SPARK, an acronym for Students Promoting Attitudes of Respect and Kindness, aims to give students that are passionate about creating a more inclusive community on campus the opportunity to come together to understand differences and influence a positive environment. Some of the key functions of this club are directed to uplift and support underrepresented groups on campus such as the LGBTQ community, women, students with disabilities, immigrants, and other culturally diverse communities.
The goals of SPARK are aligned with the Guttman Learning Outcomes #5 (GLO). SPARK will provide a better understanding of individuals through unity and education, while creating a sense of community to erase stereotypes, and raise self-esteem for students and community members.
SPARK was founded through research from Guttman students who saw that such a group could provide transformational leadership and awareness to issues such as, but not limited, to the following:
- Gender Equality
- Students with Disabilities
- Cultural Sensibilities
- Religious Freedom
SPARK Logo Contest
Workshop on Friendships and Relationships
Culture Fest- Students will be empowered through sharing aspects of their culture and will gain insight into aspects of other cultures. This will support a campus climate of appreciation, understanding and respect
Civility Week collaboration with Civility Taskforce- #LetsTalkBullying. Aim to understand and reduce bullying and promote tolerance
Guest Speakers on diverse topics
President: Gugeeta Cheetram (Gugeeta.Cheetram83@guttmanmail.cuny.edu)
Vice President: Kizzy Nelson (Kizzy.Nelson304@guttmanmail.cuny.edu)
Faculty/Staff Advisors: Carolee Ramsay (Carolee.Ramsay@guttman.cuny.edu)
Daniel Collins (Daniel.Collins@guttman.cuny.edu)
As SPARK works to grow its message, it hopes that acts of bullying are being reduced and an open mindset and tolerance are promoted.