Diversity is a wonderful thing in this life that we all live. It gives us the chances to learn new things and be around different types of people. In our social fabric diversity can hold many different meanings and forms. Diversity of thought, race, ethnic background, socioeconomic status, and other aspects of our life can contribute to diversity in our lives. These differences are great for the overall climate of our campus here in Boulder. They help bring new ideas, thoughts, perspectives and viewpoints to our daily lives and activities. By highlighting our diverse groups and their ongoing activities, campus continues to be improved and grow rich the positives of having diverse students and faculty contributing their ideas and perspectives.
Having diversity is a goal that the University of Colorado has been actively campaigning for and pushing. CU wants to create a more diverse campus that offers many students a multitude of activities and ideas to experience and be a part of. Not only does CU want to recruit diverse students from across the world to the Rocky Mountains, it also wants to retain these students and keep them at CU from the moment they start classes to the moment they graduate. Retaining students is met by creating spaces for them to have a sense of home and community, no matter where they come from.
One such place that was created to help impact diversity on campus is the Student Outreach and Retention Center for Equity. Many students just refer to this resource center as SORCE. SORCE is a resource that provides outreach and retention services to all types of underrepresented students on the CU-Boulder campus. Those students can be from any classification or diverse group. Even students who don't come from diverse groups still visit SORCE to learn more about diverse groups and be an ally for these groups on campus. SORCE is a great place to meet new people that also provides academic support, such as free computer lab usage and printing.
This is a special week as it is our legendary SORCE week celebration. Each semester we pick an entire week to hold events and celebrate diversity on our campus. All of our events will be held in our offices in UMC 227. Monday, we are holding our Men of Color, Women of Color leadership institute from noon to 1:30 p.m. with lunch provided. Tuesday we are having a study slam event with free study materials and pizza provided from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. we are having our Cesar Chavez Celebration chili pot, featuring an all vegetarian/vegan menu that is free for all who come to the event. Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. we are having our SORCE volunteer training. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with us this is the event to come to. Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. we are going to be showing 007 Skyfall as a fun way to end our week. Make sure you come and check us out all week!
Phil Barker II is a senior and the Inner-Campus Liaison for SORCE.