Rose State's Commitment to Diversity on Campus Published February 16, 2019 by Daniel Beck

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Rose State College realizes the crucial need for available resources for students of color and other underrepresented populations on campus. To provide support and guidance, the Center for Success, Inclusion, and Diversity offers resources such as mentorship and social groups.

Dr. Monique Bruner, director of the Center for Success, Inclusion, and Diversity (CSID), says it’s important to create a culture of inclusion on college campuses. “Inclusion is important because it helps students critically think about who they are while encouraging academic engagement,” she says. “The more students feel like they belong, the higher their student retention and graduation rates.”

Resources Provided by the Center for Success, Inclusion, and Diversity

The center provides support and guidance to ensure academic and social success by providing mentorship, advisement, and diversity programming, including study skills and financial literacy workshops, connection with campus support resources, resources for DACA students, a Black Male Completion Program, and an adult degree completion Reach Higher program.

In coordination with Rose State’s EmPower program, the CSID awards a SMART (Single Mothers Academic Resource Team) Grant. The CSID also works with faculty members who  submit  “Early Alerts,” which are designed to designate and help students deemed at risk for not completing their degree program.

According to Dr. Bruner, the CSID has assisted 1,009 students through Early Alerts, advised 707 students, processed 86 degree audits, and assisted 64 students with financial aid appeals since July 2018. In addition, 1,477 students attend programs presented by the center and 1,156 people interacted with CSID staff in the community.

Why Diversity is Crucial on College Campuses

Dr. Bruner emphasizes five reasons why centers like the CSID are necessary, not only at Rose State College, but on college campuses across the country:

  1. Campus diversity enriches the educational experience.
  2. Diversity improves communication and thought processing skills.
  3. Campus diversity challenges stereotypes.
  4. Students can see themselves in their leaders.
  5. Diversity better prepares students for the workforce.

Ensuring Academic Success for Black Male Students at Rose State

The CSID seeks to create four pillars of academic success for black male students at Rose State. These pillars serve as CSID’s goals for best serving this population on campus:

  • Create a culture of academic achievement using case management
  • Understand ethnic/cultural differences
  • Expose students to new environments and opportunities
  • Provide adequate resources, including mentoring experiences.

One way the CSID meets these goals is by offering opportunities such as the Black Male Summit. The Black Male Summit, founded by former Rose State student Trey Jay, was created to “inform young black males of the importance of higher education and that they are all worthy and can complete a college degree,” Dr. Bruner says.

“You must visualize yourself walking across the stage and then work diligently to succeed at your goals,” she says. “Many black males don’t realize this an opportunity they can pursue. Trey Jay now attends UCO and is majoring in Criminal Justice.”

2019 will be the the third year CSID will host the Black Male Summit. It has grown every year and the students continue to ask for more information.

Getting Involved with the Center for Success, Inclusion, and Diversity

Dr. Bruner says there are several ways Rose State students can get involved with and use the resources available through CSID. One of the best ways is to join one of the clubs available on the Rose State campus that are designed to foster fellowship among underrepresented student populations:  

For information about the CSID and its resources, visit its office located in the University Center or call 405-733-7524.