Dear Students, Faculty, Staff and Community Partners,Thank you so much to those of you who were able to attend our 20th Anniversary Dinner this past weekend. It was an incredible evening filled with so much love, joy and remembrance. For those of you who were unable to attend, we wanted to give you a glimpse of the evening. You can find my welcome comments here, as well as the speeches of our two student speakers, Jasmine Ontiveros and Xander Rorabaugh. Additionally, the graphic above is something we have been working on with Kriss Wittmann in an effort to capture our history and tell our story. We hope you enjoy.
At the end of the evening, I tasked the attendees with finding ways to stay engaged with center in whatever capacity feels feasible. We have made many strides in the last 20 years and as I think about the work of the Pride Resource Center over the next 20 years, we know we cannot move forward without you, for there is still so much work left to do. Unfortunately, on Sunday morning, we woke up to news about just one of the many ways or identities and our lives are on the line. Your continued support is critical to the success of our community and our students.
One of the ways you can support our students is by considering a donation to our GLBT Student Scholarship . One of our hopes for this year is to build our GLBT Scholarship Endowment, the only LGBTQ specific scholarship at CSU. At its current capacity, we are only able to give two $1,000 scholarships per year. We know we have a much greater need than that, a recent study stated that LGBT students report $16,000 more debt on average to their straight counterparts. On Sunday night at the PRISM Drag show, I made an announcement to students that we are trying to raise funds for our GLBT Student Scholarship. One of the MC’s of the night, challenged the students to raise $50 in that moment. Much to our surprise within a couple of minutes, our students collected $517 towards this scholarship. Over the course of the night, they managed to raise $1,900 in funds towards this scholarship. Two things became clear to me in that moment: 1.) Our students are committed to the success of their peers, for Rams take care of Rams. 2.) Any kind of support whether it is $1, $20 or more goes a long way towards supporting our students. I hope you will consider this opportunity to support.
If you are looking for other ways to be engaged with the center and/or our students, please feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org. Engagement can also mean following/sharing our events on social media, so also feel free to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Thank you so much for your time, and for your commitment to our students.
Dora S. Frias
Director, PRIDE Resource Center
Colorado State University