Apr 062010
 
Authors: Abel Oshevire

Imagine a forum in which CSU students can share their idea of diversity through poetry, short stories and photography.

Imagine no longer; the forum exists.

Known as Diversity Zine, the annual magazine serves to give a voice to CSU students who have creative ways of communicating their thoughts about social justice and diversity, said Jordan Alexander, diversity coordinator for GUIDE, Gaining Understanding through Involvement, Diversity and Education.

“The goal of the magazine is to help build and promote creative expressions among students concerning diversity,” Alexander said, “and also provide readers with thought provoking work that encourages dialogue about diversity.”

Produced by GUIDE, the magazine aims to raise awareness about diversity issues throughout the United States and the world.

It’s not being published to promote a specific CSU agenda, Alexander said, adding, however, “If publishing the Zine can promote increased diversity at CSU, that is great.”

In addition to acting as a fun way for students to share their insights on serious issues, the magazine provides a platform for people whose voices may be excluded from mainstream publications, said Kim Hua Ford, a junior ethnic studies student and member of GUIDE.

The deadline to submit content for the next issue is Friday. There are no other requirements for submitted work other than a focus on diversity.

Any work that is vulgar will not be accepted. Such language will be regarded as hate speech, and Diversity Zine is an anti-hate publication, Ford said.

After submission, contributors will receive a confirmation e-mail notifying them that their works have been received. GUIDE will then contact people to let them know whether or not their content will be published.

“So far, everything submitted is going to be published, and the artists have been invited to the release event to read or talk about their work,” Ford said.

The release event for the magazine is taking place Thursday, April 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Ramskeller. The event is free and open to the public.

Staff writer Abel Oshevire can be reached at news@collegian.com.

Diversity Zine
What: An annual magazine featuring student-submitted content about social justice and diversity
Submission deadline: Friday
Content accepted: Creative works including poetry, short stories and photography about diversity

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