"This was an amazing group and I would like to see it implemented for every student..." --Previous Voices of Discovery Group Participant
Student Counseling Services is proud to offer a program to promote awareness of diversity and expand the opportunity for cross-cultural and inter-group interaction on campus. The program is called Voices of Discovery and it fosters meaningful interaction between students from different backgrounds (Program adapted from California State University and Arizona State University). Through participation in the program students increase their understanding of themselves, the groups they belong to and of others who belong to groups different than their own.
In the Voices of Discovery program students from different groups are brought together for an honest, reflective, face-to-face dialogue about diversity. The groups consist of 12 to 15 students from different identity groups and are guided by two trained facilitators. The group discussions focus on identity development, stereotyping, discrimination, awareness, and sensitivities. The students commit to meet for 1.5 hours a week for six weeks and then participate in a closing ceremony at the end of the 7th week session.
Voices of Discovery provides a wonderful opportunity for students to apply much of the multicultural/diversity knowledge they gain in the classroom, and also provides an excellent training experience for students who complete the program may have the chance to be chosen to become facilitators. This semester Voices of Discovery is being offered only in academic classes, but may be open to all ISU students in the future. Please check back later to see if we are accepting applicants for Voices or Discovery, or email David Adams if you would be interested in participating in this program in the future.