Entering college and being consistently engaged in all that it has to offer presents a variety of challenges to students. You are leaving your home, your family, and old friends behind and establishing a new "home," with new friends and even a new identity! The process can be difficult as well as exciting.
Part of that process may involve being exposed to people who are very different than you for the first time. Drexel University is proud to be a very diverse campus, with students, faculty and staff from all over the world. Differences can be found on any dimension: race, ethnic identity, national origin, cultural beliefs, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or identity, economic status, and others. When people with such differences come together in one community, there is much opportunity for both conflict and mutual enrichment. Differences, however, can also lead to confusion about how to behave in different situations and the meaning of others’ behavior.
A vital part of the mission of Drexel University involves expanding the intellect and experience of students, and it is hoped that all will benefit from the full range of opportunities available to them. Approaching others different from you with open mind and acceptance will help you obtain this benefit. This does not mean that you are expected to endorse or condone the beliefs and behavior of others. Rather, it means learning what you can about the variety of human experience and using it to enrich your own life and give productive voice to your opinions.
If you find that you are having difficulty positively adapting to the social and cultural challenges you face at Drexel University, there are a variety of resources available to you:
- Counseling may be of help. Contact the Counseling Center at (215) 895-1415 for additional information.
- In addition, valuable information and resources about diversity at Drexel may be found at the Intercultural Engagement and Diversity Initiative web page: www.drexel.edu/intercultural/
- International students may visit International Students and Scholars Services web site at ISSS
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