What is it like to be a Diversity Ambassador?
Hi, my name is Xian (Ruby) Li and I was a student in the International Business Program at Red River College. Like most International and Immigrant students, the journey with Diversity and Intercultural Services began with the LINKS Seminar; where lots of information and support were provided for students new to Winnipeg and/or Canada. At the time, I could not imagine that one day I would be part of the Diversity and Intercultural Services team. All I knew was that if I needed any help, they were who I could turn to for help. I guess it was the warmth they brought into the cold Winnipeg winter that made me decide to apply for the position of Diversity Ambassador.
Being a Diversity Ambassador is one of the most memorable experiences in my life. This special journey involves various dreams, commitments and responsibilities. Dreams come from students, who were able to adapt themselves to a new and different culture and enjoy a wonderful life in Canada. Commitments from Diversity and Intercultural Services are that the team is always there to support students and create a community of equity and respect at Red River College. Responsibilities as a Diversity Ambassador are to promote diversification and team work towards a more inclusive campus environment. It’s our job to arrange activities and use networking opportunities for students to embrace different cultures and learn more about each other.
I was one of the lucky ones that was appointed as a Diversity Ambassador. I am so grateful for having this opportunity and proud to have been a member of The Diversity and Intercultural Services family. The Diversity Ambassador Program is a great opportunity to help others and give back to Diversity and Intercultural Services, Red River College and the community. It is a journey of self-development, learning more about ourselves, others, and cultivating more skills needed for the future. The most important thing of all is that it teaches you how to love others by respecting who they are and helping them when it is needed.