Keeping Students Warm and Cozy
Equity & Diversity Center coat drive kicks off
Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 17:10
The NDSU Equity and Diversity Center is kicking off its annual coat drive and is requesting that students, faculty and staff donate gently used winter coats, boots, hats or mittens.
Regina Ranney, the diversity program coordinator, said there is a developing need for many students to equip themselves with winter gear for the North Dakota winters.
“One concern [is] that many of our students may not have transportation to be able to go out and get a coat,” Ranney said. “The more coats we can get, the more choices students have, and our area of need is really for coats which are appropriate for our…winters.”
Students who demonstrate a need for food or clothing assistance for themselves or the dependent children can contact the EDC for this service. Its focus is student based and to support the diversity of those on campus.
“Many of our students who come from warm winter climates are simply unable to purchase winter outerwear at home and cannot afford to purchase these items here,” Ranney said.
In past years, faculty, staff, students and organizations such as NDSU Bookstore, Churches United for the Homeless and United Campus Ministries collected enough coats to serve more than 200 students.
In 2010 the EDC expanded the coat-drive program to include an ongoing food and clothing pantry, housed on the third floor of their building.
“Since its inception, the Equity and Diversity Center has supported an ethic of care that holistically approaches student learning, growth and development,” said Malika Carter, a graduate student in Human Development and Family Science.
With the support of Niskanen Apartments’ hall government, they purchased a freezer so the pantry can accept freezable food items. Cereal, canned goods, peanut butter and noodles are popular items.
Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the EDC in the Alba Bales House behind Ceres Hall. For those who cannot deliver donations, call 701-231-5728 and arrangements will be made to pick up donated items.