Going Global With a Think Pink Attitude
Published on May 28, 2013 by Tiffany Coleman
(MERIDIAN) Every student who attends Broadview University knows all about Global Citizenship. The cornerstone class teaches the values of applied learning and social responsibility. Students typically take this course within the first few quarters of beginning their studies. Since the Boise campus opened a little more than two years ago, students have worked with a handful of local community partners to complete their projects for the course. This quarter, students got to participate in something a little bit different. They did a “think pink” project that would benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
On Saturday, May 11, two students joined a team of faculty and staff members to participate in the annual Komen Boise Affiliate Race for the Cure®. The students held a tailgate party in the parking lot at Boise State University—providing beverages, snacks, pink ribbons, and pink-colored hair paint for anyone willing to join the cause. The group completed the event’s 5K, and was among the 12,000 who participated in the annual event.
On Monday, May 13, three students held Bake Sale for a Cure—selling a variety of sweet pink treats in the campus commons area. The four-hour sale helped raise $38, which was donated to the Komen Foundation.
For the campus’s Student Appreciation Event on Tuesday, May 14, two students co-hosted what they called “Pinko de Mayo”—a pink-themed event to celebrate the cause. The cookout featured what turned out to be a popular game called “Pink Pong” and pink piñatas.
Another group’s project was adapting “The Door” located in the campus’s lobby into a tribute door. The idea behind it was to honor the memory of those who have suffered from breast cancer—both survivors and loved ones who did not live to see a cure.
“When I came up with the idea of doing one thing for this project, it was because I wanted to do something different with the students—something with real meaning,” Sally Cleary, the campus’s applied learning coordinator and Global Citizenship instructor, said. “I am really proud of them. They had some really creative ideas. Some they could do, some they couldn’t do. What they did do was great!”
Alan, one of the students who organized the Komen race day tailgate party, said it was a great way for him to personally get to know the staff better, and that is something he really liked.
This is the second year the campus has supported Boise’s affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. On top of the students’ $38 bake sale donation, the campus made a $225 donation to the organization—which funds vital breast cancer education at the local level. The organization provides screening and treatment programs in our own community and supports the search for a cure.