Margo Baker, 719-262-3832

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Let Your Voices Be Heard is the theme for the third annual Rosa Parks Scholarship competition at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak will honor the winners today in a ceremony at University Center.

The competition, named after the civil rights pioneer who initiated the 1955 Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott, is designed to give students an opportunity to express ideas and opinions regarding equality, justice, multiculturalism, diversity and cultural pluralism or issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, social inequality or injustice.

“I’m asked all the time why diversity is important,” said Andrea Herrera, assistant vice chancellor of academic diversity and development and director of the Ethnic and Minority Studies Program at CU-Colorado Springs.

“I think that at a university if we are to live up to our democratic ideals, in truth, we need to provide a diverse environment an ethnically diverse environment, an intellectually diverse environment, an environment that allows students to grow in terms of their understanding of others and to grow in terms of their understanding of themselves.”

Categories for the scholarship competition include performance, research/personal reflection and creative writing. Submissions will be performed and on display during the awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. in University Center, room 302, at CU-Colorado Springs.

CU-Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in northeast Colorado Springs, is the fastest growing university in Colorado and one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The university offers 25 bachelor’s degrees, 17 master’s and two doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls more than 7,400 students annually.