In her opening speech, Monique斯坦尼斯, the director of diversity initiatives, 说, “统一的一天 is the result of collective passion across campus and is here to emphasize that black students are woven into what it means to be a Bulldog.” This mess年龄 was evident throughout the second annual 统一的一天 when the Bulldog community hosted about 300 local Black Student Union (BSU) high school and community college students from local Southern 加州 campuses.
招生 Counselor Brian Brim and Campus Visit Man年龄r Brittny Cotton joined 招生 Bulldog Ambassadors, 雷德兰兹 Black Student, Faculty, Staff, Administrators, and 校友 Association (BSFSAA), and the BSU to give local students a day of fun and a glimpse of life at U of R.
“This is the second year that we've held this event for prospective students of color and each year has been a success,Brim说. I'm looking forward to doing this in the years to come to inform students of the African American/Black community at the U of R.”
Students learned about campus life and the college application process from admissions counselors, listened to panels from U of R BSU representatives, and eng年龄d with academic departments and organizations during the Involvement Fair. The day ended with a step performance by members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, also known as the “Divine Nine,” a group of Black Greek-letter organizations promoting scholarship, 服务, and the power of community.
恩祖娜·玛拉塔24岁, a business administration major and student employee for the admissions department, served as a tour guide for 统一的一天 and believes the event is a great way for high schoolers to envision themselves on a university campus. Reflecting on her experience as a transfer student, 她说, “the BSU cabinet made me feel supported at 雷德兰兹 when I first transferred and that the community at 雷德兰兹 would have my back.”
On the first diversity panel, 凯·托马斯20年, the assistant director of enrollment for graduate enrollment, facilitated and included panelists: Stennis, 米歇尔·卡努, the assistant director of enrollment in graduate enrollment and the secretary for BSFSAA, 马克尔·伍顿，26岁, a student who is majoring in Health, 医学, 和社会, and Deborah Adu ’24, a chemistry major and member of Alpha Theta Phi Sorority and BSU.
When discussing their perspectives on what they value about the 雷德兰兹’ community, 托马斯说, “The campus made it so easy to connect to people because there are so many opportunities here for everyone, regardless of your interest.” Adu echoed this same sentiment, “organizations on campus make you feel like you’re at home. They give you a sense of community and family when you are with them.”
The second diversity panel was facilitated by Kieshauna Choice ’13, ’23, the assistant director of enrollment, and included panelists: Maria Williams ‘18, assistant director for employer & alumni connections, Alieu Corr ' 20, ’22, social media man年龄r, 马克尔, and Bryan Whitehead ’25, the president of BSU and an English major.
Bryan emphasized the value of “the smaller class sizes and that 雷德兰兹 is a very intertwined community, not just at the University scale, but the city scale as well.” 马克尔 values being able to talk to his professors outside of class for any additional help and “get the one-on-one connection with them and everyone around campus.”
“It is important to us that prospective students come to campus and feel a sense of belonging” Cotton 说. “明年, if there are any students, 教师, or staff who would like to participate in 统一的一天, please reach out to the Office of Undergraduate 招生. We’d love to have you!”
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