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Meet the CUEs

Paul Proctor
Greenwood, IN

I chose to be a CUE to immerse myself in an environment that is dedicated to advocating for the support of diversity and social justice. This is a program that allows me to challenge myself in order to challenge the views of others in the hopes of influencing and making forward thinking individuals.

Ariana Cavallini
Noblesville, IN

I became a CUE because I wanted to have the opportunity to reach out to those in my community and have conversations about social justice topics, no matter how unfamiliar or uncomfortable those topics may be. I believe that we are always learning and growing as leaders, thinkers, and members of society, and I wanted to help facilitate the discussions and experiences that can help us do so.

Brailyn Davis
Indianapolis, IN

I wanted to become a Community Educator to challenge myself and continue to educate others on campus about social justice, diversity, and inclusion. I have been an RA for two years and I feel as though I can use a lot of the skills I have learned working with residents into this position. I have a passion to inform people on things that won't be televised, in the newspapers or talked about, so that people are more aware and understanding of the experiences someone else has.

Eve Warner
Detroit, MI

When I applied to become a CUE, I did so because of the impact the program had on me during my first year as a resident and student at IU. College hit me with a lot of questions and confusion concerning social issues, diversity, and my own privilege. The amazing RPS staff members, especially those involved in the CommUNITY Education Program, provided me with resources and support that I would have otherwise not found on my own. They helped me to truly grow a person. By being a CUE, I want to provide other students with this same opportunity for growth and development.

Kim Cagle
Ventura, CA

I became a CUE to expand other people's knowledge, as well as my own, on social issues. My interest in social and diversity issues arose in high school and I was able to delve even deeper in college through dialogue with peers and educators.

Olive Rusk
Fort Wayne, IN

I believe that the strongest catalysts for positive change come out of challenging dialogue. I feel that it's essential that I use my abilities and experiences to engage myself and other students in these conversations in order to continue progress for our overall society. Social justice is one of my greatest passions and being given an opportunity to directly interact with IU's student population regarding such important issues was really important to me.

Kyle Polster
Highland, IN

I decided to become a CUE because I’ve seen how prejudice and bigotry can completely dismantle a student’s morale. It’s a constant goal of mine to leverage my privilege and education in guiding people to interacting with social justice in less superficial ways

Ashton Anekwe
Merrillville, IN

I became a CUE because social justice and diversity plays a huge role in my everyday life. I love discussing current issues and bring real life problems to the forefront of my fellow peer's minds.

Kaleb Edwards
Indianapolis, IN

I wanted to educate people on different cultural and societal issues.

Kayla Beard
Dayton, OH

I became a CUE because I really wanted to touch the lives of people I encounter in a purposeful way. I feel like the CUE program is something special that I get to be a part of. It allows me to cultivate minds and make relationships that actually mean something and I'm so appreciative of that!

Toby Klein

I became a CUE because I realized that passive activism wasn't enough for me.

I became a CUE because there is hard work that needs to be done to change a culture of exclusion and marginalization.

I became a CUE because I believe that I can be a catalyst for this change

Yassmin Fashir
Darfur Sudan, Al-Fashir | Indianapolis Indiana

Becoming a CUE didn’t really feel like a choice for me. I knew the impact that I wanted to have on this campus and I felt like it was an obligation to share the knowledge I had about social justice. The CUE position was a perfect path for what I wanted to accomplish. Had I not been chosen to become a CUE, I would’ve continued to act as a title-less CUE.

Eli Ubelhor
Evansville, IN

Before college, I never really thought about social justice. I considered myself to be living in a world where the problems of the past were just that, the problems of the past. I would say that when this feeling reached its zenith, a sense of annoyance and indignation would come from me when discussing these topics with others, but this all changed after I went on the Civil Rights Immersion trip put on by the CommUnity Education program each year. After that, it was as if the lens that I was viewing the world was utterly shattered, replaced by a sense of clarity that made it feel like I was viewing the world anew. I realized that I could no longer just stand by and watch as marginalized groups in our society were cast aside, and that I had a duty to help give a voice to the people whose voice was taken from them, and so I decided to apply for the CUE program. I hope that the work I do this year, will help you too view the world differently and stand up for equity and true justice in the world we live in.

Nishant Mohile
Gurgaon, India

During my freshman year, I lived in the Collins Living Learning LLC on the second floor. I knew very little about the country that I was coming to but what really helped me acclimatize to the United States was the Community Educator who lived on my floor. Throughout my first semester, I had many an interesting conversation with the CUE and discussed topics that I would never have encountered in my classes. The reason I decided to join the Community Educator program is because I thought that, not only, did everyone need these conversations, but also, that I wanted to be the one having them.

Vandana Pawa
Graduate Supervisor for Diversity Education
Canton, OH

When I heard about the CUE program I was immediately drawn to it. Issues of diversity, equity, and social justice are so important to me, personally, and the prospect of being a resource for undergraduate students in these realms seemed like an amazing opportunity. Opening up and facilitating discussion regarding these issues can be a challenge, but it is a necessary challenge. And this position allows myself and students around me to do positive and productive work in these areas.

Simone Francis
Graduate Supervisor for Diversity Education
Middletown, NY

The Graduate Supervisor position is an amazing opportunity for me to educate, engage and learn alongside others. It allows me to work in a position that fosters community, pushes for inclusion and further deepen my understanding of inclusion, equity and social issues.

Lloyd Graham
Program Director
Warren, OH

Overseeing the CommUNITY Education program is such a meaningful experience. Being able to engage about and across difference on a regular basis with the goal of educating and being educated is a dream come true. My background with Res Life at both Clemson University and Georgia Southern University as well as my work with intergroup dialogue facilitation has prepared me for this role but my life experiences, the identities I hold and how I make sense of them, as well as the way I make space for others has really allowed me to show up in a productive way in this environment.