Joy King

(Rock Hill, S.C.) — Winthrop University hosted its Multicultural Day, which is an open house that invited prospective students and their families to tour campus and meet current students, faculty and staff.

Student ambassadors shared information with families March 23 about the diverse clubs and organizations available on campus and explained what it’s like to be part of the Winthrop community.

“Multicultural Day is essentially a time where we can showcase our campus’s openness and our diversity on campus where all students can come in and see what it’s really like at Winthrop and how much we truly embrace diversity,” said Tadean Page, Winthrop’s community outreach coordinator.

Admissions counselors and faculty were available to answer questions from the audience related to academic opportunities and diversity on campus.

Following a welcome session at Dina’s Place in the DiGiorgio Campus Center, families broke into different groups to learn about the application process and the next steps for students who have already been admitted.

The event also included a panel discussion, which included students with diverse backgrounds who talked about the reasons they choose to attend Winthrop.

“The main job of an ambassador is to bring students on campus,” said Jayma Goodwin, president of the Winthrop Ambassadors, a student organization that helps recruit prospective students during tours and open houses.

“I feel that our ambassador program is a great representation of diversity involving different races and different cultures and being able to show the different perspectives from the different backgrounds of students,” said Goodwin.

The event also included a tour and luncheon, which offered families a glimpse of campus, which students said is useful when choosing a college.

“The ambassadors were very helpful. This was the very first time on Winthrop campus, so I felt like the tour was very helpful because I didn’t know anything about Winthrop when I first came here,” said SeQura Page, a high school senior from Georgia.

“The diverse culture is very great. I didn’t know if I was going fit in at all, but it was a great experience.”