Director Perkins aims to help the RU community become more multicultural

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Michael Roundtree

mroundtree@radford.edu

The Center of Diversity and Inclusion views Radford University as a multicultural institution that strives for equality of all cultures.   They intend on trying to appreciate and understand all backgrounds. It also provides students, faculty, and staff with many resources. The office is located in the lower level of Tyler Hall in room 25.
“I’m very excited about our upcoming programs,” says Ms. Crasha Perkins, Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, as she takes in the festivities at Taste for Diversity.
Nothing less than thrilled as she speaks about her office and the vision she has for it, the newly appointed director is honored to provide leadership for the Center of Diversity and Inclusion and promote a deeper understanding and appreciation for people from all backgrounds, here at Radford University.
“Diversity and Inclusion means you. It’s for everybody,” explained Perkins as she discussed some of the programs offered by her office. “The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is more than just a building on campus; it’s a resource, a place for networking as well as a home for
students.” In addition to serving as a student lounge and study space, the center also serves as a place where students can network and develop professionally. Every Tuesday afternoon; Ms. Ellen Taylor from Career Services conducts Power Hour, courses on resume building, cover letter writing tips and suggestions, effective elevator pitches, and proper business attire and etiquette.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion also offers a multicultural library where not only students, but faculty and staff, can access a broad range of reading material so that they may explore and learn about various cultures to increase understanding. Student support also includes student group advising and training, mentor and mentee programs (MAP) as well as academic and matriculation support. Resources are also available for identity and faith-based groups on campus.
Additionally, Perkins partners with faculty and staff to conduct “Diversity Dialogue,” a meeting where faculty, staff and students can engage in discussions about issues salient to students.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion also serves as a resource for job and internship opportunities. Working in conjunction with TRIO – Project Success and Career Services, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion will provide free transportation to the University of Virginia Diversity Career Day on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Diversity Career Day attracts over 150 corporations, nonprofits and government agencies seeking candidates with diverse backgrounds.
Perkins also stated that her staff will also sponsor a free trip to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial on Jan. 20 and witness the presidential inauguration in Washington, DC.
In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Center of Diversity and Inclusion will present spoken word poet, performer, and educator Micheal Reyes.