An update from Meaghan, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student triple majoring in Environmental Science with an Earth Science emphasis, Geology, and Chemistry, while triple minoring in Math, English, and Environmental Engineering:

Diversity. It’s a word we use a lot when talking about the Residential Commons system, but what does it really mean to the future of SMU?

There are a lot of ways a community can be diverse. Besides those more commonly referred to – race, ethnicity, major, hometown – there’s also talent, sexual identity, sexual orientation, music genre preference, favorite movie, favorite subject in school….well, you get the picture. Like many things at SMU, diversity isn’t just one thing or the other. Rather, it’s a whole spectrum of talents and interests and histories and cultures that vary all across the board.

Let’s talk about talent. By now I’ve waxed poetic about how wonderful my RC is, especially the current Fine Arts Community community, and how the community as a whole is a pristine model for what we know the RC system will become. But let’s for a moment focus in and talk about the greater SMU community (by talking about, you guessed it, my fabulous RC!).

JSpearJulian Spearman (affectionately known as JSpear) heads an organization on campus called TREAT that helps rising stars enter the world of showbiz by helping them get gigs and play shows on and off SMU’s campus. On February 6, TREAT had their first show, and the headliners were the FAC’s own The Happy Alright. At the event, many acts stepped up and showed their talent to the audience. There was spoken word, musical composition, even Irish-Step-dancing from yours truly! Such a wide range of diverse talent culminated with The Happy Alright and gave me one of my first glimpses into what else the RC system had to offer. After talking with Sterling Gavinski, the lead singer of The Happy Alright, I knew I had the perfect segue into a discussion on what diversity will look like in the new RCs.

So where am I going with all of this? Talent in the residential community is just another way diversity is represented at SMU. We as students are so much more than our majors and our years (where we’re from, where we’re living…the usual “getting to know you” questions we all hear at Mustang Corral). We’re our talent, our humor, our studying habits, even our social preferences! There’s so much diversity at SMU it’s nearly insane, and just one more plus of the Residential Commons system is that this diversity is going to increase tenfold. Musicians who are engineers will meet spoken word artists who are business majors. But the best thing is that we’re going to be exposed to all of this! We’ll all be able to experience the wide range of diversity that SMU has to offer, and that’s for sure one of the best things about this new system.