By Breanna Hoffner
You may have noticed the emails coming from “SDI.” With many of the organization’s events starting soon, members have been sending portal announcements and emails to YCP students.
So, what is SDI? Well, the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion (SDI) already holds deep roots within the YCP community.
Formerly the Office of Intercultural Student Life and Global Programming (ISLGP), SDI’s mission is to “help students transition into college life while embracing the cultural differences we each bring to the campus. Through educational and social activities, the college community becomes an inclusive place,” its mission statement reads.
Ines Ramirez, interim director of Student Diversity and Inclusion, said the name change attempts to clarify the goals of the organization. “Ever since I joined the Office of Intercultural Student Life and Global Programming, I believed that the office name was long and confusing,” she said. “Many students and prospective families assumed that our office worked mainly with international students and study abroad programs. We found ourselves constantly trying to explain what our office did.”
The office has been planning to propose a name change for a while now; however, the members waited for the Vice President of Student Affairs position to be filled to make their proposal. With Dean Satterlee joining YCP last fall, the proposal for a name change was pitched. According to Ramirez, the name chosen was selected for its ability to “not only clearly reflect SDI’s purpose, but it also resonated with students, faculty and staff.”
The official name change took place right before the semester break. Currently, SDI is working to make necessary updates across the campus community to communicate this change.
“We are in the process of making the appropriate changes across campus, including replacing signage, updating the website, and changing any literature and social media accounts,” Ramirez said. “It will take some time for everyone to start seeing us as SDI instead of ISLGP; but the change will be worth it.”
These changes do not require extra costs to the office other than printing new materials, which is a cost the office sees frequently anyway.
In the future, as a new director of Student Diversity and Inclusion is hired, the office plans to update its mission statement. When speaking of future mission statements, Ramirez said, “We anticipate refining our mission statement to be more inclusive, taking into consideration the work that we continue to do to support and advocate for students from diverse identities.”
Despite the name change, the purpose of the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion remains the same. SDI promotes diversity, practices inclusion, and fosters a campus environment where all can find their sense of belonging.
If you want to reach out to SDI or learn more about their mission click here: https://www.ycp.edu/about-us/offices-and-departments/office-of-student-diversity-and-inclusion/
Breanna Hoffner is a senior Marketing major who is minoring in Professional Writing and Creative Writing.