This quarter, the Diversity & Equity Center (DEC) is ushering in a new program. Three different series, aiming to bring people who share common identities together, will take place over the course of the Winter 2020 quarter.
African American men were brought together for the first gathering of this series. The next upcoming event will be geared towards Multiracial and Multiethnic Students. For the third and final event, Students with Disabilities will be the focus.
This series is intended show individuals, no matter how they identify, that they have a community here at CWU. One issue that Eriqua Collins, Graduate Assistant for the DEC, discusses is the low retention rate at CWU. One explanation, she explains, “could be that individuals come and don’t find their people, their community…”
In an effort to rectify this problem, Collins says this program will, “hopefully provide an opportunity for people who share common identities to come and be and feel like they have a place to call their own.”
What to Expect
If you align with these identities, you are encouraged to attend and connect with other students who may have shared experiences. Collins hopes that these events shed light on “some commonalities that we all share and how we can build off them.”
All are more than welcome to attend these meetups. However, students who do not identify with the those being discussed will be asked to listen and observe.
No matter how you identify, anyone can gain something from attending a meetup. Collins says, “I don’t think very often we get a chance to look at the world through someone else’s lenses.” This program offers everybody a unique opportunity to embrace a new learning experience and come with an open mind.
Come find your people and exchange good-natured dialogue. At each event, a CWU host will facilitate the dialogue. Refreshments will also be provided.
The Central Experience
The ball is officially rolling for the Find Your People Series. However, three per quarter is just the beginning.
Collins has high hopes for the program, saying, “I would love to see at least one every other week.” Moving forward, more identities can be explored and she hopes for the program to become a prominent part of the CWU experience for all students.
Multiracial & Multiethnic Students, hosted by Abby Chien | February 5 | 5:00-7:00PM | DEC, Black Hall Room 105
Students with Disabilities, hosted by Kendall Smart | February 26 | 5:00-7:00PM | DEC, Black Hall Room 105
Kiersten Kimminau is a Student Writer at the CWU Publicity Center. She is a Communication Studies major and student-athlete on the Cross Country & Track teams.