Women’s and Diversity Center Update Fall 2020

By Melanie Wilson, Special to Horizons

The Women’s and Diversity Center will look and feel different when you return this August, but rest assured we will be here to continue our work on behalf of our constituent groups of women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and other diverse groups on our campus.  

Our main priorities are listed below:

  1. Assist/support students with concerns regarding bias, discrimination, harassment, assault, etc.
  1. Work with student groups to keep momentum moving forward, particularly for our student of color groups
  1. Support trans students, and the LGBTQ community at large, with particular attention to policies and procedures
  1. Continue to work with Diversity consultant Jesús Treviño on the Diversity assessment process/climate assessment for the Prescott campus
  1. Emergent issues and opportunities – please contact our office if you have needs, suggestions, ideas on how we can continue to progress on inclusion, equity, and the pursuit of a diverse and welcoming campus

We are excited that Horizons is covering the Black Lives Matter movement and encouraging discussion if not action on this critical push for social justice.  This could well be a “tipping point” in our society as we look toward a future characterized by truly equal treatment and opportunity.

Another issue of incredible importance this fall is the upcoming election.  It’s our opportunity to have our voices heard as the nation looks to chart its course for the next four years and beyond.  We can’t emphasize enough – REGISTER!  VOTE!  For those of you eligible to vote for the first time, congratulations!  Know that if you are a woman or a person of color, this right has been fought and died for, and your vote may *still* be at risk of being suppressed.  So use your right to vote, and guarantee that your vote is counted.  The student-age population, including first-time voters, may well be one of the most powerful voting blocs in the country. 

In the words of President Butler, “It’s not enough to just do the right things; you have to be seen doing the right things.”  This is of the utmost importance for our underrepresented populations of women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community.  Welcome back, and together we will do the right things.   

Melanie Wilson

Women’s and Diversity Initiative Director

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