All About the New Initiative “Success Looks Like Me”
Success can often be hard to find modeled while in the midst of schooling. College students spend years hard at work at their studies, but while in the weeds of learning, sometimes can lose sight of where their efforts will lead them. Even once graduated, what does success actually look like?
The Student Government Association (SGA) aims to answer that question for all students with their brand new Success Looks Like Me Initiative, which is entering its second phase.
“I was sitting over the summer and thinking of all the things that I could do with student government… and one thing that’s really important to me is success and students knowing that what they’re doing now means something,” said Nadia Crowley, the originator of the initiative.
Phase one’s goal was to set a robust groundwork, testing the waters for what the initiative could become. The focus here was infographics, short interviews with diverse CU Denver Alumni that touched on their identities, what those identities did to shape their experience, and what success looks like to them. “What I’ve seen when it comes to underrepresented identities is that the story isn’t told.”
“We tried to find an alumni from every college,” Crowley elaborated. “As far as experiences out of college, we’re [trying to make it] as diverse as possible so that people can kind of see themselves and visualize themselves in these positions.”
Phase two looks to expand on initial success, spreading farther than just encouraging infographics. “We’re really focused on podcasts and video interviews and we’re collecting questions from students to kind of know what students want to know from their alumni, especially alumni from these underrepresented identities.”
The ultimate goal is to provide examples of success across the spectrum of identities, allowing every student at CU Denver to see themselves represented in a post-graduation world. “One of the most important things as far as representation goes, it’s just the feeling of if they could do it, I could do it.”
While the focus of Success Looks Like Me is on traditionally underrepresented identities, Crawley made it clear that that isn’t the sole focus of the initiative. “Success looks like me is for all identities and it encompasses everyone, not just specific kinds of students.”
The question-gathering, podcasts, and interviews will all lay the groundwork for phase three, the part Crowley hopes will stick around for years to come. “[Here] we would have a panel and would bring in alumni and students to come and ask questions… that’s something really important to me, so it’s important we build a solid foundation before [that].”
Crowley may have originated Success Looks Like Me, but she’s also just one member of a dedicated team making the initiative a success. “The team that’s working on Success Look Like Me [is] stellar.” She said. “You know how they say it takes a village? There’s a village, and they’re doing great.”
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