Through the programs, services, and resources offered through the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the following learning outcomes will be achieved:
Students will learn to:
The Office of Multicultural Affairs strives to facilitate the creation of a learning environment where all voices are encouraged and welcomed to emerge; an environment that engages and challenges students in multicultural and multiperspectival dialogue in and out of the classroom, preparing them to effectively engage in a diverse and interdependent world.
Rollins offers several academic programs specifically designed around multicultural themes, and OMA works collaboratively with these programs to create meaningful learning experiences for our students.
In INT 215A, Social Advocacy through Film: Movies that Change Minds, students will evaluate films with messages centered on issues of social justice, diversity, and responsible leadership. There will be discussion and scholarship based around recognizing subtext and identifying themes contained within the individual films. Students will examine existing community efforts to use film as an advocacy tool for under—represented groups and apply their learning to create similar programming for the Rollins community. This 2-credit course is offered during Intersession within the Arts and Sciences program.
OMA also supports curricular initiatives with a focus on service-learning and leadership development. INT 255E, The Habitat Project, is a collaborative effort between the Offices of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement. Students have the opportunity to interact with the Winter Park community through their participation in the Habitat for Humanity program. Classroom activities focus on learning about the program: its history, initiatives, core values and philosophy. Students work directly with the local habitat for Humanity foundation, gaining an appreciation for the challenges and opportunities within the community, and they have the unique opportunity to interact with prospective homeowners as they spend time working on a Habitat house. In addition, to working on the construction of a house, students engage in projects that allow them to experience the "behind the scenes" work involved in coordinating the program. This 2-credit course is offered during Intersession within the Arts and Sciences program.
It's not that you won or lost, iIt's how you played the game. Do you love sports? Have you always been an athlete? Have you always enjoyed watching sports? Do you know how sports and games have helped you become the person you are? Sports and games have long served as a medium through which societies and cultures learn and live. This course, INT 261, Leadership and Citizenship in Action through Sports and Games, utilizes the skills and experiences many students have learned through sports, games, and as student athletes as a learning mechanism for obtaining the skills of leadership and citizenship. You do not have to be a collegiate athlete to enroll; all students with a massion for sports and games are encouraged to enroll.
RCC 100, Conversations Across Difference: Embracing the Power of Diversity, is offered to first year students in the Arts and Sciences program as part of the Rollins Conference Course. This course allows students to explore their own identities and gain insight into the experiences, identities, and perspectives of others within diverse cultures and contexts. Through readings, journaling, reaction papers, dialogue, and experiential learning opportunities, students will begin to recognize their own role and responsibility in creating positive social change. Through a heightened sense of awareness of self, others and their interconnections in our communities, students will gain an understanding of and respect for the power of pluralism.
OMA also serves as part of the College Diversity Committee, a standing committee made up of faculty, staff, and students. Its mission is "to promote a more inclusive environment through consciousness-raising, improved communication skills, and application in work, curricular and co-curricular contexts."
Additional initiatives include service-learning projects in the Dominican Republic and Alternative Spring Break trips in which students are engaged in meaningful activities that facilitate an understanding of and appreciation for the value of human differences and diversity and encourage them to create positive social change through a shared responsibility in support of the common good. More information is available through the Office of International Programs.
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