Today is the final day to turn in applications for the fifth
annual Students of Color Retreat, which will be Oct. 18 in the
The retreat is designed, in part, to allow students the
opportunity to discuss issues that affect students of color and
help them realize that there are people out there dealing with the
same issues, said the retreat’s organizers.
“I think that it’s really important when you’re in a
predominantly white campus like this that you have an outlet for
students of color to feel safe and come together and learn about
one another and help bridge those gaps,” said Annalyn Cruz, lead
coordinator for the retreat and a graduate student in student
affairs in higher education.
As of Tuesday, the retreat had received about 80 student
applications and about 18 faculty members and administrators are
attending the retreat. Fort Collins Mayor Ray Martinez will also be
“This is a great chance for (students of color) to network and
know that there is faculty and administrators who they can identify
with and relate to,” said Glenn DeGuzman, assistant director for
Campus Activities. “It really does provide an opportunity to get
out what you’re thinking and what you’re feeling.”
DeGuzman said two main aspects of this year’s retreat include
understanding affirmative action and working on collaboration
between various ethnic groups.
Nathan Castillo, a senior psychology major, attended the retreat
two years ago and was a student coordinator for it last year.
“What I get out of the retreat is that you’re not alone, that
other people do have the same experiences and viewpoints that you
have,” said Castillo, who will be a student coordinator for this
year’s retreat as well.
People who are interested in applying for the retreat can
contact Cruz through the Campus Activities Leadership and Diversity
Programs office at 491-0970. Students of any ethnicity are welcome