Diversity. Inclusion. Service. Some may see these three words as the foundation of Leadership, but in my eyes it was only the foundation of my Lead team within Central Michigan University’s Leadership Institute. The Diversity, Inclusion, and Service (DIS) Lead team was something that as a Leader Advancement Scholar, I was required to participate in.
A major part of this years’ DIS Lead team, was
to discover your core values and build your appreciation and understanding of others and the differences between all people. We tried our best to mingle ourselves with the Multi-cultural scholarship recipients (MAC) as well as the surplus of diverse communities, events and RSO’s around campus. In doing so, we planned a tailgate to mingle the Leadership
Institute with the MAC Scholars and have an alcohol free and fun time before a home football game. It was CMU spirit
themed, with cookie decorating, pizza, pop, a photo booth and also a corn-hole tournament. Considering, our event was very successful. The guests
seemed to really enjoy themselves and make some memories while they were there. One really cool thing that happened, my mom drove all the way from home to bring our CMU corn-hole boards so that we would have more for the tournament. Having her there to interact with the people that are giving me such a positive college experience was really special. On a side not, I am proud to say that I was one of the champions of the tournament, along with Derek Sturvist! The above picture is of him and I with the 2nd place team together, such a good memory.
Now, after spending a year on the diversity, inclusion and service LEAD team, I have found myself trying to find ways to give the team an opportunity to do more for its name. To become diverse on campus by including people of all differences and serving them to the best of our ability. I have been attending more diverse events on campus and giving my support to those who have felt any kinds of discrimination from anyone on or off campus. Seeing how discriminatory and seclusive people can be, even on such an accepting college campus is disturbing. Knowing that CMU is the safest college campus in the lower peninsula of Michigan but still has exclusion and judgement towards people’s differences, that is really puzzling and concerning to me. As an individual on this large campus, I will continue to show everyone my undivided concern and acceptance.