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ESF Hosts Inclusive Excellence Welcome Reception

Event welcomes underrepresented students and their allies

ESF hosted the first campus-wide Inclusive Excellence Welcome Reception for underrepresented students and their allies Aug. 23.

The reception gave new and returning students, as well as faculty, staff and administrators, an opportunity to connect across academic disciplines and social identities. The welcome reception comes after the first Inclusive Excellence Graduation Celebration in May.

"ESF has divisions and roles that directly support the work of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. These include, but are not limited to, Counseling Services, which conducts Safe Zone Training; Student Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives; the coordinator of student conduct; the Title IX working group, and others. Each collaborate with students, teaching sites and our industry peers to promote diversity, equity and inclusion," said Dr. Malika Carter, chief diversity officer.

Eileen Baldassare, director of the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), encouraged students to take advantage of the numerous opportunities and resources offered to help students excel in studies and engage in social activities dedicated to diversity. Thomas Carter, assistant director of international education, also thanked staff, faculty and administrators for taking the time to help students develop both in intellectual and social communities.

The event concluded by emphasizing the important partnership that exists between those representing the varied offices, the students, and their individual programs and activities.

Partners included the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity; Ofice of International Education; CSTEP; EOP; Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion; and the Division of Student Affairs.

Following remarks, faculty and staff were on hand to encourage the students to build a network of colleagues and mentors across campus and identity.