LGCIE’s Splash of Color, Fall ’23

The Lewis & Gaines Center for Inclusion and Equity (LGCIE) kicked off the semester by holding its first “Splash of Color” event on September 9 in University Park. This took the place of LGCIE’s annual “#EmbraceYourCulture” event as a way for all students and alumni to come together and celebrate the diversity on campus. University President Fred Clark and Alumni Association President Carrie Kulick-Clark were both in attendance.

“It’s an introduction to the LGCIE center for the majority of students on campus,” explained Kit Abaka (’24), a LGCIE Office Assistant. “We have food and music and are trying to share this event as way to get LGCIE’s name out there because many students don’t know that we exist. We try to make it known that we have resources available for all students.”

The event featured delicious food catered by BSU Dining and represented Caribbean, Hispanic, Asian, and African-American cultures. There were also lawn games and a photo booth for attendees to enjoy.

LGCIE’s events have a significant impact on the campus community. Student Angelie Castor (G’25) said, “As a mentor who is currently responsible for making sure first-year students get involved, I think these events are important because it builds community and helps you find people who look like you.” Office Assistant Dori Pierre (’26) shared, “Personally, I like the fact that they are displaying all of their multicultural clubs such as the Haitian American Student Association (HASA).” These events have provided a safe, fun, comfortable space for students to enjoy as undergraduates, graduate students, and even alumni

The Lewis & Gaines Center for Equity and Inclusion is located on the first floor of the Rondileau Student Union, open Monday-Friday 8:30-4:45 p.m. Be sure to be on the lookout for future events!

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