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:

It’s a pretty big buzzword on campus these days. But how does it relate to the Residential Commons? I’ve talked before about how the Residential Commons will bring diversity to students, but not a whole lot about what we, as a diverse population, can bring to SMU.

We as students come from all walks of life, with all different backgrounds, and we have the amazing opportunity to share our stories with our fellow residents. A Residential Commons is a mini-SMU, a small example of the wide range of diversity on this campus.

Imagine all of the programs that will be put on in the Residential Commons. We could have a “foods of the world” month, where residents bring in food that reflects their culture or food that they grew up learning how to make. Or a dance celebration that reflects the culture of our residents. We all have something to share in each of these instances, and each of these reflects one small part of who we are as students and as people.

We also have the amazing ability to actively change the culture on campus in the future. As we are exposed to all of this diversity, we have the opportunity to change Student Senate and the way our campus is run. We can vote on pieces of legislation that will change our campus for the better as we move forward collectively, toward a new future for SMU.

There has been disappointment this past year, expressed in many different ways in varying degrees, but I’m confident that the Residential Commons model will help us as students make this campus more inclusive. We have a wonderful opportunity in front of us, and I know we will make the most of it. World changers are shaped here … and the changes we can make to the SMU campus will just be the start of what we will do in the outside world.