Spectrum working to reverse discrimination

As long as discrimination and intolerance exist against marginalized sexual orientations and gender identifications, clubs such as Spectrum have a role to fill. The LGBTQI community in Utah faces many uphill battles. Locally, the social and political landscape is not always attuned to the rights and needs of this diverse convergence of people. Members of 2011 Wolverine Achievement Award Club of the Year finalist, UVU Spectrum, are attempting to change that. UVU Spectrum, helmed by Frey Seagrove and Ronni Sorensen, is a student organization that works tirelessly to combat ignorance and intolerance, both on and off campus. Spectrum members’ current hurdle is the anti-discrimination policy here at the university, which they are attempting to convince administration to amend so it protects students from being discriminated against due to factors like sexual orientation and gender identity. The goal of the proposed change is simply this: Make the university an accepting environment in which all students can be themselves without facing discrimination or ridicule. Spectrum activities empower members and non-members to create fun, safe networks of people that can provide each other with friendship and support. The club has a thriving membership, with a mailing list comprised of about 300 students and activities that have had nearly 150 in attendance. Spectrum members have also brought national campaigns like I AM EQUAL, a national movement for equality and human rights, as well...

Read More