UAlbany is a university I have found is extremely concerned with diversity. Their slogan is “World Within Reach.” There are over 200 different student groups unique within themselves. There are always different events and programs hosted to promote diversity.
Within the Dept of Residential Life diversity is promulgated through their professional and student staff even with Living and Learning Communities. We are encouraged to get to know our diverse floor and share different interests in order to build community. I feel there are many small ways to strengthen and improve diversity on campus. More programs can be held like melting pots, a cultural show and tell and/or performing arts. I think a great way would be through the performing arts. Around the world many American films are viewed regularly in their movie theaters. In America, you really need to seek out foreign films. I have seen different films in French and Spanish even Bollywood and I loved it. UAlbany should try to bring foreign films on campus as well as live theater. I know there have been a couple of events over the years like author Junot Diaz and musical pieces but I’m not sure about live theater. Of course there might be a language barrier, but theater is all about interpretation. Working with our Performing Arts Center, Theater Department, and Language Department I think there can be a regular flow of international art. This collaboration can bring art, music and theater at the fingertips of our students at an affordable price and strengthen diversity on campus.
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