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Dordt students attend multicultural conference

November 29, 2005

A dozen international students at Dordt College participated in the National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference (NCMSLC) at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, Nov. 10-12. Students

Attending the multicultural conference from Dordt College were Valerie Gorter, Coordinator of Student Services for Minority and International Students (CSSMIS); Manuela Ayee, Gloria Ayee, and Harah Sun, Sioux Center; Ricardo, Paulina and Georgina Aquino, Xalapa, Veracrus, Mexico; Jeriel Melgares, San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras; Ephron Poyer, Barrouallie, St. Vincent, the Grenadines; Stacey Sevastyanova, St. Petersburg, Russia; Van (Phoebe) Tran, Garden Grove, CA; Angela Van Beek, Monroe, OR; and Esther Yoon, Fife, WA.

The conference featured sessions and workshops dealing with multicultural leadership on campus, developing identity, being agents of change on campus in matters of civil rights and racial understanding, and even a theology of multiculturalism. The Dordt students also shared their musical talents with a multilingual rendition of a praise song at the annual talent program.

Val Gorter, Dordt College’s CSSMIS director, appreciated the opportunity to meet with international students from other campuses and discuss common issues. She also noted the friendship and cooperation that developed within the group of students from Dordt. “During the conference and the trip there and back, I had a lot of fun watching the students relate to each other and grow as a group,”she said.

To implement the insights gained at the conference and build diversity awareness and sensitivity at Dordt College, the students hope to invite some of the plenary speakers to Dordt’s campus. They will also be participating in and promoting Spectrum (Dordt’s cross cultural club) activities on campus.

This academic year Dordt College has 14 international students from nine countries, as well as 126 Canadians from seven provinces. Thirty-one states are also represented by this year’s student body of approximately 1,250 students.

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