Volunteer Spotlight: Mari Strombom
In 2001, the very first Colorado State University Diversity Summit was held, and lasted for only one day. In 2002 the Summit opened its doors to the CSU and Fort Collins Communities but still only took place for a day.
The 2004 Diversity Summit marked the first all-inclusive diversity conference with faculty, students, Front Range Community College, Aimes Community College, University of Northern Colorado, Athletics, Colorado State University Police Department, Poudre Valley Health Systems, Fort Collins Area Chamber, Northern Colorado Mortgage Company, and a State Representative presenting workshops or participating in events. As the evident need for discussion about Diversity at Colorado State University grew, the one day summit evolved into the three day conference that it is today.
Over the years, conference themes have changed with the times to spark discussion about Diversity. Specially selected presenters lead workshops or host panels to create a safe place for conference attendees to explore issues surrounding race, color, gender, disability, religion, national origin, economical standing, and sexual orientation. Each Conference hosts inspirational and provocative guest speakers that address each theme.
Today, our Volunteer Spotlight shines on Mari Strombom, who uses VolunteerSpot's online signup sheets to organize volunteers for the annual Diversity Summit.
Please tell us about your organization and your volunteer needs.
Colorado State University hosts a 3 day long Diversity Symposium each year that includes multiple presentations each day as well as a keynote speaker one evening. In order to make the Diversity Symposium run smoothly, we need a number of volunteers to staff the Symposium Information Booth (to check in presenters and volunteers), to host each sessions presented (introduce speaker, distribute and collect evaluations), and assist with seating logistics for the keynote speaker.
Explain how you use VolunteerSpot to coordinate these volunteers.
VolunteerSpot has made it incredibly easy to coordinate our volunteers. All I have to do is fill out our needs and then send an e-mail with a link to the sign-up page to volunteers from previous years as well as other areas of our University. Then I just monitor to see if the spots are filling up to know if I need to e-mail out further volunteer solicitations.
What’s one piece of advice you have for volunteers or their leaders out there?
Your fields are limited, so be thoughtful about providing adequate information to your potential volunteers. And don’t forget to thank them!
Why did you decide to use VolunteerSpot?
It was recommended to me by a colleague as a really good, free tool. Our budget is very limited for the symposium – most of it goes to pay for the keynote speaker, so it was important to find a tool that didn’t add to our budget. Once I looked at VolunteerSpot, I was sold as it was so easy to figure out and use. This is the 3rd year I’ve used it to coordinate our volunteers and I’ve enthusiastically recommended it to others.
To learn more, visit http://diversity.colostate.edu/symposium/
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