Women’s Academic Diversity Theme House
Authored by Abbey Schlanz
The Women’s Academic Diversity theme house consists of members who, through our majors and minors, represent the major areas of study that Mount Union offers – humanities, fine arts, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, education and foreign languages. The focus of our house is to use this diversity to serve as role models for other women. We demonstrate that women are essential members of the academic community in a variety of departments.
Individually, we impact the Mount Union community through our personal areas of study and campus involvement. Our members serve on executive boards within their organizations. Ashley Guilbert is the vice-president of CHOICES, Brooke Powell and Abbey Schlanz are executive members of both the Calliope literary magazine and English Society, Jordan Pastor and Tara Piercy are executive members of Kappa Phi, and Sarah Slagle either performs in or acts as stage manager of almost all of Mount Union’s theatre productions. These roles sum up only a fraction of our house’s individual organizational involvement. We also represent membership of other organizations such as Student Senate, WRMU and the sororities Alpha Xi Delta and Delta Sigma Tau, as well as academic honor societies such as Sigma Tau Delta and Kappa Delta Pi.
Aside from our individual involvement, we have also worked together to impact campus. Five of our seven members are involved in Kappa Phi, where we participate in various service activities. At one of our recent meetings, we made activity books for hospitalized children, and later in March we will be participating in Relay for Life. Tara Piercy, Abbey Schlanz, and occasionally Alicia Eadon host a WRMU alternative music radio show on Monday nights. This month, the show has solely featured female alternative artists to voice their talents in a male-dominated genre.
As a whole, our theme house has worked together since the beginning of this semester to help plan Women’s History month. Every Friday afternoon, we have sent at least two representatives from our theme house to serve on the committee, offering ideas for events, suggesting Mount Union women to be spotlighted on our website and contacting women to serve on the public service panel on March 21. We have been working to ensure that this month is a success and will continue to do so as March progresses.
Because we have been granted the opportunity to live and work together as a theme house, we have developed more tightly-knit friendships and helped each other grow as people while simultaneously using this growth to positively impact Mount Union. We are incredibly grateful for this experience and look forward to continuing our development both as a house and as individuals.