Building Bridges ~ Creating Community
The Diversity Awareness Office (DAO) provides information and support to the entire university community in the areas of multicultural awareness and community building, prejudice eduction and practical resources relating to diversity issues. In its outreach programs the DAO sponsors, produces and promotes events that encourage and foster diversity awareness around issues of gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. Awareness of Diversity is examined through lectures, movies, discussion groups and social events. The DAO provides a safe supportive environment where students can begin to understand the diversity they face on campus as well as the larger global community.
Part of the vision of the DAO is to also foster and support the growth of understanding and tolerance of difference through out the university and in the surrounding community. We see the existing diversity as a valuable resource towards this goal, and seek to involve students in all steps of the process. From this, we hope to add to the leadership skills of those students interested in the processes of educating and raising visibility and understanding of difference and multiple perspectives.