Who Will Make the Change? You will.
I sat in a big room with glass walls on Pennsylvania Avenue with the U.S. Capital Building at one end and the White House at the other. I was at the Aspen Institute’s State of Race Symposium as a social media ambassador. When the first panel began what came to my mind were the people I met while visiting CU’s community sustainability teams. People of all of races, ages, and walks of life. What brought them together was the same thing that brought all the people in DC together, a desire to create a better community. The people that volunteer for the community sustainability teams will probably never be well known for their efforts to build bridges to overcome issues like racism and poverty. But what the panelist in the big glass room did understand is, it isn't necessarily going to be them, or the organizations that they worked for, or the organizations that they'd created that will make the lasting change. They know that it will take people just like those in Dumas, DeWitt, and Newport that are intentionally talking to people that might not usually talk to, brought together by the common goal of making a better life for their families in vibrant, thriving communities that will truly create change.