Diversity and Equity interns gain valuable experience

Posted on: February 15, 2012


Joshua Cratic and Rumela Roy are gaining valuable experience as interns for Lonica Bush, College of the Mainland executive director for Diversity and Equity and in-house counsel.

Both interns are working toward their respective master’s degrees at University of Houston-Clear Lake. Cratic is studying cross cultural studies and Roy’s degree will be in industrial organizational psychology.

“Joshua Cratic has been working to provide “Community of Respect training,” which is a cross cultural diversity training workshop. His contributions toward this initiative have been invaluable,” Bush said. “Rumela Roy has been an invaluable resource to the Office of Diversity and Equity by ensuring that all employees are in compliance with the preventing employment discrimination and preventing sexual harassment online training modules.”

Cratic, who grew up in the tiny East Texas town of Colmesneil, has valued the opportunity to learn about expanding cultural awareness. He plans on pursuing a career in diversity management.

“I’ve learned to be a professional, be confident in myself,” Cratic said. “Being a community college graduate, I can relate to the students. I encourage students when I see them.”

Cratic earned an associate degree from Lamar Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree from Lamar University, both in Beaumont.

Roy, who grew up in Calcutta, India, moved to Houston to attend the University of Houston, where she earned a bachelor’s degree.

Roy’s interest in psychology opened the path to diversity.

“I did a lot of undergraduate work on diversity,” Roy said. “I want to eventually get a Ph. D and focus my work on diversity in the workplace.

She hopes to help “people better understand the value of diversity” and is currently working on the College’s diversity training program.

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