Each semester, we offer a variety of programs through our office. Past events have included the following.

  • Film screenings
  • Conferences
  • Panel discussions
  • Open mics
  • Speaker series
  • Celebrations of heritage months
  • Awareness campaigns 


Cultural Connections Leader Job Description and Requirements

Job Description

The Cultural Connections Leadership Program begins with a four-day pre-orientation program preceding New Student Orientation. This program is intended to build unity through community by attracting students from diverse populations receptive to engaging in conscious cross-cultural conversations with an emphasis on social justice, social change, and leadership. The Cultural Connections Leadership Program is voluntary for all new students who enter Springfield College and is particularly encouraged for first-year and new transfer students. Upper-class students can also opt to be paired with a Cultural Connections leader if they feel they could benefit from this support and guidance. 

Enhanced through student participation in intergroup conscious dialogue, monthly meetings, programs and activities, the Cultural Connections Leadership Program provides a developmental opportunity for individuals committed to issues of inclusion and social justice to explore the complex dynamics of privilege and to develop skills and strategies to foster positive change on campus and in the greater community.

The cohort is designed to support new students by connecting them with student leaders who will assist with the transition to Springfield College and connect them with the broader campus community, and provide resources to enhance the cultural, social, and educational experience at Springfield College. Moreover, it is aimed at helping students develop a greater respect and appreciation for individual differences while appreciating the various similarities.

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Responsibilities and Requirements of a Cultural Connections Leader

  • Commitment to one full academic year
  • Schedule bi-weekly meetings with mentees
  • Maintaining professionalism
  • Attend trainings, team meetings, and events sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs 
  • Expected to introduce college-wide resources (e.g., Academic Success Center, Office of Financial Aid)
  • Expected to attend at least two campus-wide programs or events per semester sponsored by Office of Multicultural Affairs 
  • Organize and host one social event per semester
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Be a role model
  • Effective time management
  • Be a student ambassador for Office of Multicultural Affairs 


Qualifications for Cultural Connections Leaders

  • Sophomore standing; junior/senior standing preferred
  • Good academic standing and clear judicial record at Springfield College
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Must attend all trainings as scheduled
  • Willingness to do outreach to new people
  • Self-motivation and good follow-through
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility and reliability
  • Able to work with a team of diverse individuals
  • Ability and willingness to set appropriate personal boundaries
  • Set a positive tone for interaction, demonstrating responsibility and respect for others’ rights, feelings, lifestyles, and diverse background

Cultural Connections

As a first-year student, you’ll have an opportunity to be part of our three-day pre-orientation event that will connect you with upperclass student leaders who can help with your transition to college. They’ll connect you with resources that can make your cultural, social, and educational experience at Springfield College even better.

Students hanging out in the John M. Wilson