Academics

Multicultural Education Staff

Multicultural Education

The Multicultural Education Department (MED) is a unit within the Academic Affairs Department. The MED offers the following programs: the Africana Community, the Latin@ community, LGBTQQA, and the Native American Program. The department also works closely with the International and Alternative Learning Community in order to form a Multicultural Education Team that ensures the spread of diversity awareness in all aspects of College life.

Mission

The MED supports the educational, spiritual, cultural, physical and emotional development of students of color and LGBTQQA students in order to promote their retention and graduation; and, the MED promotes the creation of a liberated, empowered, equitable, and inclusive environment at Guilford College.

Goals

  • Promote the recruitment, retention and graduation of students of color and LGBTQQA students through the implementation of different strategies.
  • Promote leadership and professional development opportunities among Guilford College’s underrepresented student population.
  • Offer educational programming aimed at developing Guilford College’s capacity to understand how power, privilege and oppression operate in our society and at Guilford College.
  • Collaborate with other departments in implementing strategies that will assist with the creation of a liberated, empowered, equitable and inclusive environment at Guilford College.

Focus Areas

  1. Build Relationships with Students
    • We provide a safe space for students and support their identity development.
  2. Educate the Campus on Issues & Celebrations of Multiculturalism
    • We provide presentations, workshops, host local and national speakers, show films, and special programs.
  3. Provide Assistance to the Institution with the Goal of Becoming an Anti-racist and Multicultural Institution
    • We partner with departments on campus to ensure inclusive practices in housing, recruitment, instructions, etc.

Africana CHANGE Program

The mission of Africana CHANGE is to empower youth and young adults by providing cultural, artistic, and educational programming, and to support them in developing their success as they become driven global leaders who understand the value of respect, the importance of social justice, and the power of celebrating the Black Diaspora.
Principles
C  Character Development
H  Heritage Awareness
A  Academic Excellence
N  Nourishment
G  Global Leadership
E  Enrichment & Exposure
Levels
Currently, there are three levels of Africana CHANGE: 1-collegiate seminar 2-high school support program, 3-youth summit.
The collegiate seminar is an independent study at Guilford College with up to 10 students enrolled per year for Part I in the fall semester and Part II in the spring semester.  Students earn up to 8 college credits for the seminar.
The high school support program is currently being implemented at James B. Dudley Senior High School as the Africana CHANGE- Dudley Edition for 70 freshman students during the 2013-2014 academic year.
The youth summit is a collaborative event with the Hip Hop Summit of Winston Salem State University for youth 11-17 years old to engage in cultural exploration and artistic expression. 

Soy un Lider Conference

The conference aims to provide Latin@ and international students with all the information they need to be ready for college. Students will attend workshops on financial aid, picking a college, the admissions process and building confidence. The conference is free and transportation is provided. The main location for registration and opening remarks is the Alumni Gym. Students can enter the essay competition, where the top four essays will receive a monetary prize.

Student Clubs

  • BUS - Blacks Unifying Society, overseen by Jada Drew
  • HUG - Hispanics United at Guilford, overseen by Jorge Zeballos
  • LBGTQ - Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual and Queer, overseen by Parker Hurley

New Student Advised Programs

  • SAPS - Students Allied Against Privilege and Supremacy
  • Transaction - Support to the transgender students
  • QPOC - Queer People of Color

Multicultural Leadership Scholars Program

Overview

The Multicultural Leadership Scholars Program (MLSP) is a year-long program designed to develop students’ understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion and their impact in society as well as in Guilford College. Students will also be given an opportunity to gain experience in the practical application of these concepts, through projects that help Guilford achieve its goal of becoming a more inclusive, equitable and affirming institution and a project that serves a specific community organization in Greensboro. In addition, the program is designed to foster a sense of community among the participants while learning to build trust across differences.  MLSP students receive a scholarship for the academic year.

The MLSP Process

The MLSP process is comprised of two (2) components: academic and experiential exploration of diversity, equity and inclusion; two (2) group projects focused on a policy or institutional practice that will help the institution create a more inclusive, equitable and affirming environment; and, a community project designed to assist a community organization (that focuses on diversity issues) in their capacity to fulfill its mission. Students meet for two (2) hours a week every semester. One (1) hour is spent discussing a wide variety of diversity-related topics such as power, privilege, oppression, race, sexual orientation, gender, disabilities, intersectionality, etc. The other hour is spent working on group projects from planning to implementation.

Academic & Experiential Exploration

MLSP students meet for an hour a week engaging in discussions that will help students gain deeper awareness of the whole spectrum of diversity. This is accomplished through readings, videos, workshops and other mediums, followed by personal reflections in the form of journal entries and group discussion. Students are expected to share their journal entries and be open to receiving feedback that is both supportive and critical.  Through this process, students will learn about the impact these issues have had in their personal lives and how they manifest themselves at the institutional level through policies, practices and organizational culture. Throughout the year, students will be asked to select a topic of their interest and lead the group discussion. Every student will have the opportunity to facilitate at least once.

Group Projects

Students will be asked to form three (3) groups and each group will select a project they will work on the whole year. Two (2) projects should focus on Guilford College and one (1) should focus on the Greensboro community.

The Guilford projects should be designed to help the institution move towards becoming a more inclusive and equitable institution. Groups need to focus on a specific policy or practice that will lead to the creation of a more affirming culture for all groups. For example, a group might create a mentoring program for African American males in order to increase their retention and graduation; or a group might work on making sure all buildings are fully accessible for students with physical disabilities.

The community project is supposed to connect students with a community organization that is working on empowering marginalized and oppressed communities. The group should work to support the objectives of the organization and create a project that serves their needs.

The groups will work throughout the year in researching the issues they want to address through their projects, meeting with stakeholders and creating a timeline in order to have a finished product at the end of the year.

Events

Mon Sep 29

Support & Discussion Group: Trans* & Gender Non-Conforming

Sun Oct 05

MED Study Session (Retaining Information)

12:30 PM - 6:00 PMKing Hall 127 & 128
Mon Oct 06

Support & Discussion Group: Coming Out

Tue Oct 07

Amal Khoury Talk on Gaza

5:00 PM - 6:30 PMJoseph M. Bryan Jr. Auditorium, Frank Family Science CenterRead More