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November 1, 2010
The Division of Student Affairs at Colorado State University is a broad, multi-faceted group that is involved in nearly every aspect of campus life. The decisions, programs, and policy stemming from the Division of Student Affairs affects the College experience for nearly all of the 22,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students enrolled this semester. One area within Student Affairs - the Student Diversity Programs and Services offices -- works hard to make this experience a safe and welcoming one for all Colorado State students.
Although they have seven separate offices focused on specific segments of the student body, their mission is to work together to retain and serve every student on campus. Linda Ahuna-Hamill, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, has been with the Division for 27 years and said she has seen steady progress towards supporting diversity. In the 1970’s the emphasis was on serving Black/African American and Hispanic students, mainly in advocacy roles.
Over time, the programs have evolved to more than just engaging in student advocacy to creating services and opportunities that are valuable for all students. According to the surveys they conduct, students are eager to interact more with students from different backgrounds and beliefs than their own. They have also found that developing relationships with students before they are ready for College has been an important step in attracting and retaining a diverse student body. Therefore, interactions, such as through mentoring programs with middle-school and high-school students serve to encourage a better understanding and enthusiasm for college.
From providing on-going services and programs, to responding to unexpected events such as the Cowboys and Indians incident, they want to let students know they are there to help, and to address issues in a way that is productive for the students and the University. They have a deep commitment to students, their well-being and to making campus a safe and welcoming place where learning occurs at multiple levels, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Ahuna-Hamill said she feels lucky and honored to be part of the Division of Student Affairs and to work so closely with Student Diversity Programs and Services. She has always felt there is mutual respect among the staff and a valuing of each other personally and professionally. There is a sense too that whatever they are doing, they are doing it together. The staff members have an open dialogue with each other about how they can do more to work together, improve their programming, and maximize resources, which is especially important now given the diminishing resources.
For their commitment to the well-being of all CSU students, Student Diversity Programs and Services was recently honored at a breakfast sponsored by the Colorado State University Activities Board, or CSUAB. During the academic year, the CSU Activities Board not only honors outstanding units at the university with a social gathering, they also do monthly drawings to reward individual faculty and staff for their important contributions to the University.
If you would like to nominate a group, entity, or College for this recognition, please visit www.csuab.colostate.edu.
Contact: Kelly Kimple
Phone: (970) 491-5506