ASGCU aims to increase unity through better diversity awareness
By Jeannette Cruz
GCU News Bureau
Seven years ago, Arantxa Moreno came to America from Venezuela and had to dive into the new culture while still trying to hold on to parts of her upbringing that she held dear.
“It was a little difficult at first because everything is different,” she said. “Sure, I made friends who were also from other Latin American countries and understood my Spanish, but even then, language was so insignificant because there were so many other factors that made us different.”
That is how Moreno learned that two people can come from the same place and yet share two totally different experiences. And with so many international, cultural and social clubs on campus, it’s no surprise that Moreno sought a need to shed light on the many ways diversity exists at Grand Canyon University — which she presumes will grow with the increasing student population.
Moreno now is diversity awareness director of Associated Students of GCU, which is turning the spotlight on two students every month, starting this week, to encourage other students to learn more about the unique people and exciting programs at the University. Students will be featured on ASGCU’s social media accounts and Channel 22.
“We are not too aware of all of the amazing stories that are within our campus,” said Moreno. “I wanted to create something that is simple but that is constantly present. At GCU we are our own little world, but it is still made up of so much.”
The Student Diversity Spotlight will display the students’ picture and a few details about what the student believes “can be seen,” “can be guessed” and what most people “can’t tell by looking” at them.
“Our ultimate goal is to bring awareness about different experiences in a way that we don’t have to host a huge event or put posters around campus,” Moreno said. “What I really want is for people to get to know their classmates and faculty in a way that it is not superficial.”
To learn more or to be a part of the Student Diversity Spotlight, contact Moreno at [email protected].
Contact Jeannette Cruz at (602) 639-6631 or [email protected]