Multicultural Affair offers students a view into other cultures

September 19, 2016

Kyle Guthrie

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A large dragon danced freely in front of the Asian Pacific Islander Student Union table as the smell of Saudi Arabian delicacies came from the Saudi Student’s table.

The Multicultural Affair, hosted by MOSAIC, took place in Berger Hall on Sept. 14. The goal of the fair was for students to experience diversity at UCCS.

Students were encouraged to attend multiple tables in order to get stamps on their “passports,” which could then be redeemed for food and treats.

A large selection of international music played over the loudspeaker during the event. Everything from Mariachi bands to Bollywood dance numbers could be heard over the loud conversations in Berger Hall.

Tables at the event included representatives from unions such as the UCCS Black Student Union, who were there to promote their organization.

Senior criminal justice major R.J. Fuller has been a member of BSU for two years. The goal of BSU is to emphasize diversity and acceptance of all cultures, along with the AfricanAmerican community, according to Fuller.

“Our goals are to make diversity more known on campus. We want to make sure that everyone knows that we are about everybody’s problems, not just AfricanAmerican problems, and we want to fully integrate all communities,” said Fuller.

SPECTRUM, a LGBT support-group on campus, was available to answer questions about both the fair and their organization.

SPECTRUM tries to offer inclusivity to all potential members, according to junior chemistry major Miccella Staiano, member of SPECTRUM.

“Our goal with SPECTRUM is to be kind of a family, like a really supportive place where you can come and really feel accepted, even if your home life isn’t great,” said Staiano.

For more information about multicultural clubs on campus, students can visit Mountain Lion Connect.