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August 31, 2011

Yuan Gong is new Diversity Delegate at Birmingham-Southern College

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern junior Yuan Gong of Chengdu, China, represents the concerns of the student body on issues of multiculturalism and diversity after being selected as the college's 2011-12 Southern Diversity Delegate.Yuan Gong

An accounting major with a minor in business, Gong was selected by a panel of judges and by student vote.

Her two-part platform is to plan activities and programs that will help broaden the world view of BSC students and to help international students get more involved on campus and in the local community. She received a programming budget and stipend to support her work.

BSC has a vibrant and growing international student community, including 16 students from China.

The Southern Diversity Delegate works cooperatively with the college's Office of Multicultural Affairs to sponsor cultural programs, promote community building, and help facilitate cross-cultural understanding. In this role, Gong also serves as chair of the Multicultural Advisory Committee, will assist with the coordination of the "Free Food for Thought Series" and Diversity Week activities this fall and spring, and will help write the biannual newsletter "Perspectives."

Gong has proactively sought out opportunities for service and leadership at Birmingham-Southern. She is president of Love Asia, one of the largest student organizations on campus. She also served the college's Sklenar Center for International Programs as an international student ambassador. In this role, she established the International Student Mentor Program, which helps new international students at BSC make connections with U.S. students on the campus. Her outstanding contributions in her sophomore year at BSC made her a 2010 recipient of the Genzan Chiba International Student Award.

In addition, Gong has served as a Math Lab tutor and Academic Resource Center tutor for both accounting and Mandarin Chinese classes on campus, and as business manager for "The Hilltop News" student newspaper for two years. This year, she is serving the Sklenar Center as both international student peer advisor and international floor (I-Floor) coordinator.

As an international student peer advisor, Gong will continue her work with the International Student Mentor Program as well as counsel international students with student life issues. As I-Floor coordinator, she is working with the Sklenar Center and Office of Residence Life to enrich the cultural programming for U.S. and international students living on the floor in Bruno Residence Hall this academic year.

She is the daughter of Jia and Xiaoyong Gong.

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