Adrianna Davis, a recent graduate in Microbiology and Sociology from Oregon State University, found her place on campus when she started working at the Women’s Center and found out about SOL: LGBTQ+ Multicultural Support Network, an initiative run through Diversity & Cultural Engagement (DCE).
As a Leadership Liaison for SOL, Adrianna focused on program management and program development. One of her proudest achievements is an LGBTQ+ Pen Pal project she started in April of 2017.
“The project’s aim is to build community among LGBTQ+ inmates currently incarcerated and folks in the community outside of the prison system,” writes Adrianna. “The point being that prison is very isolating and holding a queer identity in any situation can be hard, let alone in an environment such as the prison system. The hope being we can send letters and art to folks serving time in prisons so they are able to feel like they can be their full selves and not lose a piece of themselves throughout their time there.”
Adrianna says that working for DCE through SOL and the cultural resource centers has made her who she is today. “I have been able to truly find my place here at OSU and feel comfortable being myself,” writes Adrianna. “SOL helped to ground me and to focus on who I am and who I want to be outside of my time in a classroom setting.”
To see what SOL is up to, check out their Facebook page.
“As the Associated Students of Oregon State University’s executive director of diversity programs, I was in a position to not only grow myself but to help push others to their potential. One of the things I am most proud of is building relationships with the ASOSU task force directors on a more personal level. My position has also given me the opportunity to see things from a different lens and figure out how to accommodate or fix problems that arise.”
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