Chestnut Hill College offers diversity and inclusion activities throughout the year. Below is a sampling of what we have done in previous years.
Included a welcome and discussion on what it means to be actively inclusive by the Dean of Student Life, followed by a presentation, by Brian C. Johnson, an African American faculty member from Bloomsburg, entitled Reel Diversity.
On-going Safe Zone training
Ally Training - Educated students on being an ally for diversity of all kinds (LGBT population, racial diversity, religious diversity, etc.); participants then receive stickers and buttons to identify their commitment to being allies.
Step UP! To Be a Dear Neighbor
Bystander intervention training to all first-year students as part of their first-year seminar, this focuses on all varieties of positive bystanders, but includes bullying and being inclusive of all people.
Financial support to student organizations
CHC provides financial support to organizations focus on inclusion and diversity Including: the Culture Club, the Black Student Union, La Voz Latina, HERO (Helping Educate Regarding Orientation, our LGBT group), the Global Student Association, and The Saudi Student Club.These student organizations have sponsored several events, including a lecture on hip hop, a Culture VIBE night (highlighting black music and talent), Spanish inspired lunches, salsa dancing lessons, screening and discussion of Higher Learning, Taste the Nations (international food exchange), Celebration of Eid (Muslim holiday), many movie nights, celebrated Dia de los Muertos.
Lectures with a cultural perspective include:
Travel at Tea Time - lectures focused on other nationalities, including Kenya, Belgium, Korea and Brazil
A Culture of Encounter: Leadership Inspired by Pope Francis - a lecture which focused on encountering all people with dignity and respect, especially those society pushes to the margins
Of the 8 performers/lecturers Student Activities has brought in from external sources, 5 have been minorities; this is intentional in mirroring our student body. Student Activities sponsored an African-American spoken word poet named Odd?Rod
Two students and a faculty member talked about their experience doing service at the Bigwa School in Tanzania
Rainbow and Multi-cultural forums
Sponsored by our Doctor of Psychology program, these forums provided peer support for students who identify as ethnic minorities and to encourage research and scholarship in multicultural topics.
Interfaith prayer service
Featured speakers who were Catholic, Muslim, Baptist and of many different races/cultures.
A group sponsored out of the Counseling Center, led by an African-American female counselor on staff, that targets African-American females on campus.
“A Call to All Black Men”
Led by an African-American senior to engage African-American man on campus in dialogue.
People for Positive Lives held a Challenge Day
Included a Privilege Walk, an activity entitled “If You Really Knew Me,” where people shared things people might not know about them from just looking at them and an appreciation activity.
All students are enrolled in the first year seminars and there is a strong committed to diversity, Including forced choice exercises about students’ experiences of diversity on campus and utilizing “The Danger of a Single Story” TED Talk with reflection in classes.