Embracing student diversity: Multi-Ethnic relations and MuKappa dedicate week to culture

By Luverta Reames

Diversity means something different to each person. To the members of MuKappa and MERC, it is celebrating, embracing, and bringing awareness to the uniqueness of different cultures.

Diversity on campus was celebrated through music and dance during April 10 to 13. Photo by Luverta Reames

MERC (Multi-Ethnic Relations Club) and MuKappa, Olivet’s International Student Association, have joined together this year to host a week dedicated to celebrating this uniqueness. Diversity Week began on Sunday, April 10, picked back up Wednesday April 13 and will end April 16. Each day had its own theme.

Sunday, April 10, there was a dinner in the Warming House for the MuKappa and MERC members. There were two special African dance presentations, poems recited and a glimpse of what members thought diversity meant to them. The dinner was a celebration with food and fellowship.

MERC President GregoryElijah Bennett described diversity as another tool to bring us closer to God.

Wed. April 13, there was a Diversity Expressions event in Common Grounds at 9 p.m. There was a live coffee shop event that was organized by the members of MERC.

“It was meant to be a very casual atmosphere. A live coffee shop,” said senior Jacquelyn Owens. There was poetry, duets and many songs throughout the evening. The event ended with a group song led by members from Proclamation Gospel Choir.

Thursday, April 14, MuKappa organized a diversity fair in Ludwig. Each member of MuKappa received the chance to display their country using flags, poster boards, or any specific item that represented their country.

Rebecca Schnurr, MuKappa sponsor, helped make each event a success.

“I just do whatever needs to be done. (Isabella) Bella, president of MuKappa did all the work,” Schnurr said.

On Saturday, April16 MERC will host ONU’s Got Talent in Kresge at 7 p.m. This will be their third annual talent event. Although this was the first diversity week, Bennett wants to try to do this annually.

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