While the majority of students who attend DSU could be categorized as European American, DSU is currently admitting more students of diverse cultural, racial, and linguistic backgrounds than in past years. The following suggestions are for advising this student population:
- Become aware of your own cultural values and beliefs and recognize how they influence your attitudes and behaviors.
- Become aware of the cultural values and beliefs of others and understand how they influence their attitudes and behaviors.
- Avoid stereotyping.
- View each student as an individual, rather than as a representative of a particular culture or country.
- Appreciate students' value systems and help them understand the learning community and its values.
- Understand that nonverbal behaviors are not universal in meaning--eye contact, gestures, body positions, space. Do not let varying styles of communication interfere with having a meaningful advising session.
- Be a good listener and try to understand what students are asking. To improve communication, rephrase their remarks to verify your interpretation.
In addition, be aware of the services that DSU's Diversity Services can provide such as support groups, cultural clubs, diversity forums, and resources for scholarships. To view the available resources and locate contact information, visit the website at http://www.dsu.edu/diversity-services/