MANITOWOC, Wis. — Silver Lake College attracts students from as nearby as the Manitowoc-Two Rivers area and from as far away as Europe, Asia and Africa.
If visitors listen carefully, they might hear Creole, Serbian, French and Spanish being spoken in the halls. The private liberal arts college also boasts a diverse population of students from rural and urban areas of the United States.
In order to promote cross-cultural understanding between the members of the college community, students have started the Silver Lake College Multicultural Club this spring.
“I’m an extrovert. I like seeing different people and hearing different opinions,” said Israel Gonzales, who has taken on the role of president with the idea of promoting unity and diversity on campus.
“We strive to inform our members about what’s going on in our society and community involving diversity issues,” he said. “We also want to enrich our knowledge about our different backgrounds.”
The group takes part in team-building exercise during its regular meetings and plans to do volunteer work in the community.
Gonzales is joined by Joy Berry as vice president, Elizabeth Turner as community outreach coordinator, and Eric Lucas as secretary.
Silver Lake College is committed to fostering a diverse student body, including potential students who are historically underrepresented due to socioeconomic challenges and educational deficits.
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