Ethnic Student Center
The Ethnic Student Center (ESC) is a space in the Office of Multicultural Affairs that is open to all students of all backgrounds. It is a place where students can meet and foster learning and mutual empowerment, affirm sense of identities, community, collaboration, and leadership. The ESC promotes welcoming and inclusive values and offers a home-away-from-home for all students.
MISSION AND VISION
The Ethnic Student Center strives to provide a safe and supportive environment, and help promote collaboration and alliances within especially marginalized ethnic minority student populations and their allies on BGSU campus and the Bowling Green community.
PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
The ESC’s Discussion series takes place on Wednesday’s from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (beginning on September 10, 2014).
The Intergroup Discussion Series invites students from different backgrounds and social identity groups to talk on various topics that need dialogue and better understanding of historical, cultural, and structural inequalities in the society. We encourage people representing different and all social identities to attend and learn from each other.
As an educational approach, an important aspect of intergroup discussion is learning to listen, to ask questions of others, and to commit to understanding the perspectives of others, even if not agreeing. It is also important to remember that this venue is not a debate in which people try to convince each other so that one side “wins.” Students (and all of us) have to learn how to communication that facilitates understanding.
The important question is what kind of academic initiatives will promote these outcomes. Intergroup discussion provides an approach that aims to guide students in learning how to talk with and listen to students from different backgrounds, discern commonalities as well as differences in these interactions.
Summer Book Club
Each summer, we accept registrations from students, faculty, staff, and community members to join our summer reading book club. The summer book club members meet on the last Friday of the month in May through July from 9-11 AM. Depend on the book that is selected for the reading, we will have a facilitator who has expertise in area related to the theme of the book to help moderate the conversation.
Registered member will be receiving an email reminder prior to the meeting. The expectation is that members can commit to attend all three meetings. The summer book club intends to be intimate, with maximum members of 40 people, and the ESC may or may not provide the book.
The meeting dates and location for the Summer Book Club will be announced in Spring 2015. If you are interested in joining the Summer Book Club, please register by sending your name, e-mail address to Diversity@bgsu.edu
Spring Book Club (In collaboration with Department of Ethnic Studies)
Spring Essay Contest
ESC holds an annual essay contest in the spring semester. Topic of the essay varies from year to year.
RESOURCES AND STAY CONNECTED
You can check out the ESC’s library collection, and video documentaries. For a listing, please contact the Ethnic Student Center.
Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, except on Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Note: If you would like to reserve the ESC space outside of the standard office hours, please contact Krishna and/or Derron in advance, so that they can work to accommodate your meeting or activity.