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Video: Chico State Values Diversity

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What Can I Do To Broaden My Experience?

  • Reading articles that discuss pertinent issues in different cultures.
  • Attend campus lectures and workshops, visit museums, and participate in cultural events.
  • Volunteering at an on-campus, local or national event.
  • Taking a University course on a specific cultural concern.
  • It is to be expected that there will be disagreements with others that should be articulated.  In the spirit of open debate, it is also expected that you will remain respectful of others' points of view.
  • Remember to listen. In some cases, that is all someone wants you to do.
  • Learning also occurs outside the classroom. Be open to and respectful of what you can learn from others. Don't prejudge or dismiss other points of view.
  • Challenge your own assumptions about people, and feel free to question others' assumptions. Test your ideas and engage others' ideas.
  • Take the lead in trying to make others feel included and valued in the community.
  • Speak up when people say offensive or hurtful things.  As Martin Luther King, Jr. once noted, "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."  Your silence might be interpreted as an agreement with the offending remarks.
  • Communicate. If you have offended someone, talk to him/her. Try to understand that person's perspective and why the comment was perceived to be offensive.
  • Urge anyone who feels personally attacked to report the incident to University Police