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Diversity Symposium: A student's perspective

September 12, 2012

It is that time of year again. School is starting up and we are all looking for new adventures and new things to get involved in. With so much going on around campus it is easy to miss out on some amazing opportunities that take place on our campus.

If there is one event you cannot miss, one thing you need to go to, it is the 2012 Diversity Symposium. The theme for this year’s Symposium is "Access, Attainment and Responsibility." 

We as students of Colorado State University have an opportunity to expand and grow our minds, and it can start by attending the Diversity Symposium. This is a unique and important opportunity for us to grow as students and come together as a cohesive community. 

Diversity is not restricted to those that make up the minority.  Diversity is something all of us share and experience. The uniqueness of each of us is something we need to spread and that is what the Diversity Symposium aims to do.

This year’s keynote speaker will be author Sherman Alexie. Alexie, creator of the film Smoke Signals, and nationally renowned poet, will be bringing his wildly unique brand of humor and insight to CSU to headline the symposium. 

President Tony Frank, in a letter to students last year, said that it is our right to express ourselves freely and openly but as members of an institution of higher learning, it is our responsibility to do it in an educated manner. 

The things we learn in our classrooms are very important, but college is also about the things we learn outside of the classroom. It is about the experiences we have and the people we meet. It is important for us to broaden our horizons and learn from those we may not necessarily agree with.

Those who don’t share our own experiences are often the ones who will make us grow the most. So when the 2012 Diversity Symposium comes around don’t let it pass. Use this opportunity to meet new people and to challenge yourself to step out of your own box and become an engaged member of the CSU community.

Jackson Shoaff-Bembry is a graduate from the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication.

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