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Akol Aguek 05 G11

Akol Aguek '05, G'11
master's student, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government

Aguek escaped from war-torn Sudan to Burlington and UVM. His work continues at Harvard.

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Each UVM community member enriches our campus with his or her own unique background and cultural experience. UVM attracts students from 54 countries and our faculty and staff come from 67 countries around the world. Our rich and vibrant population includes people from a variety of races, ethnicities, genders, classes, sexual orientations, abilities and religions, and we wouldn't want it any other way. To find out more, go straight to the Diversity at UVM website.

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UVM celebrates diversity.

UVM is home to approximately 500 international students, faculty and staff from more than 67 countries around the world. A few of the regions represented:

  • China
  • India
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Netherlands
  • Australia
  • Spain

Seven ways to celebrate cultural diversity and to feel included and supported at UVM:

  1. Attend a multi-cultural event: For opportunities to see urban-funk dancing, catch a Japanese film, or attend the social justice film series (just for starters), check the UVM calendar's multi-cultural category.
  2. Hit the books: UVM undergraduate candidates must fulfill a diversity requirement prior to graduation. Additionally, students can browse the UVM Catalogue for courses such as "African-American Literature Since the Harlem Renaissance," "Ecofeminism," "Race, Ethnicity and the Economy," "Latino Writers in the United States: Contemporary Perspectives," and "Sexual Identities." Visit the UVM Catalogue.
  3. Connect with the community: These include but are not limited to ... ACCESS accommodation services for students with disabilities, The Center for Cultural Pluralism, the ALANA (African, Latino/a, Asian, Native American) Student Center, the Women's Center, LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Ally Center), Hillel, Chabad House, the Catholic Center, Christ Church Presbyterian, the International Education Office. Find these websites in UVM A-Z.
  4. Join a student organization that promotes inclusiveness and diversity: In addition to the above list, the Student Government Association sponsors student clubs, many offering more opportunities for inclusiveness on campus. Consider: the Black Student Center, Asian American Student Union, Council for Unity, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, view SGA's complete club list.
  5. Consider special-interest housing: Live with people who share your cultural interests or values. Just to name a few ... Kosher Cottages, Rainbow Cottages, ALANA House, ASL (American Sign Language) House, No Boundaries: Redefining Culture Community PRIDE Community (People Recognizing Identities and Differences for Equality, Casa Italiana, Japanese House, German House, Shalom Home, Spanish House). Complete list on Residential Life website.
  6. Hang out at the Davis Student Center: If you're a steward of the environment, this building will make you proud with its LEED certification. But this campus living room also maintains an ethos that fosters social justice for all. From artwork to gender-neutral bathrooms, this is everyone's space. Visit the Davis Center's website.
  7. Stop by UVM's Fleming Museum: The museum's collection includes more than 20,000 objects that span the history of civilization. Art and artifacts from ancient Egypt, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Changing exhibitions bring even more cultural variety. Visit the Fleming Museum website.