Eastern University’s Multicultural Student Initiative serves as a resource and bridge for student development, engagement, and success. Multicultural competency is vital to institutional goals for success as Eastern is committed to maintaining a student-centered inclusive community. Eastern University is a place where students can learn about the gift of diversity created by God.
According to the American Center for Progress, “Diversity on campus benefits all students. Engaging and learning with people from a variety of backgrounds encourages collaboration and fosters innovation, thereby benefitting all students. Research shows that the overall academic and social effects of increased racial diversity on campus are likely to be positive, ranging from higher levels of academic achievement to the improvement of near- and long-term intergroup relations".
As the Assistant Dean of the Multicultural Student Initiative and Director Goode Scholars Program I have the privilege of planning and administering programs that contribute to cultivating the development of students’ cultural competency, multicultural appreciation, leadership development, academic success, and civic engagement. This holistic approach provides students with the tools and resources necessary to become successful scholars and graduates of Eastern University.
-Jackie Irving, Vice Provost for Student Development and Retention