Student Diversity Forges Connections

For the past 7 years, WSU Vancouver’s Student Diversity team has been responsible for annually planning “Connections.”

While Connections is intended to be fun, Bola Majekobaje, assistant director
 for student diversity, says Connections also “serves to
 bring members of
the WSU Vancouver community together, to welcome
 new members of the
 campus community, 
to build connections
 among students,
 faculty, [and] staff; 
and to express our
 campus commitment to diversity.”

As a platform 
for students to get
involved with their on-and-off campus community, Connections annually meets Student Diversity’s goals of making new connections.

Many students believe that this event is aimed at new students; however, it is aimed at new students, returning students, faculty, staff members and even the surrounding community.

This year Connections served as an opportunity for the new Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Renny Christopher, to share her views on diversity. She indicated that she studied diversity and is happy to see WSU Vancouver do such a great job staying committed to diversity. Christopher also noted that WSU Vancouver’s commitment to diversity was one reason she decided this was the best school for her to be a part of.

Music is another aspect that draws individuals to the Connections event every year. WSU Vancouver’s KOUG Radio DJs were responsible for the diverse playlist. KOUG Radio played everything from top hits like “Same Love” by Macklemore, to multicultural hits generally not heard on local radio stations.

Beyond music, taste buds were also enthused. With dishes from all over the world including samosas, egg rolls, tabouleh, hummus and many others, event attendees were pleased with the selection.

Further, “In Our Family”, a nationally recognized art exhibit was displayed on the walls of the Firstenburg Student Commons during the event. For those who did not see the exhibit or could not make it to Connections, the display will be housed in the Dengerink Administration build ing art gallery until Oct. 5. For more information on this exhibit, visit familydiv.org/exhibits/inourfamily/

Another important component of Connections was the mix of organizations tabling with the goal to recruit volunteers and/or new members. Some of the organizations, such as Cougar Pride Club, were WSU Vancouver based clubs, while others, such as Boys and Girls Club, were community based organizations
Majekobaje explains that the Student Diversity team hopes that Connections attendees will follow up by volunteering or joining one of the organizations that tabled at the event.

Summarized as a success, Student Diversity’s goals for the event were exceeded. “Student Diversity has received great feedback from attendees and we had a packed house,” Majekobaje said.

Next year Connections will continue the tradition, bringing students, faculty and staff together with the community both on and off campus.

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