By Heta Patel
The Office of Multicultural Affairs at Raritan Valley Community College hosted the networking events Sister to Sister and Brothers Helping Brothers Nov. 13 in the college’s Conference Center.
Richeleen Dashield, Dean of Multicultural Affairs, said the goal for the events is to get students to network with resources available to them, such as internships and job opportunities, and to have them learn from the experiences of the guest speakers.
Lisa Midgetee, Assistant Vice President at Guy Carpenter & Company LLC and member of the RVCC Board of Trustees since 2011, spoke at Sister to Sister. Khushwant Pall, the president of RVCC's Student Government Association (SGA) from 2013-2014, spoke at Brothers Helping Brothers.
Both shared their stories of success and the challenges that came with achieving it. They advised students to always ask questions and speak up for themselves in order to increase confidence and to introduce themselves to new people others in order to increase their networking ties.
“Hard work is great. Hard work and networking is even better. Hard work, networking and action is the best,” said Midgetee.
Pall spoke about how challenging it was to fit in with others because he wears a turban and looks different. Despite of all the criticisms he had to hear, he was still elected president of RVCC’s SGA.
“Always remember that anything is possible through hard work, dedication, and education,” said Pall. “At the end of the day the title doesn’t mean anything. It’s what you do with it is what matters.”
Dean Dashield took over the program in 2011 and is looking forward to continue running it. She said she wants to make a difference in the academic and social lives of all students by encouraging them to chase their dreams and become a better person than they were yesterday.