College provides services
By Amanda Misnik
Saint Mary's offices and student groups are working to ensure that diversity is appreciated on campus.
Organizations such as Student Diversity Board have worked to share and advocate cultural awareness. Junior Sara Mahoney, the president of the Board, has been a part of it since her freshman year.
"I have a [physical] disability, so I became the representative for students with disabilities," Mahoney said.
SDB is one of the five major boards on Saint Mary's campus.
"It's mainly for students who are underrepresented to go to for help," said Mahoney. "Our job is to make sure the organizations that are underrepresented have a voice. SDB also gives international students a voice to directly connect with [Board of Governance]."
The official purpose of SDB is "to unite the Saint Mary's College community in celebration of cultural diversity of every woman on campus," Mahoney said. "It helps to develop "an awareness and respect of different cultures and religions."
SDB holds discussion forums once a month about a variety of topics, including Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
In addition to the forums, SDB holds meetings every Wednesday at noon in room 304 of Haggar College Center. These meetings are open to all students of Saint Mary's, and can be placed on the agenda if they wish to discuss a topic.
Elizabeth Jablonski-Diehl, student body vice president, participates with the SDB in many activities. Jablonski-Diehl is also a part of the Student Academic Council.
"We have international students come to us for advice on classes," she said.
New transfer students also turn to the Student Academic Council for guidance.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs helps to aid the needs of Saint Mary's minority students and 13 international students who come from Albania, Uganda, Chile and other nations.
All News Stories for Monday, September 23, 2002