As we move past midterms and into spring break, as sad as it is to say for many seniors like myself, our time at Providence College is coming to a close. We have seen a lot of change in our four years, from the huge physical changes on campus to this past class year being the largest and most diverse in the history of the College. While there have been huge changes and improvements on campus, there is still work to be done to make PC the best that it can be.
This week, The Cowl features articles on how people at PC now are actively working to make campus a better place. Many clubs across campus, including Board of Programmers, PC Democrats, Student Congress, and more, are co-sponsoring events to celebrate International Women’s Day this week. These events not only recognize important women on campus, but raise awareness and create discussion about issues that women face both at PC and beyond. Events like this are a good start, but as the campus climate surveys have revealed, there is still much work to be done to ensure that every woman on campus feels safe and respected.
The news section features a story on the measures PC has taken to be more environmentally friendly. The campus has worked to conserve energy and to use more sustainable sources of energy, such as solar farms. However, there is still no option to compost on campus and little incentive for students to recycle or conserve energy on a regular basis. Again, progress has been made, but there is still more to do.
In the past year, there have been marches for sexual assault survivors, conversations opened up on the community Dialogue Inclusion Democracy wall in Feinstein Academic Center, forums held about privilege and race relations, events held for the Trans Day of Remembrance, and SHEPARD’s “No H8” photoshoot to remind people to be accepting of others, to name a few. People on this campus are passionate about issues that face the members of our community and they are willing to work to make campus a more inclusive and accepting place.
All of these events are good starts and are doing important work, but none of them are the end of the line. For both the current members of the community as well as the future Friars that will come after us, we must continue to put in the effort. PC may not be the entire world, but for four years, it is our slice of the world, and it is up to us to make it the best that we can.