Alliance: 4.15.12

Alliance opened its weekly meeting Sunday night by the members of the executive board training the upcoming officers for their new positions.

Pat McCutchen, senior lecturer for humanities and fine arts, spoke to the general assembly members on how to become an agent of change.

She said when people talk about agents of change, they think about people who have brought about tremendous change socially.

“Change agents aren’t just these great people who go down in history,” McCutchen said. “Most change agents you will never know.”

McCutchen said the change that happens on a daily basis with everyday people is what makes the most difference.

She said most people think progression is coming slowly, but she encouraged everyone to take action with anything they think needs a change.

“Change agents are not necessarily those who move great mountains, they are the ones how move one stone at a time,” McCutchen said. “All of you are change agents, you see a future that others cannot see, you are visionaries.”

She said people do not need to conform to what society thinks they should be.

“Minorities groups have always had to fight for what should have been theirs from the start,” McCutchen said. “Change agents said we are not apart of your group. Every time you stand up for something you make a change.”

Alliance members gave her a thunderous applause once she had finished speaking.

The annual Day of Silence will be April 20. Alliance members will be handing out informational brochures and pamphlets about the Day of Silence from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Curris Center. The Day of Silence is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s annual day of protest against bullying of LGBT students and their allies.

The six Alliance members who attended the White House Career Pathways Briefing featuring John Berry, director of  the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, spoke about their time in Washington, D.C.

The meeting closed with members talking about upcoming events.