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MU student ambassadors volunteer at annual Diversity Institute Student Leadership Camp for Inclusion
06-24-13

The camp was held June 16-20 on campus.

Misericordia University students volunteered as camp ambassadors at the annual Diversity Institute Student Leadership Camp for Inclusion from June 16-20.

 The Diversity Institute Student Leadership Camp for Inclusion is for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. It works to develop student leaders who are engaged in their communities and schools, and who are community advocates for inclusive excellence. The camp, under the direction of Scott S. Richardson, Ed.D., director of the Diversity Institute - Office of Inclusive Excellence, exposes youth leaders to broader views of inclusion and engages them in skill building for issues around exclusion
 
“Become agents for H.O.P.E. at your home school, in your community and in your home,’’ said Dr. Richardson, issuing a challenge to today’s youth. “Become exposed to difference beyond the scope of media socialization. I am not different than you; I am different just like you!”
 
High school students stay in the Misericordia University residence halls and participate in cultural competency and leadership workshops and seminars, and campus-wide cultural events. Camp workshops and seminars focused on leadership development, conflict resolution, and cross-cultural relations and communication.
 
Students participated in programs that were designed specially to address diverse educational and leadership experiences. Students also focused on understanding the principles of leadership in order to adopt a Personal Inclusive Excellence Leadership Philosophy. The camp culminated with participation in the annual NAACP/Diversity Institute Unity Picnic at Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
 
“The camp provides foundational educational experiences to contribute to the academic portfolio of students,’’ said Dr. Richardson. “As we work together to foster student leaders during the summer camp, we all grow as individuals and we grow in our understanding and appreciation of everyone.’’
 
For more information about the Diversity Institute – Office of Inclusive Excellence or the Student Leadership Camp for Inclusion at Misericordia University, please log on to www.misericordia.edu.diversity or call (570) 674-1483. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 32 academic majors on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.
 
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The annual Misericordia University Diversity Institute Student Leadership Camp for Inclusion was held recently on campus for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Misericordia University students who worked with students as camp ambassadors, first row from left, are Christelle Patrice, Larksville, Pa.; Ashley Barber, Minersville, Pa.; Ny Asia Owens, Scranton, Pa.; Megan Hardy, Saylorsburg, Pa., and Maria Cabrera, multicultural student outreach coordinator, Misericordia University; second row, Tara Robinson, Goshen, N.Y.; Taryn Talacka, Dallas, Pa.; Mary Hawes, Bangor, Pa.; Maggie Hoskins, Plains Twp., Pa.; Kellyann Gough, Chester, N.Y., and Kelsey Thompson, Schuylkill Haven, Pa.; third row, Dayanara Rodriguez-Munoz, Hazleton, Pa.; Mary Bove, Wapwallopen, Pa.; Dr. Scott Richardson, director, The Diversity Institute Office of Inclusive Excellence, Misericordia University; Nicole Hoskins, Plains Twp., Pa., and Brenda Nowalis, Diversity Institute.