Face Off

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Sep 282008
 
Authors: Kate Bennis

Last week, CSU greeted its eighth annual Diversity Conference, which presented the theme “Diversity in the 21st Century: Is it Still Relevant?”

For this reason, the Collegian set out to gather students’ thoughts on and experiences with diversity on campus.

Meghan O’Dea, a political science, German and liberal arts major, did not attend the Diversity Conference, but was kind enough to sit down and chat with us about her thoughts on the subject.

Q: Are you familiar with the different advocacy offices on campus?

A: Yes, I’m an RA, so I have to be familiar with the advocacy groups. We’re educated about where the offices are and what they do.

Q: Have you ever visited any of them [advocacy offices]? Why or why not?

A: Yes, the majority. For RA training, we went to El Centro and sang a song with a few people there.

I’ve been to Black Student Services; Office of Women’s Programs and Studies; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Services.

I’ve been to all of the offices at one point or another.

Q: Do you think the university should be doing more to support diversity on campus?

A: I think they do a lot already, but it would be cool if they could publicize events and opportunities more so that people know about them.

Q: What kinds of programs would you like to see the university implement to increase campus diversity?

A: I’d like to see more recruitment to the programs and services, as well as more GLBT things because I don’t see them as often.

I’d also like to see more events within the Office of Women’s Programs and Studies, too.

Shea Grzebinski, an undeclared major seeking business, who attended the Diversity Conference last week, also sat down and shared her thoughts on the subject of diversity.

Q: Are you familiar with the different advocacy offices on campus?

A: Yes, I checked a few of them out at the open houses.

Q: Have you ever visited any of the offices?

A: Open House was my first time at the advocacy offices. I learned a little bit more when I went to talk with the people at the advocacy offices and they told me about events and what they do.

Q: Do you think the university should be doing more to support diversity on campus?

A: I would have to say, yeah, it does bring people closer. It brings people closer together. Compared to where I’m from, I see a lot of diversity, though some people think that CSU isn’t very diverse.

I think that people sometimes create stereotypes because they never come out of their shell, but once you start talking with other people, those stereotypes disappear.

Q: What kinds of programs would you like to see the university implement to increase campus diversity?

A: Being a freshman, I’ve found that a lot of the people at CSU don’t know about the events.

A lot of the things I found out about were by accident, I just came across them.

I’m part of Key Service, so [Key Service Coordinator] Jess Burge always sends us notifications when things are coming up.

Kate Bennis can be reached at letters@collegian.com.

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