Another great avenue of improving and strengthening diversity on campus is by creating bi-weekly events that encourage cultural inclusion and could cultivate school pride by letting anyone from any background go to an event and have a good time through a common denominator—the event! It would be great if we had events that were during the day. If we had events that were during the day or at least before 6pm, most students would attend the event either during a free point in their schedule or stop by shortly before going to their next class or even before leaving the campus.
Within each bi-weekly program, different student and/or community organizations could showcase their offerings and let students know about their features and opportunities for participation in their programs and events.
Thinking about ways to improve and strengthen diversity on campus ought not to be difficult. UAlbany’s motto is “A World Within Reach.” I believe this is possible through monetary incentives but also through the helping hands of our community. Programs that encourage diversity can actually start in the classroom. If we acknowledge our colleagues in the classroom setting, we could make a stronger community and if we take the a good variety of humanities courses, a true survey of all different backgrounds of study, we can easily enrich our lives but of course, life is not scripted…or at least not like in the textbooks. Every moment that we are on campus is a moment to “program” ourselves into improving and strengthening our diversity. It can start as small as giving a smile to a student of a different background to the vastness of a full-fledged diversity program, either way, cultural inclusion is possible if you just stop, look around and fully become grateful for a community, like UAlbany, that has different cultures walking on campus, walking within a world that is in reach.