Colorado State University is a predominately white institution (PWI) that benefits off of minority groups. I represent multiple unrepresented groups in which my predecessors have fought and died for the rights I have now. Now it’s time to take advantage and SPEAK UP for what they believe in as they have allowed me, to this day, be able to walk, speak, and share my stories and experiences with others to make that change. This is why it is important to voice my concerns and issues that are impacting this country and my community.
How do I plan to affect change? Many individuals are making change in various ways. In my environment and using my platform, I have been an activist by taking on leadership roles, keeping up to date with issues concerning my peers and issues within this country and providing resources to implement what I preach. Here at CSU I am a part of the “Together Initiative Council” as the student-athlete representative that is working to hold the athletic department ACCOUTNABLE and ENSURING the SAFETY of black student-athletes (like myself), staff, and faculty within the staff of the athletic department. In addition, I am the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for CSU Athletics Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) that promotes the engagement of various inclusive organizations that the athletic department offers for student-athletes. I am the bridge communicator for these organizations getting to know the purpose and connecting student-athletes with these student-led programs. Furthermore, I am a member of the John Mosley Leadership Program that brings together student-athletes of color from our sports teams in order to connect with one another. And finally, I am the founder of a new organization known as Colorado State Athlete Ally that is a support group for athletes who identify within the LGBTQ+ community and allies.