Minority Week connects students to diverse options
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013 11:09
The ASU Multicultural Center hosted its second annual Minority Welcome Week Sept. 9-13 with the theme TURNUP, Taking Ultimate Responsibility Now to Uncover my Potential.
“We have this week to help get minority students more acclimated to campus and connected to campus,” Niya Blair, director of the Multicultural Center, said. “A lot of minority students face several different transition issues, so we wanted to put them in contact with people to help them throughout their time at ASU.”
The week started off with an introduction night on Monday including music, refreshments and an NPHC 1-on-1, where the African American sororities and fraternities talked about their organizations.
More than 90 students showed up for freshmen dinner Tuesday night where student leaders and faculty members, including the provost, came to meet with African American, Asian American and Hispanic American first-year students.
Later, upperclassman Latasha Moore presented her poem about the A-state experience and Lonnie Williams gave remarks to the students about being successful.
For Wednesday, the Multicultural Center arranged for a guest speaker, Amir Windom, Record Executive of Atlantic/Sony Pictures, to come to ASU. During the day, Windom spoke to various classes on campus in the College of Media and Communication and the College of Business.
Michael Bowman invited Windom to his classes that morning.
“Amir Windom was an excellent speaker on many levels,” he said. “He has a wonderful gift that allows him to connect with people of all ages. Mr. Windom also provided our students with some practical advice on how to network with others. But most importantly, he was an inspiration to our students that anyone can succeed through hard work, dedication, teamwork and positive attitude.”
Among other students, Phi Beta Lambda, the college-level affiliate of Future Business Leaders of America, attended Windom’s speech in the College of Business at noon that day.
“Mr. Windom described how he networked and marketed himself as a college student, and he further explained how he made the transition from college student to successful music executive,” Patricia Robertson, adviser for the ASU chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, said.
Fall Explosion was Wednesday night, with a minority organizational fair for the groups. Windom gave his speech about being more than successful, being significant. Afterward, the organization representatives gave informational speeches. United Voices Gospel Choir performed and the NPHC organizations had a stroll off as an introduction to Best Steppers on Friday.
Brian Crayton, a senior sports management major of Jonesboro and multicultural ambassador, said, “My favorite part of the welcome week was the Fall Explosion because the students were able to meet various minority groups as well as meet the guest speaker, Amir Windom.”
The Best Steppers competition between the NPHC organizations wrapped the week up on Friday, where Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated placed first.
Following the step show, more than 250 students went to the NPHC hosted party at the ASU Armory.
“Overall, the event went well. Last year, we had good numbers, but this year we improved a lot. We had more than 200 people participate in our Fall Explosion. Minority Welcome Week is not just for minorities. It was a great way to start the year,” Blair said.
The Multicultural Center has high expectations for next year’s welcome week and will begin planning soon.