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Student Spotlight
Name: Corina Gonzalez
Major: Communication Studies
Position: Office Manager & Coordinator
Q: How do you define interculturalism and the role it
plays in your life?
A: Interculturalism is the relationship between people with
different cultural backgrounds and supporting a cross-cultural
dialogue with in different communities by creating unity and
promoting social justice. I feel that Interculturalism plays a huge role in everyone’s life. My life
in particular, because of my position here at Ethnic & Intercultural Services, I am always open to
learning about culture and different traditions that can also be somewhat similar to my heritage (I
find those types of discoveries fascinating). Outside of LMU, I volunteer for a non-profit
organization called Family Promise of the South Bay where 12 interfaith churches participate in
providing services and resources for homeless families, so it is important that I communicate
well with the people involved with this organization by respecting their values and traditions
even though they are different than mine.
Q: How do you hope to incorporate what you’ve learned in the office and apply it to the
greater community?
A: I thank EIS for encouraging me to become part of a greater service outside of Los Angeles.
Last summer, I had the opportunity to go to the Dominican Republic with my church
congregation and help educate and counsel kids between the ages of 5-18 years. I went with the
intention of teaching these kids and yet I was taught. I also went with the intention of making
change in people’s lives and yet I was the one who was changed. For those that have not gone on
an AB trip or study abroad, I recommend that you do not miss out on these opportunities that
LMU provides for us.
Q: Can you share one defining moment that you’ve had while working in the EIS office
that solidified your interest in social equality?
A: The Tunnel of Oppression and Hope event that EIS plans with students and other departments
in Student Affairs made a huge impact on me. During the planning process of the event, I was
amazed to see the passion in LMU students, faculty and staff when it comes to social equality.
On the day of the event, I participated in the tour that highlights the contemporary issues of
oppression. Through my self-reflections, personal experiences and hardships, I have been able to
identify my passion and discover what makes my heart sing from the inside out (if that makes
any sense). I hope to one day run a program for First Generation College Students or travel to
different countries to promote education.

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