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Alcorn students and employees engage in open discussion at Cultural Diversity Workshop

Cultural Workshop 2010

Cultural Diversity Workshop participants.

As it is emphasized in the University’s mission, “Alcorn State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution that celebrates a rich heritage with a diverse student and faculty population. Alcorn strives to prepare graduates to be well-rounded future leaders of high character and to be successful in the global marketplace of the 21st century.” One event promoting learning about cultural heritage and diversity on campus was the Cultural Diversity Workshop held on Thursday, October 14, 2010. ASU employees and student leaders took part in the workshop designed to help them recognize the many visible and invisible differences that people share, such as race, gender, nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, and socio-economic status.

Sponsored by the ASU Counseling and Testing Center, the workshop allowed participants to learn about various dimensions of cultural diversity. Mrs. Alberstein Johnson-Pickett, division director for the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, served as the workshop’s presenter, engaging the participants to share their views in an open dialogue.

The Counseling and Testing Center hosts workshops to engage students and employees year-round on topics that have significant impact on community wellness. “Our partnership with the Department of Mental Health helps us give this enriching professional development experience to the university community,” stated Dyann Moses, the Center’s director. “The Center’s staff believes that engaging students and our colleagues in dialogue and learning about our rich cultural heritage and diversity will help us appreciate even more the University, our students, and each other. The reactions and comments we received from workshop participants showed that our goals were achieved.”

Workshop participants included representatives from the Student Government Association, Student Support Services, Student Engagement, Housing, Career Services, Financial Aid, the Upward Bound program, Admissions, Health & Disability Services, the J.D. Newtie Boyd Academic Support Center, Academic Affairs, Graduate Studies, the Registrar’s Office, School of Nursing, Global Programs, Student Affairs and the Counseling and Testing Center.