Koby Rodriguez '08, '11
One of the first courses Koby Rodriguez took as an undergrad at the University of Redlands was a seminar on power, privilege and diversity entitled, “Why can’t we all just get along?”
The material opened his eyes to the dynamics of human interaction, and inspired him to pursue a career path promoting diversity and inclusion among youth.
“The University of Redlands has a very welcoming and embracing culture that looks at social justice and diversity beyond the stereotypical frame of just race,” he said. “This focus on the way all our identities intersect has helped a lot of students understand the importance of diversity work.”
As Assistant Director of Campus Diversity & Inclusion, Rodriguez helps to establish a climate of dialogue through the development of initiatives, public speaking engagements, student clubs and organizations and the work of 17 student interns.
After graduating with a B.A. in Race Ethnic Studies, he went on to get his M.A. in Higher Education at Redlands. It’s his goal to use his degrees to further his mission through education.
Rodriguez’s experiences at Redlands helped to shape his future. He encourages new students to immerse themselves in the many offerings available to them through the university.
“There area a plethora of opportunities at Redlands, ranging from retreats to intramurals and from participating in a living and learning community to studying abroad,” he said. “Take advantage of all these opportunities, because they rarely exist beyond college.”