USF Diversity Resource Center director leading mission to view differences differently
Jan. 13, 2014 FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The director for the Diversity Resource Center(DRC) at the University of Saint Francis (USF) will make viewing differences differently his task in the Trinity Hall center.
Retention and Diversity Programming Director Garien Hudson will make the center’s mission, “Creating teachable moments to recognize differences differently,” a reality in a colorful and engaging environment in which students of all races and creeds can connect.
There’s a pit of multi-colored balls for conversation, furniture for lounging, a big-screen TV, café table and chairs and wall wraps proclaiming the center’s mantra—peace, unity and every student’s right and opportunity to seize his or her special moment at the university.
The center office and lounge will serve as a hub for DRC programming, offer resources to students, faculty and staff and coordinate diversity initiatives across campus. Hudson is working to promote equality and diversity principles in the campus community, with the goals of encouraging a diverse student population and leadership and developing resources to improve the academic success of minority groups at USF.
“The Diversity Resource Center is both an idea and a physical space,” Hudson said. “The office and lounge offer students a safe place on campus to discuss issues and be supported when facing academic and social challenges. It also houses my office and DRC outreaches and initiatives.”
At the center’s base is the idea cultural competence involves understanding and responding to the many populations that make up the university. Best practices from the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education have been applied in order to break down barriers, inculcate diversity at all university levels and let all students know they will be welcomed, supported and invited to grow personally and intellectually at USF.
Hudson completed a bachelor’s degree in secondary education at Taylor University and a master degree in business management at Indiana Wesleyan. He has seven years of higher education experience in admission at USF and Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne. He has served on a number of USF committees and is connecting with community organizations to find ways to best serve USF students.
The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.
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