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This past year, GSA members have worked tirelessly in support of many legislative issues at local and state levels. These students have learned the importance of hard work and seen the fruits of their labor.


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GSA promotes diversity on campus and beyond

Christy Morris, GSA Vice President 2012-13 and Casey Sadahiro, GSA President 2012-13

Last month, a remarkable thing happened. The first active male athlete from one of the major American professional team sports came out as gay. The sports world has been grappling with this issue for the last few years. Several athletes have expressed their openness to playing with and competing against athletes of different sexual orientations. Despite the support shown by peers, the NBA’s Jason Collins is the first active major athlete in the United States to choose to reveal his sexual orientation publicly.

At Colorado Mesa University, we too have students, faculty and staff members of various sexual orientations. On a college campus the size of CMU, statistically 5 to 10 percent of students identify as gay, bisexual, or lesbian. Many have not revealed their sexual orientation to friends or family. Often these individuals say they feel marginalized, stigmatized and persecuted.

The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) is part of CMU’s Cultural Diversity Board (CDB) and works diligently to provide resources, support and events for students of diverse sexual orientations. Formally incorporated into CDB in 2004, it has since become an integral part of the board’s leadership and vision. GSA is involved in all CDB events and supports students by providing a welcoming environment on campus.

This past year, GSA members have worked tirelessly in support of many legislative issues at local and state levels. These students have learned the importance of hard work and seen the fruits of their labor. Their deep level of commitment was an instrumental part of major government reforms in Colorado. GSA also held numerous weekly meetings and engaged its members with potlucks, bowling nights and community activism.

While each person has their own worldview when it comes to sexual orientation, the fact remains that our campus is intricately connected to individuals with a variety of backgrounds, providing greater diversity in our classrooms and community.

If you would like more information about CDB or promoting diversity at CMU, please contact Danny Sandoval at dsandoval@coloradomesa.edu or 970.248.1765. •

By Danny Sandoval

*Statistics provided by GLSEN 2003 National School Climate survey

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