A new department at Carroll is coordinating the university’s efforts to create a welcoming and inclusive campus and foster meaningful interactions between people of diverse cultures, social identities, perspectives and experiences.
The new Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion houses Carroll’s Pre-College Programs, the Office of Global Education and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, according to associate dean Vanessa (Pérez) Topczewski.
- Global Education offers immigration and cultural support for F-1 international students through globally focused programming to ensure a holistic university experience, including student orientation, off-campus employment workshops and student advising. International Student Services and Cross-Cultural Experience are both within the Office of Global Education.
- Multicultural Affairs provides services that promote the success of our diverse student body and programs designed to enrich students’ intellectual, ethical and cultural development, including Pioneer Summer Bridge, mentoring, campus and community resources, workshops and heritage celebrations.
- Pre-College Programs provide middle and high school students an opportunity to learn about careers, explore university life and gain academic, social and life skills that will help them succeed in a college setting.
“I’m proud of the space we have on campus,” Topczewski said of the expanded space DEI relocated to over the summer on the first floor of Kilgour Hall. “Our office now offers an open and cozy student lounge area with couches, tables, a fridge to keep your food cold, a microwave to warm it back up and some pretty cool people to hang out with.
“The college experience is important,” she said. “We take pride in providing assistance, resources and support along the way.”