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Diversity Education Scholars: Involved in Reaching and Educating (DESIRE) is a peer education program specifically designed for students to explore all aspects of diversity. scholars are selected through an application process and are trained on a variety of diversity issues and subjects. The scholars work together, and independently, in conjunction with the Office of Diversity to promote an inclusive environment in which all members of the Otterbein College community are comfortable exploring deeper issues and concerns related to diversity and multiculturalism.
DESIRE scholars attend diversity seminars in which they are presented with theoretical and practical information about diversity issues such as racial identity and religious diversity. Included as part of this program are written reflections and discussions designed to help the student make sense of the information and ideas that are introduced. In the spring quarter the DESIRE scholars then plan and implement the DESIRE Diversity Conference. This conference is open to the entire Otterbein community.
DESIRE scholars should be undergraduate students who are eager to learn about themselves and others. Scholars should have basic understandings of the diversity that defines our campus, communities, and world. However, the most important characteristic a student should possess is the willingness to challenge herself/himself to think critically about diversity related challenges and opportunities.
Previous DESIRE topics include:
- Obesity: Weight Discourse and Human Rights
- Self Identity Awareness
- White Privilege
- Diversity in Art
- Poverty, Wealth and Faith Panel
- Mental Health, Incarceration and Addiction
- Visual Impairment
- Religious Diversity
- GLBTQ Issues
- Modern Interreligious Families