Auraria Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week!

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This week is very important to the Women’s Resource Center. A staggering amount of students on our campus are currently battling hunger and homelessness. Unfortunately, many students, staff, and faculty do not know as much as they should about this issue. We, as well as countless other offices on campus, have worked tirelessly to create the first ever Auraria Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. There will be a ton of important, informational, and fun events going on throughout the week.

Monday, Nov. 18 

12:15-12:45pm Awareness Week Launch

Tivoli Commons

Join us and speakers from each campus for a brief launch event that will frame the issues of student homelessness and hunger.

5:00pm Movie Monday

Tivoli Multicultural Lounge

We will be screening a documentary about multiple families living on the edge of homelessness. Pizza will be served.

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Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 19 – 20

11:00-3:00pm Student Resource Fair

Tivoli 440

Looking for resources? Looking for a way to get involved and end hunger on and off campus? Stop by our Resource fair to chat with organizations from on and off campus. You do not have to be homeless or hungry to come by and learn about all the awesome organizations that will be there. Pizza will be served both days.

Thursday, Nov. 21

3:30-6:00pm Flobots Concert

Tivoli Turnhalle

Join us with a fun concert featuring Flobots with Defy You Stars as the opener! ! The Flobots will be performing their progressive music live to help support this great cause. Suggested donation of two cans, which will benefit our on campus food banks.

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Friday, Nov. 22

8:30-1:00pm Staff and Faculty Awareness Conference

Tivoli 320

This will be an opportunity for faculty and staff to learn about student food and housing insecurities on campus directly from students and alums who have experienced either or both in their time at Auraria. Please RSVP to WRC@ucdenver.edu if you are interested in attending.

We are so excited for this week of awareness and understanding of hunger and homelessness on our campus. We hope to see you there! Which events are you most excited for? Which ones will you be attending? Let us know in the comments below.

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Kids React to Gay Marriage Proposals…and it’s (Mostly) Very Positive

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The Fine Brothers are very well known in the YouTube community. Their most well known videos surround the concept of showing children or teenagers viral videos and recording their reactions followed by a short question and answer session to go deeper into their reactions. This series, “Kids React”, has recently got some great attention (and was in fact promoted on The Huffington Post) due to a video they put up on November 3rd: “Kids React to Gay Marriage”.

And, might I say, the video is fantastic.

Or fabulous.

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Yeah, definitely fabulous.

In any case, the video showcases the reactions of kids as they watch two admittedly over-the-top marriage proposals by gay couples (one male couple, one female couple). The kids seem a little confused at first, but it’s largely due to their confusion as to what’s happening, but when they realize that it’s a proposal the responses are priceless. There are a lot of things that are fascinating about this video, so indulge me as I share my love of it.

First, I think that it’s amazing that so many of the kids are 100% fine with the marriage of the couples themselves. In fact, not only are they perfectly happy with it, they have so many questions as to why it’s considered not okay and are outspoken about how nonsensical it is to attempt to restrict someone from marrying someone they love. It really shows how great a job people are doing in sharing equality and positive values with their children: so yay everyone!

Second, I think that they do a great job of showing even the children who have issues with the marriage…of which there are only a few. One of them changes her view mid-video as she thinks about it, but one of the others holds his opinion all the way through. The interesting thing about it that I found was that the child didn’t have any answers as to why he felt the way he did, and did not elaborate on any of the questions like the other children did.  So while there were children who disliked gay marriage, the lack of enthusiasm really indicates how little society is really saying negatively about the subject. I mean, if all they can say is “it’s wrong!” and move on, I really don’t see those against gay marriage saying much more than that.

I could go on and on, but I think I’ll just end with a few thoughts.

In a time where 5456% of Americans support Gay Marriage, 14 states allow gay marriage (with many others on their way to doing the same), and US congressmen are coming out as gay without apology, this reflection of what society thinks through the eyes of children is fantastic. I don’t think there can be anything better than children showing the positive reactions that society has for gay marriage…except perhaps more states not restricting gay marriage.

Yeah. In a perfect world…I can only hope we’re on our way to one after seeing a video like this. Hopefully, Colorado will be next (we’ve got some coverage, but not what we need!).

So, out of curiosity, what’s the best child response to gay marriage that you’ve seen? There are a fair amount to be found on the internet, but I’m also interested in first-hand accounts if you have them. I’d love to hear all about them!