Student Centers Director Completes University Academic Course on Diversity & Inclusion
Charles Amerson, Director of Student Centers at the University of Hartford, completed and successfully passed the University’s PSY 558: Diversity and Inclusion (CRN # 67443) course as part of its Winter term offerings. He was inspired to take the course to improve and validate his portfolio regarding issues of diversity and inclusion. The class challenged its students to research and consider how diversity and inclusion could enhance areas that all organizations should be concerned about.
Amerson had already included the ability to successfully communicate, understand, and interact among persons with differing ethnic and cultural orientations as a competency. The academic credential he earned further validates his ability to coordinate diversity programs and manage inclusive environments. “I am now a more reflective practitioner and a critical learner regarding diversity and inclusion. I am also more aware of how mine and others knowledge, skills and identity influences their decisions, polices, practices and interactions.”, said Amerson.
As the current Educational Program Coordinator for Region VIII of the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), Amerson regularly plans student and professional development intercultural competency programs for its membership. He also currently is a part of a statewide planning committee to coordinate a workshop regarding bias related incidents at college campuses for late Spring/early Summer.
ACUI is the professional home to thousands of campus community builders around the world. Primarily focused on the work of those within the college unions and student activities field, the Association strives to provide an inclusive, welcoming community for all those who choose to belong.