Leadership Perspectives

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It would be a lie if I were to say that during my time here at Carnegie Mellon I have become less involved. It would also be a lie if I said I didn’t embrace Carnegie Mellon’s crowning attribute — diversity. One of the ways I like to balance my many roles and keep my sanity is either to make lists or to make riddles. Here, I have made a riddle:

We were part of the first competitive blitz booth experience. There is one day a year when all (or most) of our members remain silent.

If you guessed the Graduate Student Assembly, you’re close but no cigar. Hello, my name is Joe Eliot DeGolia, vice president of ALLIES, and I’m here to recruit you.

This year has been an exciting one to plan with October Pride Month events trickling into the calendar and organizing our upcoming events for Spirituality Month (November) and World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.

This Sunday, we are traveling to Washington D.C. for the National Equality March, where people from all over the country will be gathering to march in support of LGBT rights. Members of the Carnegie Mellon community will be joined by other Pittsburgh students and residents on our long bus trip. Tickets are still available, so contact allies@ if you are interested in participating.

The day after, we are hosting events for Coming Out Day at the Fence and in Rangos. From 12–3 p.m. at the Fence, ALLIES members will be discussing coming out stories and connecting with the campus. Then, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Rangos 2, we will be joined by GLENDA for a coming out social, where more members of Pittsburgh’s LGBT community will connect and show each other support.

October’s keynote event is a screening of the local documentary Out in the Silence, a story about how newspapers, like this one, can change the way people think. One of our newest initiatives this year has been a collaborative effort with several Pittsburgh organizations to endorse and utilize local LGBT resources.

In my third year of contributing to campus organizations, I am always reminded of the necessity for a student organization to be multifaceted. Whenever I think of Carnegie Mellon, I think of diversity. And often when I think of diversity, I think of many different kinds of people and organizations. But it is also true that one individual or organization can be diverse in that it has many interests and qualities. This is what I believe makes someone a member of Carnegie Mellon’s geekdom. And with my juggling act, I embrace it.