Swarthmore has a variety of groups supporting queer students or supporting students of color, but only one group on campus is dedicated to serving both: Colors.
Students in Colors gather every other week to discuss a variety of topics, both formal and informal. "We are a group that supports each other in our experiences, both as queer people and people of color," says Tatiana Cozzarelli '08. "We're mostly like a family. We don't have set meeting topics or hierarchies." According to Cozzarelli, Colors was created around 2001 to cater to queer people of color at Swarthmore who wanted space to discuss issues pertinent to their community.
Luis Rodriguez '09 praises the laid back and varied atmosphere of Colors. "It's so informal, yet it is still an organized group," he says. "When you go to a meeting, you won't know if we'll be talking about a movie we just saw or whether we'll get into a heated conversation about what's going on in The Phoenix . We even have debates about things that we're learning in class. We ask 'What does everyone think?' about something and then spend a whole hour on a topic, whether it's academic or not."
While the size and makeup of the group varies each year, Rodriguez says there is a pretty good mix of male and female students from all backgrounds and experiences.
"What sets Colors apart is that it brings together two identities that are really important to me," Cozzarelli said. "At SQU meetings, I can talk about queer issues, and at Enlace I can talk about Latina issues, but Colors is a place where I can be a little more whole."