My time here at Ohio has been great. I have been provided with the tips and resources in order to be successful here at Ohio.
Kind of growing up, my mother kind of instilled a lot of values and morals into us. So Ohio is just a opportunity to get those experiences to continue to just mold me into who I am and who I will become.
Being a Latina and that set me apart. But it's also something that like I can bring to the table. Being at OU has taught me to be very proud of who I am and my culture.
The organizations that I've had the opportunity to be on have helped me become a better leader, and also a better ally for a lot of communities. And that's just the beauty of the community of Athens, that they allow you, they welcome you in and allow you to become such a big part of the campus.
So my time in Ohio has allowed me to receive many leadership positions here on campus. And the leadership positions that I have taken on focus a lot on empowerment. So it's allowed me to really branch out and learn how I want to empower others.
Bobcats should know that it is okay to speak out. Tto listen and learn from others who are different from you. Taking the time to make an impact here at OU can be really great for you and society as a whole.
I would love for incoming students to know that they are somebody. That they mean something. But also everybody is different. Everybody grew up different or different backgrounds. So you should respect other people in what they've been through. Also, don't dim your light for anybody else.
Being at OU, you're going to learn so many different things about so many different people, and there's going to be different cultures that you're not used to. But just be open minded and be receiving and receptive.
Get involved as early as possible. Because the sooner that you get involved, and the more you get involved with, the more people you'll meet. And through that you'll learn more about diversity and inclusion because you'll be a part of it.
I think it's important for incoming students to really look at the history of Ohio University. Figure out what worked, what didn't work, what they do want to see on campus. Change that they would like to implement because there are tools here for you to be able to make a change, not only in the organizational levels, but getting to meet with the higher up staff, and really fighting for what is right here at Ohio University.
As a D&I staff member, I've been able to encounter different individuals from different backgrounds by welcoming everyone no matter who you are, what you look like, what major you're in. We all can find a similarity to build upon for a better foundation.
I'm a member of Bobcat Lead Change. We are a student ran organization. We have coaches in there as well. We talk about injustice towards black people and people of color and we kind of just want our voices to be heard. And so I know Athens is very small but it's always a start to something and so every Saturday we always do something either to march or protest but it's just a way for us to kind of be heard.
Knowing these programs, that allowed me to meet so many people as soon as I came in to OU, I was able to be provided with different events that I attended, and I was able to experience what it was like to be a Bobcat and especially a black Bobcat here at OU.
Being in a multicultural center, being a part of the SCPB, and also seeing how the other amazing organizations who are centered in the Multicultural Center, how they run, meeting the students who are involved in that has been a great life changing experience.
I'm a Bobcat and I am resilient.
I'm a Bobcat and I see.
I'm a Bobcat and I believe in taking every opportunity presented to you.
I'm a Bobcat and I love this community.
I am a Bobcat and I love the education that I've received here at Ohio University.