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June 13, 2003

Ro Alvarado-Parker Named Boise State Culture Center Coordinator


There�s a new face at the Boise State University Cultural Center. Rosario �Ro� Alvarado-Parker began her new position as Cultural Center coordinator on June 9, after working with the center as a program assistant and interim coordinator during the spring 2003 semester.

The center provides a safe atmosphere in which students are able to create relationships on campus and ease into the adjustment of university life. Alvarado-Parker will work with the university�s 13 ethnic student organizations in planning community awareness events while also striving to increase acceptance and awareness of diversity issues on campus.

�I�d like the Cultural Center to be a place where the rest of the campus can come for information, training or resources in the area of diversity,� she said. �The center is designed to support ethnic organizations, but it�s also responsible for developing awareness.�

Part of that awareness involves educating students and others about cultural differences and encouraging them to interact with people from unfamiliar backgrounds. Alvarado-Parker is a strong supporter of the proposed diversity initiative that would require students to take classes designed to increase their cultural awareness. That initiative was also supported by a survey of recent graduates who said they would have liked more exposure to diversity during their education.

�I�m really excited to be a part of the work that needs to be done at Boise State,� Alvarado-Parker said. �I�d like to see the Cultural Center be a central part of the university environment � not just a place for ethnic minority students, but somewhere all students on campus can go to learn more about their own culture and traditions.�

 

One thing that has really impressed Alvarado-Parker is the support she has received from the administration in identifying and developing programs to address diversity concerns. Without that support, it�s impossible to have a strong cultural awareness program, she said. �We need to take the lead, but it�s everybody�s responsibility.�

Alvarado-Parker is a 1992 Boise State graduate in elementary and bilingual education. A native of the Ontario, Ore., area, she spent nine years working for Treasure Valley Community College in the area of student services. Her experience included diversity training for faculty and staff, working with student clubs on diversity dialogues and events, acting as adviser to the Bilingual Education Student Organization and serving as chair of a multicultural task force that trained college mentors to work with at-risk Latino high school students.

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