This summer, we have experienced enormous amounts of extremes from weather to political issues to the lack of consideration of human life. With institutions of high education serving as a microcosm of the world around us, it is not a surprise that we experience the same in some fashion. The change in campus climate that began in February must be maintained to create the type of university we all will be proud to be a member. What role will you take in this ever changing environment? Will you focus on reducing your carbon footprint? Assist in the assurance that everyone’s voice is heard? It is time to begin considering your involvement in the upcoming academic year.
The “Call to Action” movement is not relegated only to holding ourselves and others accountable; but also taking action to institute change. Doing the same things; will provide the same results. Therefore we must consider new strategies to obtain the intended outcomes. The Hall Orientation Coordinators ended the 2011 -2012 with several weeks of training covering various topics. MSPS and CORE covered the diversity segment. The commissioners assessed current traditional orientation activities, discussed best practices and how to establish new inclusive welcoming traditions. As the coordinators prepare for the August Hall Orientation Commissioner Training, they will challenge the 2012 commissioners to address the concerns expressed by numerous undergraduates regardless of ethnicity to make the weekend more meaningful and collegiate.
You as students are constantly giving and working with the disenfranchised. This is done unselfishly. In the same manner, it is imperative each student ensure that their vote is counted in the 2012 election. College students were an integral component in the 2008 elections. Many states have made changes to their voters’ registration laws and not publicized them. Therefore, check with your local voters’ registration office or go to http://www.thisismyvote.org/ , prior to returning to campus.
Lastly, Congratulations to those who participated in corporate summer leadership programs. Four Notre Dame first-year students participated in PricewaterhouseCooper’s Semester of Discovery Internship. Only 56 offers were made throughout the country. Welcome back, Stephanie Aguilera and Jasmine Shells, who have been in Mexico and Spain. They will share their experiences on the MSPS website: http://msps.nd.edu Mark your calendars for the first Interrace Forum on September 5th at 5:30 p.m. in the Coleman Morse Student Lounge and MSPS Welcome Back Picnic on September 13 from 4-6pm on North Quad.
Enjoy the last month of your summer vacation. See you in August!!!
Iris L. Outlaw `90MSA
Director Multicultural Student Programs and Services