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Walking a mile in others’ shoes

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Josh Richards

Staff Writer

 

Trojan Outreach recently held an event focusing on the diversity of the students at Troy University.

The event, called “Walk A Mile In My Shoes,” emphasized the importance of acceptance and difference on campus.

Trojan Outreach had a table outside of the Trojan Center that displayed several poster boards such as “You are paying for your own college” or “You have witnessed discrimination on campus.” Students were asked to sign any of the boards that applied to them.

“This event is to promote diversity,” said Elizabeth Lincoln, a senior psychology major from Greenville and a Trojan Outreach peer educator. “We all go through different things, but we can all relate to each other some how, some way.”

Trojan Outreach is a peer education program that provides workshops and presentations about important issues that affect the Troy student body. The program will cover a different topic each month, such as healthy relationships, drug and alcohol abuse, or mental health.

“We’ll do different workshops and presentations throughout the semester,” Lincoln said. “Teachers, groups, and organizations can also invite us to do presentations for them and they can also tell us what they want us to talk about.”

“Throughout each month, we’ll be out on the quad,” said Nelson DeLucca, a junior math major from Smith Station and peer educator. “We’ll have a tent out there, and we’ll be handing out some information and maybe some goodies, whatever we have that relates to what we’re talking about that month.”

In addition to workshops and presentations, Trojan Outreach hosts a discussion board called “I Care Enough,” which focuses on the issues covered that month.

Students can share their feelings and hear the opinions of other students. The first discussion will be Jan. 20 at 6 p.m.

“We are regular college students promoting awareness,” Lincoln said. “Keep an eye out for us. We’ll be doing lots of different things.”

Other topics that will be covered throughout the semester include eating disorders and healthy relationships, which will be covered in February. Drug and alcohol abuse management will be addressed the week before spring break.

“It kind of humanizes everybody,” Lincoln said. “We all relate. We are all people.”