• Fatima Alwan

    Fatima Alwan

    Class of 2012
    Hermantown, MN
    Biochemistry and Biology

    Fatima's Bio:
    I’m a junior majoring in Biochemistry and Biology. I love being involved on campus. Our community is welcoming and full of opportunities for everyone. I’m the co-president of our school’s Amnesty International chapter, and the Editor in Chief of The Cable, the school newspaper. I tutor and mentor through Student Support Services. I am also a Chemistry lab and Dignitas teaching assistant. I’m very passionate about human rights and never afraid to be myself. I find that I am able to freely express myself through the activities I’m involved in.

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

  • Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

Diversity on Campus

Today I attended a mandatory session for freshmen welcome week about diversity in our college and community. I often work with the department of institutional diversity at the college, and today, a few students led a student panel about social justice clubs and issues on our campus.
Besides the fact that probably less than a third of this year’s freshmen actually showed up (maybe they don’t know what “mandatory” means), the event was pretty successful. I think it’s helpful to let incoming freshmen know the college’s stance on diversity, and give them the opportunity to start fostering meaningful cross-cultural relationships while they’re at CSS.
Despite the incidents regarding inclusivity that have occured over the past few years at CSS, I am optimistic that efforts to encourage sensitivity and inclusivity are not in vain. Each year, seeing all the new students gives me hope that maybe a few will take advantage of the abundant information students in groups at CSS work hard to provide regarding issues you can’t learn in class. I’m excited to see new faces turn up at our club meetings… it’s always validating to see someone take interest in what we work so hard to promote!
I can remember the shock I felt as a person with a background not common at CSS. Although our campus strives to be welcoming, at times it can feel very lonely and isolating. Educating about diversity and social justice issues to me is the most important thing we can do as members of the CSS community for new students.

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