Rensselaer Union Opens Multicultural Student Lounge
The Rensselaer Union is a student-run, self-supporting, and self-governing body that controls, finances, and organizes student activities. Home to nearly 200 clubs, sports, and organizations, Rensselaer is also recognized as one of only 20 colleges and universities in the United States that operates its student union using this structure.
To create a space to support cross-cultural education and understanding, the Rensselaer Union recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil a new lounge for multi-cultural student clubs and organizations, open to all members of the campus community. The lounge is located on the first-floor of the Union in room 2124.
Rensselaer has 26 multicultural student clubs, including the Iranian Student Association, Philippine American League, Pride Alliance, Alianza Latina, Black Student Alliance, Indian Students Association, Chinese Students Scholars Association, Armenian Student Association, Hillel, Korean Christian Fellowship, and more.
“The lounge has been a great addition to the Rensselaer Union,” said John Killings, assistant director of student activities and multicultural programs. “Our students have made it their own space, and use it regularly to study, host meetings, and to watch their favorite prime-time shows. I am overjoyed that our students have a space on campus where they are able express themselves and showcase their identities.”
Killings joined Rensselaer last summer. In his position, he advises all student organizations on being more inclusive, and has also been working to support the multicultural student organizations. He is also working to ensure the inclusion of underrepresented and underserved populations into the evolving Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students (CLASS) model, with the appropriate sensitivity to diversity.
Since joining Rensselaer, Killings has also worked to collaborate with various groups across campus to coordinate, enhance, and strengthen cross-cultural education and programs.