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College Graduation Speaker for a Diverse College Campus who Understands Diversity Among Students

International students comprise a vast amount of college students across the United States. Yet many colleges and universities continue to neglect these bright and affluent students who have braved the seas the separate us, come from afar, and cross-culturally integrated to obtain a higher education on foreign soil.

The worst thing a college or university can do, especially when parents and families of their graduates are present at the commencement ceremony, is to incorrectly pronounce a students name.

Undoubtedly, fundraisers at colleges and universities take a great amount of time and endure some pain to agonize over the proper pronunciation of alumni when they seek a donation for their college or university. It should be no different when it comes to students graduating and celebrating a long 4 years full of academic and cross-cultural challenges.

Before being tongue-tied and shunning the importance of diversity among the student body of your college or university, solicit some help from your linguists and international students on campus. It will build bridges in your academic community, promote global awareness, and increase the value of multiculturalism for all. worldwide diversity speaker who has touched over 50 countries & 6 continents; and the author of 18 life-changing books including Diversity, Multiculturalism & Global Awarness

Invite Paul to speak at your college or university graduation to make your commencement memorable for all of your students, graduates, families and alumni.


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College Student Success: Tolerance & Acceptance

Part of succeeding as a college student is growing as an adult and becoming mature enough to accept people who are not like you. Tolerance and acceptance means we give people the freedom to be their own unique selves without casting judgment or putting our map upon them.

Keep an open mind and be willing to challenge any stereotype you may have developed by reason of your parental upbringing.

If we are honest with ourselves, we can find levels of conditioning and brainwashing from society and even within our own family (perhaps unknowingly), where we improperly and erroneously began to believe an idea without first testing its validity.

I know when I began to help out my youth Pastor by providing a young African American a ride to church, my grandmother got a bit nervous. Me being the controversial and confrontational type, I humorously challenged my Nana’s racial fears and stereotype by saying: “What? You don’t like black people? Maybe I will marry a black woman.”

My grandmother did not like that, but it was sufficient for the racial undertones and biases to stop. Thereafter it was smooth sailing because I confronted my grandmother’s fear head on.

Often times stereotypes and racial bias is nothing more than a snap judgment derived from hidden fears about a race someone usually knows very little about.

Granted we all have bad experiences with people of all races, but that should not be reason to discard the entire race and ethnicity.

Truly there are brilliant and delightful people of every race on earth from whom we can learn things and happily enjoy life together. My world travels to over 50 countries and 6 continents has certainly proven and taught me this.

Go eat lunch with somebody of another race or cultural ethnic group. Be wise enough to realize that many wonderful contributions have come from people of all races. To deny yourself such meaningful interaction only shortcircuits and disconnects you from your full potential.

Rather than being fearful and getting labeled a hater, be a heartfelt helper to bridge the racial divide on your campus and happily bring people harmoniously together. worlwide speaker and author of “Diversity, Multiculturalism & Global Awareness”

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College Student Success Secrets: Tolerance, Multiculturalism & Upholding Diversity Among Students

As the world further integrates and draws closer together technologically, environmentally, and economically it is paramount that college and university campus life be increasingly inclusive and honor the vast diversity of its student body.

Invite worldwide speaker and life-changing author Paul F. Davis to speak to your college students about success secrets, breakthrough leadership & overcoming adversity!

My global travels to six continents and over fifty countries has taught me more than I could ever have imagined to learn academically. As a former ESOL (English to Students of Other Languages) teacher who lived in Taiwan, I got a full taste of what the cross-cultural experience is about. Homesickness and culture shock are among the many challenges I faced living and working abroad.

Thankfully, I embraced the challenge and began to think living overseas was actually quite fun. Most of my family and friends thought I was crazy. Yet I truly embraced the experience and went from surviving to thriving in foreign countries. I guess by living abroad and being surrounded by things foreign, I came to trust my heart and instincts. After all, the intellect often does not know what to do with itself when there is no previous point of reference.

Cross-cultural and interpersonal interactions on foreign soil with people of whom you are little acquainted can either be challenging or taken as a joyous adventure to be celebrated. I took the posture and mindset of the latter, which resulted in me having some of the most joyous experiences throughout the world.

That being said, many colleges and universities today have hundreds if not thousands of international students living and attending classes on their campuses. Some colleges and universities are undoubtedly better than others when it comes to making international students feel welcome, celebrated, and a vital part of the academic community.

Here are some success secrets for college students to embrace multiculturalism, diversity, and happily show tolerance on their campus.

1. Meet and greet.

Take time to meet and greet new students. Instead of trying to size people up and guess what they are like, extend a hand of friendship and a smile to get to know someone new.

Remember what it was like for you when you first arrived at college or your university. It is certainly a bit intimidating and can be somewhat overwhelming.

2. Offer to help new students move in and get acquainted with your campus.

Disorientation and culture shock can frighten any of us, even moreso international students coming from afar. Therefore endeavor to be welcoming, kind, and hospitable. Offer to help new students move (or buy if necessary first) their belongings and furniture to their dorm or apartment. Kindly extend the invitation to take students around campus and show them where all the major facilities and student services can be found.

3. Invite new students to fun association, organization, and Greek life parties.

Make it fun for new students so they can relax and enjoy the experience of college / university life. Otherwise the natural tendency is to withdraw and go into seclusion. Isolation is not fun for anyone, not to mention when that happens we all miss out on the enjoyment of international students among us.

4. Be tolerant, respectful, and understanding of others differences.

Students here and from afar all have their own peculiarities, differences, and idiosyncracies. Be respectful, welcoming, polite, and tolerant no matter what differences might annoy or bother you. Allow people some space and freedom to be themselves.

Never try to force your views, ideology, or religion upon other people. That is the fastest way to make everybody feel uncomfortable and alienate future friends. Instead celebrate others’ differences and instead of trying to dissect and criticize their uniqueness, embrace and learn about it.

5. Cultivate meaningful and respectful understanding.

Although you may not agree with someone’s way of life or ideology, you can always grow in your respect and understanding of them as a person. Perhaps once you become closer and more acquainted, you can learn what circumstances and chain of events led a student to develop their views and be predisposed to their unique beliefs.

Life is a discovery process.

We all are forever learning. Be a lifelong learner and a welcoming individual who other students like being around. As you do, you years at college and university will be increasingly enjoyable and memorable.

Invite worldwide speaker and life-changing author Paul F. Davis to speak to your college students about success secrets, breakthrough leadership & overcoming adversity!

Paul is an exceptional and frequently requested speaker for college student success, leadership, orientations, and to kickoff college events.

Paul’s 17 life-changing books have landed him celebrity guest appearances on Fox News Radio, Investor’s Business Daily, and 3 times on Oprah & Friends.

After a 45 minute interview on Playboy Radio, Afternoon Advice host Tiffany Granath calls Paul an awesome relational coach and recommends his books on love, dating, and sexuality.

Paul’s academic success & leadership secrets for college students are unparalleled and greatly empowering. Paul has a history of overcoming adversity, building bridges cross-culturally, cultivating diversity awareness, while empowering college students to discover their destiny and live their dreams.

A master in NLP & life coaching; Paul’s humorous, fun, playful and transformative messages graciously challenge college students to ask themselves hard questions and be their personal best.

Paul empowers people to love passionately, work together globally, and live their dreams fearlessly.


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