CONFERENCE EMPOWERS STUDENTS
A group of more than 20 Trinity
students, representing various cultural and ethnic backgrounds, attended
the National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference in Wenham,
Massachusetts, November 13-16.
Several Christian colleges
throughout the nation sponsored the conference, which was held at Gordon
College this year. One of its primary goals was to empower student leaders
to embrace cultural diversity and sensitivity while modeling a style of
leadership that is inclusive.
"Empowering is an appropriate
word to describe the experience," said senior Myron Graham, president of
the Organization of African-American Unity. "I think all the students who
participated were motivated to become more active in leadership and promoting
diversity on their campuses."
The NCMSLC gave Lionel Ndayishimiye,
a native of Oslo, Norway, more clarity about race matters in the United
States. It also raised his awareness of the impact he can have on building
relationships across social differences.
"Coming to America was a
hallmark in my life," said Ndayishimiye, a sophomore. "I would have never
thought that racial issues still exist in a land where men and women have
died to see them come to an end.
"However, these issues are
still alive, even on our Christian campuses. I think this trip helped reassure
minority students that we can be leaders and bring change to our own schools.
It brought people of many different cultures together to find out what
God has called us to do."
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