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Diversity and Inclusion Cookout Brings Students From All Walks of Life

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Burgers, volleyball, and diversity! These are three things that were found at the Diversity and Inclusion Cookout on the WC campus mall August 27. Over 50 students attended, coming from varied involvement on campus to have a good time and learn about how they can be promoting the Wilmington College value of diversity.

Students and faculty playing friendly game of volleyball at cookout

Hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, clubs represented included the Black Student Initative (BSI), the Latino Student Association (LSA), the International Club, SPECTRA, and the newest group, the Jewish Culture Club. Each group has events for all students to participate in each semester, weekly meetings, and a desire to unite under the umbrella of Diversity.

BSI is initiated by African American students, but strives to provide an environment where all students may express, celebrate and share their heritage.

“As being president, the only challenge I’ve had so far is me being more authoritative. If there’s a certain way I see something in my head, I’ll take care of it for others [rather than delegating],” shares Kelly Angevine, President of BSI.

Kelly is the third female president of BSI, and looks up to the model of the previous presidents. “The women before me paved the way for me. They were strong in how they handled themselves as president.”

BSI members plan to talk about events at their next meeting, with many ideas related to revamping what they do and who they are as an organization. Meeting times are to be determined. Expected events include a movie night in the fall and African Village in the spring. It is free to join and students are not expected to attend meeting.

International Club educates and involves students in other cultures, particularly the cultures of Wilmington College students from other countries.

“We take a lot of fun trips and we pay for food. It’s a way to get off campus and out of rural Ohio and transport oneself somewhere else.” – Carly Pritchard, International Club

Carly Pritchard, President of International Club, shares, “We take a lot of fun trips and we pay for food. It’s a way to get off campus and out of rural Ohio and transport oneself somewhere else.”

Chip Murdock, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

International Club members will be hosting meetings Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Expected events include the International Food Festival in November, a holiday party in December to celebrate various holiday traditions, and to take off campus trips to places of international significance. It is free to join and students are not expected to attend meeting.

LSA is a year-old organization that shares the background of Latino students and educates students on the Latino culture.

Lila Kincaid, President of LSA, faces the challenge of being a new organization on a small campus. “[Turnout to events] just depends on what the students’ interests are. For our opening event we had a really big turnout, but for our movie event only one or two people came.” Lila plans to work on their advertising strategy.

LSA members plan to collaborate with other diversity groups and create interactive events for students. Meeting times are to be determined. Expected events include a movie premiere of Selena, a Day of the Dead cookie decorating activity in Pyle, and the Unidiversity Festival in Oxford on September 23.

SPECTRA is a student club that works to improve the school climate for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

“We’ve got a very small-knit group,” shares Emily Hale, Secretary of SPECTRA. “We’re still open to [all students]. I like how accepting they were when I joined. I came in and it was like I’d always been a member.”

SPECTRA members will be hosting meetings on Wednesdays at 1:30. Expected events include the Drag Show on October 18.

Maraya Wahl
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Maraya is a 2018 graduate who majored in Business Management and Political Science and minored in Spanish. She believes that writing is a wonderful way to communicate and express oneself to others.

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