Multicultural organizations showcased at RSO fair

Twelve RSOs participated in the Multicultural RSO fair on Wednesday, March 13, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Rotunda.

The fair was hosted by the Organization of Black Unity (OBU) and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. It showcased multicultural organizations on campus.

According to Indigo Dudley, the OBU public relations chair, the fair provided an opportunity for students to explore RSOs that they may not have known about before.

“The whole point of the fair was to make students aware of some of the multicultural clubs on campus,” Dudley said.

Along with hosting the fair, OBU had a table during the event where they discussed the purpose of their organization.

“OBU is here to promote cultural awareness and academic success within the SVSU community,” Dudley said. “We meet every other Tuesday and talk about political issues or just play games and have fun. In one of our early meetings this year, we talked about the Nike ad with Colin Kaepernick and how it started a bunch of controversy.”

Nursing junior Rochelle Pompey enjoyed visiting the OBU table and learning more about the organization from its representatives.

“I learned that OBU does a lot of community outreach and they also have some inclusion programs,” Pompey said.

Social work junior Kathy Perez represented the Latino Awareness Association (LAA), which promotes Latin culture on campus.

“We are a very small group, but we welcome anyone to join,” Perez said. “Our goal is to share our culture and make everyone know that we are here. We do events like Mexican bingo, which will happen at the end of the month, and we recently had a Latin night where we taught students how to dance to Latin music.”

Perez appreciated having a multicultural specific RSO fair, which allowed LAA to promote its organization more effectively.

“Having a multicultural-specific fair makes our organization stand out a little be more than when we are involved in the bigger RSO fairs,” Perez said.

Katrina Sanders, the staff advisor for Impact, saw the fair as an opportunity for multiethnic RSOs to be able to bring some awareness to campus.

“Each group represents something a little bit different and can share something that can increase student awareness,” she said.

Taylor Stockton

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