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Multicultural Leadership Ambassadors Program welcomes diversity

The Parthenon

Published: Friday, September 7, 2012

Updated: Friday, September 7, 2012 00:09

Marshall University’s Multicultural Leadership Ambassadors Program works to make students and faculty of diverse cultures feel welcome.

The Division of Multicultural Affairs created the Multicultural Leadership Ambassadors Program as part of its commitment to diversity.  The program is comprised of a select group of student leaders who are trained each year as peer educators.

The program’s aim is to represent diversity and serve as the student voice for the Division of Multicultural Affairs.

Members participate in the college community with classroom presentations as they act as liaisons to faculty, students and administrators.

According to the division’s website, they represent a vision of finding common bonds between different culture.

“The leaders have educated over 4,000 people on campus and in the community,” said Shaunte Polk, the coordinator of special projects of the Division of Multicultural Affairs.

Research shows that students who participate in a diverse mix of college life, activities and programs have an increased chance of overall success, according to the division’s website.

The division lists several goals for the Multicultural Leadership Ambassadors Program.

According to the website, the number one goal is “to increase knowledge and awareness of issues facing underrepresented students on campus.”

Other goals involve promoting leader diversity, leadership planning, community involvement and role models who motivate youth.

In addition to the Multicultural Leadership Ambassadors Program, the Division of Multicultural Affairs sponsors several events throughout the year to promote diversity on campus. Fall semester events include a step show and a visit from journalist Daisy Hernondez.

The step show will take place on Oct. 6 at The Big Sandy Superstore Arena, and is presented in conjunction with the National Pan-Hellenic Council at Marshall.

Hernondez will be visiting as multicultural faculty in residence from Oct. 15 to 19. She has written for various publications, including the National Catholic Reporter, the New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor.

Bradleigh Ewing can be contacted at

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