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The Student Outreach Retention Center for Equity (SORCE) celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, having begun as a student movement in 1999.

This movement led to the launching of SORCE as a cost center in 2004 through the University of Colorado Student Union. SORCE is dedicated to providing strategies to prospective college students so that they develop an action plan that results in a degree in higher education.

We believe that access to education should be a right and not a privilege.

In our outreach work, SORCE works with middle and high school students in Boulder and the Denver-metro area to provide a higher education experience via campus tours, student panels, shadow visits, etc.

SORCE tends to work with schools that have a high percentage of underrepresented students, including those schools with high numbers of students of color and free/reduced lunch populations. Through our retention work, SORCE provides programs and events for students as well as resources and opportunities to connect with and build a network in which they are able to build a “home away from home.”

SORCE is committed to building community on campus, as well as enriching under-represented communities off campus.

Contrary to how some students and student leaders view SORCE, we provide our resources and services to ALL students on campus. SORCE is not an exclusionary cost center; however, by focusing our work on various underrepresented groups, we aim to eliminate oppression and discrimination in every social aspect in order to provide equity for all.

Our director, Victor Hernandez, has returned for a second year, along with assistant director Karen Shimamoto. Our returning staff also includes our Denver/Boulder outreach coordinator, Nick Martinez; retention coordinator Daelena Tinnin; Webmaster Jerome Jackson; and our campus outreach coordinator, Mario Flores.

SORCE is pleased to welcome Tynesha Matthews as our new inner-campus liaison and Schermisia Chambers as our new events coordinator.

Upcoming Events

SORCE Study Slam: Use our Study Slams to get your homework done and win prizes. Every Tuesday and Thursday, drop by the SORCE office (UMC 227) any time during the day and you will be eligible to win our secret grand prize, worth $150. Stay for a few moments or stay the whole day. Either way, you can win. Past prizes have included iPod shuffles, laptop bags, Starbucks gift certificates and UMC gift cards.

SORCE Chili Pot: The chili pots are scheduled form 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Oct. 14 and 28, Nov. 11 and Dec. 12 in the Senior Dedication Lounge (UMC 227).

The idea for a chili pot came from DeLaris Carpenter, a former African-American CU counselor for the Center for Multicultural Affairs. This event was originally called a bean pot, as beans are a staple food of many underrepresented communities. Use our chili pot as a way to refresh and refuel for the day.

To learn more about SORCE programs and upcoming events, log onto colorado.edu/sorce.

Victor Hernandez is the director of CU’s Student Outreach Retention Center for Equity and Jerome Jackson is the group’s Webmaster.

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