Wayne State University is home to students from many different ethnic backgrounds and 80 different countries, according to WSU’s website, making it Michigan’s most diverse campus.
International students bring a unique atmosphere to WSU; however, adapting to life in Midtown may be a challenge for students from foreign countries.
“Adaptability is a good trait to have. If you’re not adaptable, you may lose out on valuable opportunities that arise,” said Louise McKenzie, a social work major and a mentor for the Warrior Vision and Impact Program, which is an organization designed to help incoming freshmen transition to college and help them excel and graduate on time.
McKenzie added, “Celebrating uniqueness and being willing to have courageous conversations about identity is a big hurdle to jump but is rewarding.”
What has multiculturalism brought to WSU?
WSU senior and Transfer Ambassador at the Transfer Student Success Center (TSSC) Jessica Friend said, “Multiculturalism adds an inclusive atmosphere and comfortability among students.”
The inclusive atmosphere Friend mentioned is shown with the over 400 student organizations on campus, 43 of which are ethnic and multicultural groups.
How can multicultural students get engaged on campus?
The Transfer Student Success Center and the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement (OMSE) are just two of many resources on WSU’s campus that are available for multicultural students to transition comfortably into college life.
Latonia Garrett, assistant director of OMSE, explained multiculturalism in one word, “Belonging.”
She added, “OMSE lives off the philosophy of being invited to the party.”