Many tensions have been felt within the SCU campus over the course of the quarter. From the Presidential election, which evoked strong emotions from students left and right, to the vexing incidents in Casa targeting the LGBT+ and Jewish communities on campus, to the controversial events prompting student involvement and backlash, it seems that there is a growing disjunction between students. And while this partition will require a great deal of time and effort from all students to be repaired, it is important in the meantime to recognize the valuable work that has been implemented by those who promote positive discourse and a concomitant push towards unity within our campus.
The Empowerment Program Coordinators are prime examples of student leaders who have proven time and time again to show compassion and care for each other and for others, and who are in turn doing some of the work that is necessary to preserve and reinforce the type of community the SCU campus is supposed to be.
This quarter, SCU's Rainbow Prom, organized by Adrian Chavez (Program Coordinator for Q+A), was a remarkable event. With over 500 individual attendees, the event was created in an effort to support the LGBT+ community, stand in solidarity with the victims of the Pulse shooting, and invite all students and friends on campus to join in. The Labor Action Committee and BLEJIT (Coordinated by Ciaran Freeman and Marisa Rudolph, respectively) continued work this quarter to promote a greater sense of student involvement on campus and with administration, encouraging a more sustainable and transparent SCU, and hosted events like Gallery in the Garden, featuring well-loved student performers, good food, and mingling with people one wouldn't normally get to know. Feminists for Justice (PC: Sarah Locklin) invited students to a film screening of "She's Beautiful When She's Angry", and co-hosted meetings to facilitate discussion on often-avoided topics. Kimy Grandi, our Program Coordinator for Worker's Connection, engaged off-campus with her program to collaborate with other communities and works to provide support via a symbiosis of information exchange and critical dialogue regarding worker's rights.
While the near and far future may seem bleak to many students (and duly so), it is people like the PCs I work with who not only empower each other and many others during times of chaos, but who bring light and love to this world and who give myself and the people they touch the courage and inspiration to do better, to be more, and to work a little bit harder every day.
- Massiel Rivera