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DRIVEN to Make a Difference

Spring 2010 | By Grant Flora. Photo by $photocredit.value.

Eydee Colome is driven. 

Colome, a junior from Chicago majoring in law and society with a minor in communication, is among a growing number of liberal arts students dedicated to Diversity and Retention Initiatives through Volunteering, Education, and Networking (DRIVEN).

The organization, open to both minority and majority students, was formed in 2004 to provide opportunities to practice skills that will help them be successful in the classroom and in their careers.

“This really is a student-driven organization,” says CLA Director of Diversity Initiatives David Clark, the group’s advisor. “Our students take more pride and are more devoted to the group because they’re setting the agenda.”

Colome, pictured above (third from left) with other DRIVEN members, joined the organization her freshman year. Today, she serves as its president and as a member of the Liberal Arts Dean’s Ambassadors and the Emerging Leaders program.

“DRIVEN gives me the opportunity to bond with many different people and a chance to educate others about the importance of diversity and community interaction,” Colome says. “It’s not just any organization — it’s a group of culturally diverse friends coming together to make a difference in their own lives as well as in the community.”

Christopher Munt, coordinator of Student Diversity Services for the Diversity Resource Office at Purdue, agrees. “Organizations like DRIVEN are developing confident, inspired students who become confident, successful alumni. The benefits to the campus community now and in the future are immeasurable.”

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