The Butler Center Intern program is designed to provide opportunities for students to interrogate their multidimensional and intersecting identities (race, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion, class, nationality, and others) while playing a key role in planning, facilitating and implementing programs, events and services that support the vision, mission, identity statement and statement of purpose of The Butler Center.
The Butler Center invests in the cultivation of an inclusive campus community where the differences and similarities of individuals and communities are valued and explored through learning, mentoring, advising, facilitating dialogues, and providing a myriad of community building activities. The Butler Center intentionally interrogates our shared beliefs, practices, and systems toward inclusive and equitable outcomes at Colorado College.
Brianna is a senior, and returning intern. She is proud to be from the rural town of Alamosa, located in the San Luis Valley, which is in the southern part of Colorado. She is currently on the Pre-Pharmacy track, majoring in Anthropology. Coming to Colorado College from a rural community, she realizes the importance of her individuality and wants to help provide a voice for those that face challenges around diversity and inclusion initiating growth through conversation and collaborations.
After CC, Brianna plans to attend graduate school in hopes of participating in a dual-degree program to get her PharmD and Masters in Public Health. She hopes to analyze the affects of healthcare particularity with those who have been marginalized.
As an intern with the Butler Center, Brianna wants to bring the CC community together. She can achieve this by providing spaces for students to have conversations about inclusion and diversity. It her priority to make CC a place where everyone can feel comfortable and feel like they are valued.
In addition to a Butler Center Intern, Brianna is a mentor for the S.A.I.L. Leadership Program, a member of the Native American Student Union, a member of SOMOS- the Latinx student union, as well as a part of CCSGA's Inclusion Committee. Brianna is looking forward to the upcoming year working with The Butler Center to create a stronger community not only here at CC, but also within the Colorado Springs community.
Chelsie is a junior majoring in Education with a minor in Race, Ethnicity, & Migration Studies. She is from inner-city San Diego, where most people come from immigrant or refugee families. Coming from a refugee family herself, Chelsie has always been interested in intercultural exchange, inclusivity, and equity.
As a Butler Center Intern, she assists with the First-Generation Collegiate Program and the Mind, Body, and Soul program. Both of these programs mean a lot to her as a first-gen student and as woman of color. She hopes to use her position to foster a sense of belonging for marginalized groups at CC.
After CC, Chelsie wants to work as a teacher for a few years before pursuing a different career in education. Although she is not yet sure what career path she would like to follow, she knows that she wants to make education more accessible for students of all backgrounds.
Eden Alemayehu is a first generation Ethiopian American. By going up in Aurora, Colorado and learning about her Ethiopian heritage, Eden has always been surrounded by diverse backgrounds. Coming to CC, Eden has hopes to create a stronger community which prioritizes diversity and inclusivity. Eden hopes to create programs and events which supports all CC students - especially students of color.
Eden has not declared a major yet but is interested in Mathematics, Sociology, and Arabic. She is a mentor for the Bridge Scholars Programs, a park of Globemed, and a member of the Black Student Union. Eden enjoys trying new things at CC whether it is joining dance adjuncts or beginning to learn piano.
As an intern for The Butler Center, Eden plans to prioritize inclusivity and diversity within the CC culture. She believes that diversity is a necessity and that inclusivity creates a strong community. Eden is looking forward to working with The Butler Center to create a more welcoming environment for all students.
Ramah Aleryan is a sophomore majoring in Sociology with double minors in Feminist and Gender Studies and Journalism. She is an International student from Egypt.
Ramah is passionate about social change, art, media and creativity. She hopes to work in advocacy or media outlets in her future.
As a Butler Center Intern, Ramah wants to help make the CC campus a more inclusive community to International students and create more space for the sharing of diverse experiences. Being a newcomer to the American culture, Ramah wants to work on intercultural exchange on campus through International Student Initiatives, a programmatic initiative of The Butler Center.
Besides working in the Butler Center, Ramah is a co-chair for ESL (English as A Second Language) Committee ( in the CC Refugee Alliance student organization) where she co-organizes ESL tutoring trainings for current and new volunteers. She also spends a lot of her time tutoring refugee families in Colorado Springs. If you do not find her in the Butler Center or working with CC's Refugee Alliance, you will find her reading a book, dancing, learning a new language, watching a movie or hanging out with friends.