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Lopez: Banning affirmative action challenges students’ success

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Collegian | Trin Bonner

Editor’s Note: All opinion section content reflects the views of the individual author only and does not represent a stance taken by The Collegian or its editorial board.

The opportunity to go to college is a privilege. But more importantly, the opportunity to attend a top university as a person of color is an important step toward achieving their dreams.

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On June 29, affirmative action was struck down by the Supreme Court, making it so that race could no longer be considered as part of someone’s admission into a university.

On that same day, Colorado State University President Amy Parsons sent an email to all students on campus stating that the Supreme Court’s decision would not have an impact on the CSU community. However, the university’s claim does not mean there will be absolutely no effect on students.

As a student of color, I know how important it is to have peers who look like you at school. And the decision to have people who look like you on campus is something that I have found has a major impact when it comes to choosing a college.

But affirmative action being struck down means many students of color who are applying to colleges may not be able to get in or even have the opportunity to see peers who look like them on campus.

The importance of affirmative action being accessible to students of color on all campuses is no different from the topics I have written about before. Now more than ever, it is important to me to share how CSU has helped me shape my opportunities to be a part of change.

However, if I ever choose to leave CSU or even choose to attend graduate school outside of CSU, I may not have the privilege I have here: to discuss all that is affecting these students of color and, more importantly, those who are often underrepresented.

Banning affirmative action will just affect the admissions process for now. However, Inside Higher Ed has pointed out how this could also affect scholarships that are specific to people of color and even outreach programs that are specific to people of color.

CSU’s Bridge Scholars Program is specifically for first-generation students as well as those of underrepresented backgrounds who may be in need of financial assistance. This program is something that is important in making the transition to college life a bit smoother for those who need it.

Programs like these are created with student success in mind, and without them, many students of color may not feel as though they have the capabilities to attend college. However, seeing peers who look like you makes such a huge difference in empowering you to feel like you can do this.

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Banning affirmative action is a step backward for the country, and it is a step back for universities. Without opportunities and chances to make a difference in their community, students of color are in danger of being overlooked, and the diversity that students seek on campuses could be slim.

This decision may impact only colleges and universities now, but it could have a lasting effect on students at all grade levels and make it closer to impossible to see success in their future.

Reach Dominique Lopez at letters@collegian.com or on Twitter @caffeinateddee6.

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Dominique Lopez
Dominique Lopez, Opinion Editor

Dominique Lopez is a third-year journalism student minoring in women’s studies and is currently the opinion editor for The Collegian.

Lopez is originally from Alamosa, Colorado, and moved to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University. While in Fort Collins, Lopez has spent her time working for The Collegian and is a swim instructor and front desk associate at Splash Swim School.

When Lopez isn’t working or attending classes, you can find her at home reading a good book, stress baking in her kitchen or binge-watching her favorite TV shows.

She chose journalism as her field of study in the hopes that it would bring her closer to the community and provide her with the opportunity to write about what is really affecting her in that moment. Some topics she is passionate about are social justice, gender studies and finding ways to honor her community and origins through her education.

As the opinion editor, Lopez hopes to inspire new writers to be able to find their true passions in writing, as well as diversify the topics that are written about in The Collegian’s opinion section and iscuss thoughts on important issues that impact the students at Colorado State University.

Lopez is excited to pursue this new year of journalism and is eager to see what the year will bring, especially as she continues to meet new journalists pursing topics they are passionate about.

Trin Bonner
Trin Bonner, Illustration Director
Trin Bonner is the illustration director for The Collegian newspaper. This will be her third year in this position, and she loves being a part of the creative and amazing design team at The Collegian. As the illustration director, Bonner provides creative insight and ideas that bring the newspaper the best graphics and illustrations possible. She loves working with artists to develop fun and unique illustrations every week for the readers. Bonner is a fourth-year at Colorado State University studying electronic arts. She loves illustrating and comic making and has recently found enjoyment in experimental video, pottery and graphic design. Outside of illustration and electronic art, Bonner spends her free time crocheting and bead making. She is usually working on a blanket or making jewelry when she is not drawing, illustrating or brainstorming.

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