Cross Cultural Center

The Cross-Cultural Center was established in 2002 to support the College’s efforts to attract, recruit, and serve both students of color and international students.

Our mission is to create and sustain an environment that encourages and embraces the contributions of people from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and introduce you to new ideas, new people, new experiences and a broader worldview. We offer to you an open invitation to grow.

The Cross-Cultural Center (Center) serves as a community center for students, staff and faculty to enhance their multicultural awareness and participate in educational programming. It is an inclusive and safe space for community members to explore their own identities and learn about other races, cultures and religions.

Additionally, the Center collaborates and works in partnership with a variety of College departments, clubs and organizations to sponsor awareness programs, lectures, workshops, retreats and performances that explore the shared and unique experiences of the members of our community. The Center staff also work in partnership with faculty to develop programs that enhance cross-cultural understanding and emphasize human dignity, solidarity and the importance of working for justice of all people.

In addition to offering campus-wide programming on diversity-related issues, we advise, advocate and support Assumption’s ALANA (African-, Latino/Hispanic-, Asian-, and Native-American ) Network a student-run organization that plans multicultural  programs and activities for students, and participate and collaborate in the ALANA Support Network that connects the various colleges and universities in the Worcester Consortium.”

Reflections on Race

A group of Student Affairs and Campus Ministry professionals from a small, predominantly white Catholic college sought to answer: how do we make our College a more welcoming environment for students of color? The Racial Healing Dialogues (Newkirk & Rutstein, 2000), now called Reflections on Race, was adopted, providing faculty and administrators a safe space to discuss race on a continuous basis.

Agents of Change Retreat

Reflections on Race retreats for students have been taking place here at Assumption since the Spring of 2009.  The retreats began and continue for a number of reasons. First, they give students the chance to talk about issues of race, ethnicity, and diversity in a safe and non-threatening environment.  Second, the focus is not on other people or societal events, but rather what each of us can do (internally) to reduce racism. The philosophy and formal retreat format that we follow states that “racism is a social and spiritual disease” and it is “born out of ignorance and fear, which feed upon each other in a monstrous cycle” and that ALL people of ALL races are negatively affected by this.  Third, students have the chance to talk about ways that we can make Assumption College a more welcoming community for everyone.”

First-rate Academics in a Catholic College Setting

Assumption College strives to form graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service. Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, the College pursues these ambitious goals through a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts that prepares students for professionally and personally rewarding lives of meaning.

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