Students Get Out of the Box to Understand Others
Business success is built on competitive advantage, something Northwood students know very well. As business becomes increasingly global and increasingly inclusive, the advantage that students gain from a diverse cultural understanding grows in importance.
“If we stay in our boxes, those boxes are just going to shrink. We’re not going to succeed in life. It’s only going to lead us into trouble,” said Jeremiah Lee, Northwood’s director of International Student Engagement and multicultural advisor. “In today’s world, it’s crucial for us to understand others. Their lives, their backgrounds, their beliefs. The business world is ever-changing and complex. Our students will need these skills in their careers, as do we all.”
Diversity Week is an annual opportunity for Northwood students to expand their multicultural understanding. At the same time, it is a chance for students to celebrate what makes them special and to share it with others. A rich variety of experiences and activities was available to students during Diversity Week 2018, providing many ways to build a foundation for success.
“As a student, it’s great to have Northwood doing things to make everyone feel at home on campus,” said Dana Turner, a senior from Maywood, Ill., studying business management. Turner is president of Northwood’s Black Student Union, which contributed to Diversity Week activities by hosting a Hot Chocolate Bar for students. Turner also took advantage of several Diversity Week activities that others offered, including a luncheon honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and a performance of Proximity Illusions, featuring a woman with physical limitations demonstrating that there is no limitation to what she can achieve.
“Now that was cool,” Turner said of the experience.
Several Diversity Week activities revolve around international students, providing an opportunity for them to share their cultures in ways that also benefit the community. About 100 students from other countries attend Northwood in Midland through the University’s International Studies program.
“It is becoming a borderless economy,” said Mamiko Reeves, assistant vice president and dean of International Programs. “Understanding the diversity that is out there is so important. You don’t have to agree with everything you hear, but you should at least have an openness to other ideas.”