The need for college campuses to become inclusive of all people is pressing and urgent. Our changing demographics is pressing institutions such as Goshen College to provide students with widely different abilities, life experiences, values, economic status, gender identity status, languages, and cultural communities a safe place. Our intercultural responsiveness and inclusion at Goshen College involves working in relational ways that are participatory, critical, and located within the vibrant cultural community of the student. This responsiveness is about creating dialogic spaces that encourage the development of relationships of mutual trust and respect. At Goshen College we are becoming responsive to the needs of students by creating spaces for dialogue and inclusion. In community we are involved in creating spaces where women, men, and youth can learn about ways to becoming stronger individuals that can identify their strengths. Here are a few examples of our intercultural responsiveness and inclusion work at Goshen College:
- Support group for women of color to develop appropriate self-esteem and critical consciousness.
- English classes for newcomers.
- Parent workshops on understanding the importance of higher education
- Workshops related to becoming a welcoming community to people from different ethnic backgrounds, gender identity, sexuality, disability, religious, political involvement, and others.