Multicultural Initiatives

Reflections on Race Series

A group of Student Affairs and Campus Ministry professionals from a small, predominantly white Catholic college sought to answer: how do we make our College a more welcoming environment for students of color? The Racial Healing Dialogues (Newkirk & Rutstein, 2000), now called Reflections on Race, was adopted, providing faculty and administrators a safe space to discuss race on a continuous basis.

Agents of Change Retreat

Reflections on Race retreats for students have been taking place here at Assumption since the Spring of 2009.  The retreats began and continue for a number of reasons.   First, they give students the chance to talk about issues of race, ethnicity, and diversity in a safe and non-threatening environment.  Second, the focus is not on other people or societal events, but rather what each of us can do (internally) to reduce racism.  The philosophy and formal retreat format that we follow states that “racism is a social and spiritual disease” and it is “born out of ignorance and fear, which feed upon each other in a monstrous cycle” and that ALL people of ALL races are negatively affected by this.  Third, students have the chance to talk about ways that we can make Assumption College a more welcoming community for everyone.

Peer Mentoring (Hounds Mentoring Hounds)

The primary purpose of the Peer Mentoring program is to increase the retention rate of minority and underrepresented students. Incoming students who register for the Peer Mentoring program are assigned a Peer Mentor for the Fall semester to help guide, involve, and ease the transition into the university. To learn more about the Peer Mentoring Program, visit the call (508) 767-7100.

Diversity Trainings and Workshops

Experienced staff are available to provide trainings and workshops on various topics regarding diversity and multiculturalism. Introductory and advanced sessions can be designed specifically for both small and large groups depending on the group's size, time constraints, and the prior experience that participants have had in discussing issues of diversity and multiculturalism. For more information call (508) 767-7100.