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I site down with Peter Rojas, assistant dean of intercultural initiatives at Merrimack College.
Born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, he is the proud son of Colombian immigrants, the youngest of three siblings, and the first in his family to be born in the United States. Peter received his undergraduate degree at UMass Lowell and completed his graduate studies at Florida International University. In addition to diversity programming and initiatives, his experience has included working with fraternity and sorority life, campus activities, and student conduct.
Curious about the journey of identity and success as an immigrant? Join us as we sit with Peter Rojas, the Assistant Dean of Intercultural Initiatives at Merrimack College. We explore his intriguing identity journey as the son of Colombian immigrants, the first in his family to be born in the US, and his experiences creating an inclusive environment for students. We unravel Peter's struggles with college and his mental health and how these experiences affected his academic performance.
Together, we dig into the importance of culture and its impact in his life. You'll be inspired by how Peter used his experiences to help students navigate their identities. We further delve into the importance of authenticity, identity development in students, and the pivotal role of human interaction in shaping mindsets.
We wrap up our conversation by discussing the dynamics of privilege, power, and oppression and their impact on personal growth. We also look at the importance of making people comfortable with the uncomfortable, defining our roles as allies, activists, advocates, and showing grace and compassion to one another. Peter shares his mission of building a solid foundation for his life and his students. This episode promises to be candid, compelling, and ultimately uplifting. So, tune in and become part of this transformative conversation.