Welcome from the Director of Diversity Education:
Peggy B. Winder, PhD.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Dr. Peggy Barnes-Winder and I am a professor in the Department of Sport Professions and the Director of Diversity Education. Welcome to this amazing place called “Newberry College”! It is both a privilege and an honor for me to address you today. As a graduate of Newberry College, it is my sincere hope that your experience here is one that you will never forget. Having been at Newberry for over 20 years, I can honestly say that my time spent here as a former student and now as a professor and administrator, have been some of the best days of my life. Take time to learn all you can about Newberry College and its rich History and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Whether you are a freshman, transfer, or non-traditional student, know that we are here to help you succeed in any way that we can. You will quickly learn that we are family and regardless of your race, gender, religion ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and/ or ability, everyone will be treated with the dignity and respect you are entitled to as human beings. Begin your journey at Newberry College and allow the Newberry College Family to help guide you in the right direction!
The Office for Diversity Education is committed to building and maintaining a more inclusive and welcoming environment for EVERYONE on the Newberry College Campus. Through educational initiatives and action, the Institution will focus on implementing and supporting the college’s commitment to promote personal and social acceptance, development, awareness and understanding of diversity, multiculturalism, and social equity.
Through collaborative efforts, working with various departments, groups, and organizations within the Newberry campus community, we will work to implement diversity goals and initiatives that support the strategic plan, the QEP and the mission and values of Newberry College. Our goal is to promote tolerance and acceptance through education to the campus environment and beyond where diversity is valued and appreciated within an atmosphere of respect for ALL people!
WHY IS DIVERSITY IMPORTANT?
Aaron Thompson, professor of Sociology at EKU and coauthor, Joe Cuseo of “Diversity and the College Experience” provides 8 reasons why DIVERSITY is important and I wholeheartedly support each of these reasons:
1. Diversity expands worldliness. College might be the first time you have had the opportunity to have real interaction with people from diverse groups. Whether we like it or not, many times we find ourselves segregated from other groups in schools, churches, and our own neighborhoods. A college campus is like opening the door to the entire world without traveling anywhere else.
2. Diversity enhances social development. Interacting with people from a variety of groups widens your social circle by expanding the pool of people with whom you can associate and develop relationships. Consider how boring your conversations would be if you only had friends who had everything in common with you.
3. Diversity prepares students for future career success. Successful performance in today's diverse workforce requires sensitivity to human differences and the ability to relate to people from different cultural backgrounds. America's workforce is more diverse than at any time in the nation's history, and the percentage of America's working-age population comprised of members of minority groups is expected to increase from 34 percent to 55 percent by 2050.
4. Diversity prepares students for work in a global society. No matter what profession you enter, you'll find yourself working with employers, employees, coworkers, customers and clients from diverse backgrounds—worldwide. By experiencing diversity in college, you are laying the groundwork to be comfortable working and interacting with a variety of individuals of all nationalities.
5. Interactions with people different from ourselves increase our knowledge base. Research consistently shows that we learn more from people who are different from us than we do from people who are similar to us. Just as you "think harder" when you encounter new material in a college course, you will do the same when you interact with a diverse group of people.
6. Diversity promotes creative thinking. Diversity expands your capacity for viewing issues or problems from multiple perspectives, angles, and vantage points. These diverse vantage points work to your advantage when you encounter new problems in different contexts and situations. Rather than viewing the world through a single-focus lens, you are able to expand your views and consider multiple options when making decisions and weighing issues of, for example, morality and ethics.
7. Diversity enhances self-awareness. Learning from people whose backgrounds and experiences differ from your own sharpens your self-knowledge and self-insight by allowing you to compare and contrast your life experiences with others whose life experiences differ sharply from your own. By being more self-aware, you are more capable of making informed decisions about your academic and professional future.
8. Diversity enriches the multiple perspectives developed by a liberal arts education. Diversity magnifies the power of a general education by helping to liberate you from the tunnel vision of an ethnocentric and egocentric viewpoint. By moving beyond yourself, you gain a panoramic perspective of the world around you and a more complete view of your place in it.
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Promoting the Importance of Diversity:
Our SAFE Zones Program is one way we promote the importance of diversity on the Newberry College campus. We believe that all individuals on our campus should feel accepted, respected, and free to voice their problems and/or concerns, free of judgment; therefore in the early fall of 2012, we implemented The SAFE Zone Ally program. This program is made available to ALL of our students, faculty, and staff who may be having issues and/or concerns of any type and feel the need to share their thoughts and concerns with an individual in confidence. These individuals are considered to be SAFE ZONE ALLIES. Please note that all SAFE Zone ALLIES go through a SAFE Zone orientation program before becoming Allies. SAFE Zone areas are identified by a sticker displayed somewhere in that area. The orientation is open to all interested students, faculty, and staff. If you are interested in becoming an ALLY, feel free to contact me and I will let you know of the next orientation date.
You may also contact any of our SAFE Zone Program Allies with questions or concerns:
Peggy B. Winder Sandy Smith
Marilyn Seymour Gretchen Haskett
John Lesaine Jodie Peeler
Christina Wendland Susan Page
Corinna Zeeff Jacqueline Hunt
Diamond Young Leigh Blake
Angela Faile Rachel Williams
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