvement. Speaking to so many students, not everyone has had
a very pleasant experience here because of the discrimination and racism that
faced,” Moua said. “There is a lot more that this campus could be doing to
educate and raise awareness to prevent these incidents.”
has already taken numerous steps to help increase diversity on campus,
including the new search for a Director of Diversity on campus and the
allocation of funds toward inclusive activities to promote diversity and
acceptance across campus.