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.
Chelsie is a rising senior 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.
Ramah Aleryan is a rising junior 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.