Club Spotlight: Autism Speaks U

    Autism Speak U's Light It Up Blue 2019 event on campus.
    October 16, 2019
    By: Lauren Earnshaw '20

    This article recently appeared in Campus Corner, the University's on-campus blog.

    Autism Speaks U is an organization that supports students, faculty and alumni in their awareness and fundraising efforts for Autism Speaks. 

    The president of Autism Speaks U at Scranton, Kaitlin Costello, talked to us about the organization. 

    “The mission of Autism Speaks U is that we aim to increase autism awareness within our campus community, as well as funds for Autism Speaks by attending and holding fundraising events pertaining to the organization Autism Speaks and individuals with autism,” she said. 

    The fundraising events occur on and off campus, including Chipotle and Panera fundraisers as well as a "Light it Up Blue" fundraising event on campus in April for Autism Awareness Month.

    The club also collaborates with other organizations on campus to widen their reach. Last year, they collaborated with the Students Occupational Therapy Association to host a Paint Night on campus,” Costello said.

    Another event you can look forward to this year is the Autism Speaks U Hero Dash.

    “For this event, we plan to invite the local community as well as the new Autism Center that is on campus,” Costello said.

    Autism Speaks U meets twice a month on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in Brennan 228. Joining the club also commits you to around three events a semester.

    Students are welcome to join at any time --  just join the club on Royal Sync and start coming to meetings. The meetings just started this month.

    To learn more about the club and get involved to help spread awareness about Autism Speaks U’s mission, contact Kaitlin Costello at

    Lauren Earnshaw '20 is a marketing major from Audubon.
    Lauren Earnshaw '20 is a marketing major from Audubon.
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