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Various multicultural activities serve a diverse student body.
Strong Diversity Focus at Berkeley College Promotes Cultural Understanding and Respect
Berkeley College has a diverse student body that includes almost 1,000 students from approximately 96 countries. The College’s Office of Student Development and Campus Life works closely with the International Department to promote multicultural and interracial engagement as well as a spirit of inclusion, understanding, and respect.
“Every year we hold a number of festivals to honor cultures from different parts of the world,” said Dallas Reed, Ph.D., Berkeley College Vice President, Student Development and Campus Life. “These celebrations include music, dance, and food, in addition to an educational component. Frequently, we partner with an ethnic group in the community and invite a speaker from that group to address our students.”
Many of the multicultural programs offered at Berkeley College coincide with national celebrations such as Black History Month and Dominican Republic Independence Day in February; Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May; Hispanic Heritage Month in September; and Native American Heritage Month in November. A Lunar New Year celebration offers students an opportunity to learn about Korean, Chinese, and Japanese cultures.
Berkeley College partners with local organizations to offer counseling support and awareness to students during National Coming Out Day in October. Cultural clubs at the College include the International Club and the African Club in New York City and the Caribbean Club in White Plains.
The Berkeley College Exchange Mixer pairs new international students with domestic students at the beginning of each quarter.
“These students meet regularly and learn about each other’s culture and language,” said Melissa Vidam, Berkeley College Director, Multicultural and Community Affairs, New York. “It’s a wonderful program that promotes awareness and respect for all cultures.”