Diversity social brings students of all backgrounds together
| Daniel O’Rear reporter |
A large circle was formed in the Balkans Room on Tuesday, Aug. 26, of the Overman Center as new inductees of Hispanics of Today (HOT) memorized existing members’ names.
HOT has several activities planned throughout the year to bring awareness and potentially attract even more members.
Club secretary Emely Flores, senior in broadcasting, has been a member of HOT for three years. She says the club will be hard at preparing for Hispanic Heritage Month.
“The middle of September is considered the start of Hispanic Heritage Month,” she said. “It goes to mid-October.”
Flores was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Independence with her family in 2008.
“It was a drastic change,” Flores said. “The people, the culture, everything was different.”
Other student organizations at the diversity social included the Native American Student Association (NASA).
NASA says it is focusing on rebuilding membership this semester.
“For the last three years we have worked hard rebuilding our membership,” said Nikki Stone, senior in communication and president of NASA.
Stone is a member of the Cherokee tribe and a native of Oklahoma. Like Flores, she also has been involved with her club for three years.
NASA has a fry bread sale scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 10., in the Oval from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kimberlee Fields, senior in psychology and president of the Black Student Association (BSA) says she is proud of her organization’s membership numbers and quality.
“Last year we got most improved organization,” Fields said, referring to the annual campus awards.
The organization holds debates, fashion shows and other activities throughout the school year, especially during Black History Month in February.
A diversity barbecue is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Oval.
The adviser for the three organizations, Maria Thompson, assistant director for the office of student diversity, says she is impressed by the student commitment to the multicultural organizations on campus.
“Yes, they have grown a lot,” Thompson said. “A lot of them have grown into leadership roles in the organizations. HOT has the goal to be most improved organization this year.”
Meetings for the organizations are held biweekly on Wednesdays in room 316 in Hughes Hall. NASA meetings are at 4 p.m., HOT at 5 p.m., and BSA at 6 p.m.
All students are welcome and encouraged to attend meetings to learn more about each organization’s cultures.