Get Help

Building Bridges Program

What is the purpose?

The Office of Minority Student Services is committed to improving relations between students by helping them to grow personally, and preparing them for living and working in diverse communities. The purpose of the Building Bridges Program is to facilitate communication and collaboration between university students of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.  It is a collaborative initiative between academic affairs and students affairs that integrates students' in-class and out-of-class experiences.

How does the Program Work?

Each semester a team of diverse student associates visits classrooms to share their personal experiences related to race and ethical issues, and lead discussions about inter-group relations with their peers. Topics may include interracial dating, minority scholarships segregation, affirmative action, Black History Month, the effects theBuilding Bridges media has on racism, diversity on campus, and or sexual orientation. The result is a lively discussion that produces a different perspective for many students. By all accounts, the inter-group dialog has met with measurable success since it began twenty years ago.

Who are the Associates?

Student associates come from all backgrounds. They are selected through an interview process and receive ongoing training in effective listening, non-defensive communication of feelings, creating an open and supportive atmosphere, and handling difficult group members. Students participate in the program because they see a need to improve race relations and want to be part of the solution. Associates come together before every session to gather knowledge and ideas for the open discussion they prepare to have throughout the next scheduled session.

How To Get Involved

STUDENTS:

  • Become a student associate.
  • Ask your professors to invite a team of associates into your classes.
  • Attend open discussion sessions scheduled outside of classes.

FACULTY/ORGANIZATIONS/COMMUNITY:

  • Invite a team of associates into your classes.
  • Poll your students/members for questions before the visit.
  • Encourage your students/members to continue dialog outside of the session.

What Have Participants Said About the Program?

"This really opened my eyes to how the world is. We don't say anything, but we want to see change. How will change happen without taking the first step?"

"The session helped spark my own thinking of how to incorporate diversity in my own teaching."

"The sessions made me think about how I am going to incorporate a broader cultural education in my future classroom."

"Building Bridges is a very effective program. I felt that this group gave me a better understanding of others' cultures and the need to learn."

"This is such a good program. I think it makes us think about what we know about other cultures and how ethnocentric we actually can be toward other groups!"

Building Bridges Schedule - Fall 2020

 

September 11, Friday                                               

Dr. Janis Jarecki-Liu                                         

INQ 100                                                                        

1:00-1:50pm 

 

September 17, Thursday                                

Dr. Jane Walsh                                                

Sociology of Conflict Resolution                                           

2:00-3:15pm                                                    

  

September 22, Tuesday                                         

Dr. Naomi O’Neil                                            

Intro. To Human Comm                                                                        

2:00-3:15pm  

 

September 24, Thursday                                

Dr. Naomi O’Neil                                           

Intro. To Human Comm                                                                    

9:30-10:45am 

 

September 24, Thursday                                

Dr. Mark Kilwein                                                                               

Rehab 460                                                                        

12:30-1:35pm 

 

October 1, Thursday                                     

Dr. Naomi O’Neil                                                                  

Business & Professional Speaking                                          

12:30-1:45pm 

 

October 7, Wednesday                                  

Dr. MaryPat McCarthy                                   

Speech Pathology                                                                          

8:00-8:50am

 

October 7, Wednesday                                 

Dr. MaryPat McCarthy                                    

Speech Pathology (Freshmen Students)                                                               

9:00-9:50am

 

October 9, Friday                                           

Dr. MaryPat McCarthy                                    

Speech Pathology                         

Communication Speech Disorders                  

12:00-12:50pm                                                

 

October 13, Tuesday                                                  

Dr. Sharon Montgomery                                

Modern Physics                                                                                                 

12:30-1:45pm 

 

October 19, Monday                                      

Dr. Sharon Montgomery                                  

Physical Science                                              

2:00-3:15pm 

                                     

October 21, Wednesday                                

Dr. Sharon Montgomery                                                                  

Stellar Astronomy                                                                      

9:00-9:50am 

 

October 21, Wednesday                                                              

Dr. Sharon Montgomery                                               

Physics & Astronomy                                                            

12:00-12:50pm

 

October 22, Thursday                                                

Dr. Jane Walsh                                                

Principles of Sociology 211-04                                                        

11:00-12:15pm                                               

 

October 29, Thursday                                                

Dr. Jane Walsh                                                

Principles of Sociology 211-05                                                  

11:00-12:15pm           

 

Building Bridges 2020-2021 Facilitator Contacts

Rogers J. Laugand III- laugand@Clarion.edu

Raiven Payne - r.d.payne@eagle.clarion.edu
Daria Tatom - D.A.Tatom@eagle.clarion.edu
Jhayda Washington - j.r.washington@eagle.clarion.edu
Carly Park - c.a.park@eagle.clarion.edu
Elizabeth Santana - e.santanajimenez@eagle.clarion.edu
Sylvia Bright - s.b.bright@eagle.clarion.edu
Taylor Myers - t.j.myers@eagle.clarion.edu
Alice Bowser - a.m.bowser1@eagle.clarion.edu
Alee Capel - a.v.capel@eagle.clarion.edu
Madeline Hartzel - M.G.Hartzel@eagle.clarion.edu
Nia Latham - n.s.latham@eagle.clarion.edu
James Robinson - j.h.robinson@eagle.clarion.edu
Kaison Branch - K.R.Branch@eagle.clarion.edu
Kenneth Rose - k.a.rose@eagle.clarion.edu
Nyshae White - n.white@eagle.clarion.edu
Sydney Fitzgerald - s.a.fitzgerald@eagle.clarion.edu
Gabriella Tepke - g.m.tepke@eagle.clarion.edu
Zachary Dunlap - z.j.dunlap@eagle.clarion.edu

For More information:

Rogers J. Laugand III
Director of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Education
412 Becht Hall
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Mailing address: 840 Wood Street, Clarion, PA 16214-1232
laugand@clarion.edu
Phone: +1 814 393 1908

 

 

Last Updated 9/22/20