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Published October 27, 2020
While COVID-19 may have reduced the number of in-person gatherings, the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL) at the University of Wyoming still provides plenty of ways for students to beat the pandemic boredom.
“COVID may change how we interact, but it doesn’t diminish the importance of involvement,” says Jeremy Davis, CSIL director. “Being engaged on campus leads to a higher grade-point average, stronger likelihood of graduating, and greater marketability after a student graduates.”
Some of the events that CSIL offers include SLCE’s (Service, Leadership and Community Engagement) People’s Supper, pop-up paint parties and the grab ’n’ go offerings such as bullet journals and blank masks for coloring.
Davis says the events adhere to UW’s gathering guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Participants also are required to be a part of the UW COVID-19 testing program.
“CSIL has been working since March to provide numerous engagement opportunities for students,” Davis says. “When campus was closed, we created virtual trivia nights, remote service projects and online community circles. Now that campus is reopened, we’ve planned more than 100 activities with several in-person offerings.”
Some of the Halloween-themed virtual events include summoning spirits with Peter Boie today (Tuesday) at 9:30 p.m. and Halloween-themed trivia night via Twitch Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m.
The Campus Activities Center’s 7220 Entertainment group also is providing a “DIY Baby Pumpkin Painting Grab ’n’ Go” event today at 5:30 p.m., where students can pick up the supplies in person in the Wyoming Union.
Students interested in learning about events taking place should explore CSIL’s social media. CSIL’s social media directory can be found at www.uwyo.edu/csil/connect-with-us/index.html.
Davis says that spring semester planning has already begun, including in-person and virtual events. Campus traditions such as Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Dialogue are planned to continue, while other events are still being considered.
“Our events may look a little smaller, but they have become intimate and meaningful places to connect with fellow students,” Davis says. “During this pandemic, it’s even more important to be connected.”
For more information about CSIL, visit www.uwyo.edu/csil.