Salt Lake Community College’s Coloring Outside the Lines club (COL) welcomes all students, gay or straight, no matter the lifestyle.
The Coloring Outside the Lines club meets once a week for a discussion on various topics, an activity and mutual companionship. COL encourages socialization free of judgment.
COL was established for students with alternative lifestyles to have somewhere to go and socialize with other students of similar lifestyles. The club represents a gay and straight alliance where gay and lesbian students along with straight students are welcome and encouraged to join and become members.
“We accept everyone into our club. The club is here to provide an atmosphere free of judgment by others,” Nicholas Pell, newly elected club President said.
“I joined the club and became a member last year. This is a good way to be with other people and socialize,” nursing student Judith Sluga said.
COL meetings consist of activities such as yoga or bowling. COL discusses subjects that can be of help to members, such as stress management and diversity. Campus events, such as Recylemania, are brought to the attention of club members. Coloring Outside the Lines is also involved in community service projects and will team up with Delta Epsilon Chi Association (DECA) for a community project this semester.
“We are collecting school supplies with DECA for elementary school kids. We’ll give them to kids in different elementary schools that can’t afford them,” Pell said.
The club will be hosting a transgender panel discussion March 29 in the Student Events Center at noon. The panel will discuss diversity and learn about differences of people in our society.
Coloring Outside the Lines has been a club at SLCC for about 10 years. Current club membership is low with just under a dozen members. COL encourages new members to join and get involved.
“We want to invite more people to join our club,” Pell said.
Club Advisor Jon Wilson has been a member of the club for six years; he is a part-time student and full-time college employee.
“We are looking for ways to be more visual, so more students will know about the club,” Wilson said.
The club can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.