President’s Leadership Award 2010

Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD)

The Support Group for Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD) is a student organization of the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England. SERD, an arm of the Multicultural Center for Research and Practice, was founded to promote multiculturalism locally and disaster volunteer outreach internationally. It provides support to diverse groups and holds biweekly meetings to discuss current topics and events related to diversity and multiculturalism.

On January 17, 2011, SERD organized the Martin Luther King/Jonathan Daniels Day of Service for the second consecutive year. In addition to collaborating with the MLK/JD Committee of the City of Keene and RSVP Monadnock Volunteer Service, SERD connected to numerous community agencies to provide volunteer opportunities for the residents of the Monadnock Region, including the Keene Community Kitchen, the Monadnock Early Learning Center, the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention, the Keene Public Library, the Cleve Jones Wellness House, the Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities, and others. Over eighty adults, AUNE students, high school students, and families with children engaged in outreach at ten sites. Many of these individuals were engaging in community service for the first time. This work was undertaken to promote volunteerism in the region. In addition to this important work, SERD organizes fundraising events to support its disaster volunteer outreach.