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Honors Student Highlighted for Activism Efforts

Alina Clay, a student in the Chancellor’s Honors Program and College Scholars, was highlighted today in The Daily Beacon regarding her efforts to create an inclusive campus atmosphere through activism, policy, and discourse.

From The Daily Beacon:

For Alina Clay, senior in College Scholars, activism is …

“Working with others to fight for a cause inherently bigger than yourself,” Clay said.

Currently, Clay is working toward a more civil and inclusive campus environment through her policy-centric student activism. Serving as co-director of Diversity Affairs, a member of Vice Chancellor for Diversity Rickey Hall’s advisory council and the Commission for Women, Clay strives to push initiatives which promote the discussion and recognition of privilege and diversity on campus, including the “Gender-Neutral Bathrooms” bill as well as an upcoming civility campaign.

Clay said her personal experience as a Russian-American influenced her understanding of diversity, stating it is made up of more than just superficial differences, a realization that has inspired her to practice student activism and promote understanding amongst students. Clay said using policy to protect marginalized groups is what motivates her to continue her work.

Clay said, “Because you understand that what you’re doing breaks from the status quo that traditionally discriminates against so many different people, that is what gives you the power to continue.”