How diversity strengthens our community
Northeastern University leaders discussed some contemporary challenges and solutions to increasing campus diversity in a cross-cultural roundtable on Tuesday afternoon at the Cabral Center.
The hourlong event, sponsored by the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute, was part of “50 Years Forward: The Journey Continues,” Northeastern’s yearlong commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
It began with an introduction by AAI Director Richard D. O’Bryant, who highlighted the roundtable’s theme: “In a dramatically changing demographic environment, it remains surprisingly challenging to inspire diverse and multicultural dialogues, activities, and initiatives,” he said. “Exposing students to different cultures and ethnicities is a continuous endeavor and ideal that most university officials hold in high regard.”
So, too, do students. “There is a lot to be gained from being surrounded by people who have different opinions from you,” said Selmon Rafey, the Student Government Association’s assistant vice president. “If you aren’t interacting with people who have disagreements with you, you’re detracting from your college experience.”