Academic Diversity Centers to host virtual Open House Sept. 1

NIU students are encouraged to jump on Zoom Sept. 1 from noon to 1 p.m. to experience the opportunities available by pursuing cultural and ethnic studies.

Five of NIU’s academic diversity centers – Black Studies, Burma Studies, Latino and Latin American Studies, Southeast Asian Studies and Asian American Studies – will showcase aspects of their minors and certificate programs in addition to their student organizations.

Program highlights include:

  • Overviews of each center
  • Cooking tutorial from Indonesian language instructor, Rahmi Aoyami, on how to make a simple Indonesian street food.
  • Language and culture video from Burmese language instructor, Tharaphi Than.
  • A tutorial on how to make Cuban coffee by CLLAS director Christina Abreu.
  • Music videos from Greg Beyer and Chris Scanlon.

To join the Open House, students should register online

“Pursuing a minor or a certificate from our five centers is relatively easy to fit into class schedules and the benefits reach far beyond the academic credential,” Abreu said. “Not only does it build cultural competency – something employers are looking for – it brings opportunities to study abroad and conduct research.”
“It also builds your social network,” Abreau added. “The academic diversity centers work with the cultural resource centers. We support each other. It’s like a family.”

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