2006-07 Diversity Successes and Challenges

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Created the “Imagine More” Student Life Bus Tour as an intensive minority student recruitment initiative, utilizing approximately 40 minority students encompassing 10 Registered Student Organizations. Each student group developed a 10 minute well rehearsed presentation or skit that shared the benefits of receiving a Ferris education. We utilized the Ferris motor coach bus and toured the Southeast corner of the State visiting high schools in the Saginaw, Flint, and Detroit areas. Tour was well received and very successful in scope.

Held annual “Minority Student Get Acquainted Day” program for the entire campus to come out and learn about the variety of different minority student organizations and create networking opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

Sponsored a variety of programs and activities in celebration of “Hispanic Heritage Month” to expose and educate the campus on Hispanic/Latino culture. These events run from September 15 – October 15.

Sponsored a variety of programs and activities in celebration of “Native American History” Month to expose and educate the campus and community on issues relative to Native American culture. These events are held in the month of November.

Sponsored our annual “MLK Freedom March” and “Tribute” program in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Also co-sponsored a variety of other successful events with the MLK Committee.

Sponsored a variety of programs and events in celebration of “Black History Month” in order to expose and educate the campus and community on issues relative to Black history. These events are held in the month of February.

Sponsored a variety of programs and events in celebration of “Women’s History Month”, in order to share with the campus and community important contributions made by women throughout history. These events are held in the month of March.

Instituted the “Virtual Women’s Center” through our department’s web site to serve as a resource and to expose the campus, community and alumni to current articles and information relative to women’s issues and contributions to society.

Host the annual “Ferris’ Finest Talent Showcase” which highlights Ferris talent in a very diverse atmosphere, including students, faculty and staff from a variety of different backgrounds encompassing a variety of different talents.

Implemented and administered the Federal/State funded GEAR UP/College Day Initiative which serves to expose and educate underserved students as early as eighth grade and their parents on important college information.

Support to a variety of student groups such as S.T.A.N.D., Black Greek Council, Hispanic Student Organization, etc., in helping them to sponsor a variety of their programs and events for the campus.

Assisted Admissions by calling over 200 minority student admits to ensure participation in our New Student Receptions sponsored by the Admissions department.

Assisted the Honors program by calling all minority students admitted to the Honors program to encourage attendance at the Honors Invitational Competition.

Our department is represented on the campus-wide Diversity Committee.

Our department served as an integral part in helping to administer the S-STEM Scholarship and in the student selection process.