Why I Attend ACC and Joined Phi Theta Kappa

Camila Monroe, ACC studentNowadays, we hear everywhere about the importance of diversity; community colleges are the most diverse academic population anyone will be able to find. A quick walk around our school will illustrate that: we find overachieving high schoolers, coming back students, young adults pursuing a new career, international students, Hispanics, people of color, LGBTQ activists, Republicans and Democrats, mothers, fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers…and the list goes on. The differences in backgrounds, race, gender, political affiliation and age make community colleges the environment that we would like to see along the streets. It’s an environment where all of that diversity comes together to learn. Of course big universities might also offer that variety, but in community colleges that is a sure thing; one of the reasons is that nearly every person can afford that kind of education.

Which brings me to another point: we are at school because we want to – not because our parents do. We sign up for classes because we truly expect to learn, and to apply that obtained knowledge as soon as possible, whether it is towards a job or higher levels of education. We are goal-oriented students, and we will persevere in the journey towards that goal.

I joined PTK to become the VP of Honors in Action (HiA), a position that combined two things that I have a passion for: research and community service. I started my project that summer, and I have learned and grew so much ever since. I have had experiences with community service and journalism back in my home country of Brazil, doing something similar in a completely different language and culture was beyond challenging. But I succeeded, and as a consequence I started to engage more and more every day.

The success of that project made me thirsty for more; more friends than those amazing ones I had met at PTK, more outreach of my ideas on how we could improve our community, more ways to be part of my school beyond showing up and getting good grades. After my award-winning HiA, I joined many clubs, became a chemistry, biology and economics tutor at ACC, joined the Colorado Space Grant Program, and, finally, became president of student government and of our PTK chapter. I believe PTK is not only for those who were born ready, who had all resources available; it is also an honor society for those who overcame obstacles, who do not ignore, but recognize and even celebrate their imperfections. Those are the hard-working students, who understand that a leader is not born, but built, slowly, as a consequence of the never-ending process of bettering ourselves.

by Camila Monroe

Welcome to the College Diversity & Inclusivity Project!

I’d like to share some exciting news about a site license that Arapahoe Community College purchased called Kurzweil 3000. This software is FREE to all students, staff, and faculty. Kurzweil 3000 can meet the needs of English Language Learners by offering multi-sensory support, opportunities to hear authentic text across all subject areas, pronunciation and vocabulary instruction, fluency training, multiple exposures to the same text, note-taking features that improve comprehension, writing and proofreading, and independent access to material. The translation features in text or audio have a plethora of language options. If you would like to be registered to use this software on your computer, please contact eLearning by calling 303.797.5080 or emailing elearning@arapahoe.edu.

How To videos: https://www.kurzweiledu.com/help/how-to-videos/how-to-videos.html.
Using Technology as a Solution for English Language Learners in Higher Education White Paper: https://www.kurzweiledu.com/files/kurzweil-3000-ell-higher-ed.pdf.


Rachel Weir
Disability Services, Assistant Director
College Diversity & Inclusivity Project, Chair