As the country celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month, the College is keeping its promise of reaching out to the community, celebrating multiculturalism and expanding its efforts to promote diversity.
The last several weeks have been very important; personally and institutionally. Last week, I received an invitation to be a guest in a radio show hosted by Leidy Quitian Varon from the Civil Rights Division of the KCMO Human Relations Department. The mission of this department is to ensure that all of Kansas City residents have equal access, opportunity and fair treatment in housing, employment, and public accommodations. This is a topic that is relevant to higher education. It is no surprise that access to education and diversifying student bodies remain to be an issue for many colleges and universities. I was pleased to share with Leidy and her audience the intentional steps that the College is taking to reach out to the community. First, promoting partnerships with other academic institutions to develop programs that promote the entrance of minority students to higher education. Second, intentionally reformatting our scholarship program to attract students of color. And third, creating student life activities that not only embrace culture and diversity, but that integrate our College and its students with the community.
In addition, I had the wonderful opportunity to be featured in a television interview presented by Univision Kansas City, D’Latinos show. In this appearances, I was able to share with the viewers my passion for multiculturalism and diversity and highlighted the College’s efforts in expanding its involvement with the community and its strategic direction of offering programs and services that serve a diverse student body. I am pleased to share the short interview:
We wrapped up the week beautifully by holding our first-ever multicultural fair and celebrated culture; fellowship; diversity; and a unique meaning of education. We were joined by partners in education, by our friends and colleagues from the Saint Luke’s Health System, and most importantly, we opened the doors of our institution to the communities we serve.
As promised, we will do everything possible to enhance diversity in all its facets. As always, thank you for believing in Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences.
Hubert Benitez, DDS, PhD
President & CEO
Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences