Saginaw Valley State University’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) continued its Black History Month celebration last week. Staff there hope to share Black culture with the campus community through its events.
This past Monday, Feb. 6, OMSA hosted a spades and UNO tournament in the student programming room. Many students of different backgrounds attended, free of charge, to participate in the event.
Kennedy Ridgeway organized the event to promote Black culture during the month of February. Noting that the connection may not be clear to students, Ridgeway explained the events significance to the African-American community.
“Spades is pretty culturally significant for Black heritage. It is a game that we often play during get-togethers,” she said. “The idea [of the event] was to bring students together, share the game, and bring together all of campus.”
Winners at the event were rewarded, as the event provided gift cards and T-shirts as prizes for the finalists of the bracket-style tournament.
The event comes in the wake of an Alumni Relations office meetand-greet held on the second.
Future Black History Month celebration events include a faculty meet-and-greet on the Feb. 13 , a jeopardy night on Feb. 15, and a “Taste of Soul” dining event in the Marketplace at Doan on Feb. 23, when students will be able to taste traditional African-american cuisines.
You can view more information about upcoming events by OMSA on their Instagram @omsa_svsu, in person in Student Center room 111, or online at https://www.svsu.edu/msa/
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