HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 22, 2013 – Introducing and educating students on different cultures is the goal of one of High Point University’s newest clubs. The Diversity Club was established last semester and recently held its first activity, a trip to the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro.
The Diversity Club will focus on cultures every month, and will study everything from different religions, ethnicities and sexualities to different regions of the U.S. and the world.
“We’re not trying to change anybody’s mind or affiliation, we just want to educate our students on cultures and personal characteristics of others they may not be familiar with,” says Keisha Boyd, Assistant Director of Judicial Affairs and advisor to the Diversity Club.
On their first trip, club members and other students were inspired by the story of the “Greensboro Four.” The four NC A&T University students started nationwide sit-ins at segregated lunch counters, and the original counter is on display at the International Civil Rights Museum.
“It was very inspiring,” says Boyd. “To see the building and the actual counter … these four men started a nationwide movement and they were freshmen.” Boyd says the story sends a message to students that if you put your heart and mind into something, you can accomplish anything.
The Diversity Club’s next meeting will be an international cuisine night.