Diversity Today

Diversity Council, Call for Stories

The Diversity Council is looking for students from diverse backgrounds willing to share stories about their experiences at Luther College. Students from all backgrounds are asked to consider ways race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual identity and orientation, economic class, and ability/disability status have shaped their Luther experiences. What has made you feel welcome and valued? What has left you feeling uncomfortable or unsafe? If you are willing to share your story, please contact Bobby Vrtis (Professor of Visual and Performing Arts, and member of the Luther College Diversity Council) vrtiro01@luther.edu with a short description of your story. Alternatively, you can add your story HERE and Prof. Vrtis will get it.  Ultimately we hope to produce a video showcasing a diverse range of student experiences performed by contributing students and/or performance artists. The video will be shared with the Luther College community, in the interest of promoting awareness of diversity related issues on campus.

Michelle Boike, Assistant Director of the Diversity Center

Living Courageously

What would our campus look like if we actively tried to rise above our fears, and love each other with courage? Michelle Boike, Assistant Director of the Diversity Center, shares her insights on living with courage in a diverse college community.

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Wintlett's Welcome

A special welcome to the new members of the community who have traveled from many countries and states to become a part of the Luther experience.

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Chukwuderah Egbuna

My Journey through Luther

As the great Chinese philosopher Laozi once said; “ A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. This phrase is quoted to encourage and support others who are about to undergo a new and possibly difficult phase in their lives. A new job, moving to a new place, starting a family, even beginning the college journey all qualify for this expression. I have wondered how adequate are the words given to people who have finished this journey. Well done? Congratulations? You finally made it? I told you it won’t be hard? The list can go on for quite a while but these offer only temporary reassurance because when one journey ends another one begins.

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Caught Between Two Worlds - Asian American Adoptees

Who are Asians and Pacific Islanders? A rather broad term, “Asian-Pacific” encompasses the entire Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. AAPI covers at least forty-eight ethnic categories, in addition to multi-ethnic and multiracial combinations. There are more than 200 spoken languages and dialects. Each group has distinctive immigration histories and disparities among socioeconomic, educational, and cultural backgrounds. Celebrated each spring, Asian American Pacific Islander Month celebrates the histories, traditions and culture of Asian American Pacific Islanders in the United States.

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