The BRIDGE Center offers JWU students the opportunity to join study groups that promote cultural interaction, acceptance, and a better understanding of course work. Through our mentoring program, we match students with mentors from campus as well as the surrounding community. We also encourage our student workers to explore their own cultural backgrounds and share their experiences with others. Past presentations have included the Cape Verdean Festival, Saudi Arabian Nights and Children of the Holocaust. Our initiative with the International Student Center — in which ESL students partner with one of our student workers for his or her final project — has expanded into our Conversation Partners program. Each of our student workers meets with at least one ESL student on a regular basis to practice their English language skills. The BRIDGE Center Ambassador Council works with the center to plan cultural and educational programming, as well as fun social activities. Events are open to all, fostering opportunities to unite and educate people of diverse backgrounds through cultural exchange. In an ongoing outreach effort, we also develop relationships with outside organizations by hosting events for nonprofit community use. Other events include our annual diversity retreat, International Tuesdays, Welcome Wednesdays, and Intercultural Baccalureate Ceremony. For more information about how you can get involved, call the center at 401-598-4776, or stop by our space, located in the Xavier Complex on Pine Street.
The BRIDGE Center celebrates Kazakhstan’s rich cultural heritage through a vibrant display of boldly-patterned Kazakh costumes, artwork, tapestries and, most unusual of all, a yurt. read more