Siena students take charge to help promote diversity on campus

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Some Siena College students are leaders in spreading messages of diversity and inclusivity.

Cynthia Isaac Douge, Alyssa Blanco and Kevin Goodman all work under the Damietta Cross Cultural Center at Siena.

Douge is a senior, Blanco is a junior and Goodman is a sophomore. They all help organize events that bring different backgrounds on campus together.

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The center – which has been around since the 1990s – was named after Damietta, Egypt in 2020. That’s where it’s believed an instrumental conversation took place between Saint Francis and Sultan Malik about Christianity and Islam – and how different backgrounds can co-exist.

That’s exactly the work these students are doing.

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Learn about how the students’ backgrounds inspired them to take over the center – and some of the events they’ve organized – by watching the video of Subrina Dhammi’s story.