African Student Union (ASU)
Asian Student Association (ASA)
Black Student Union (BSU)
International Students Association/ MuKappa (ISA/MK)
La Alianza Latina (LAL)
Middle Eastern Student Assocation (MESA)
"Ourselves Amongst Each Other"
April 5, 2011
Ourselves Amongst Each Other: Symposium On Culture & Identity Within the U.S. Context is a multifaceted symposium providing students and scholars the opportunity to talk about different life experiences that form “who one is amongst each other”. The symposium provides a safe space to explore and ask questions that often come to mind about the “other” but that people don’t always feel free to discuss. The blocked time provides an opportunity for students to talk about issues that at times may separate them from understanding one another and from building meaningful relationships while embodying a deeper understanding of “self”. Students explore what assumptions, biases, and expectations they might have of “the other” and the implications on limiting opportunities for finding out more about one’s own identity.
Student organizations whose missions are tied to the work of OMP through their focus on racial, ethnic, and cultural celebration and reconciliation gather together to form a common Multicultural Council under the support and advisement of both the OMP and Student Government Association.
"It is the mission of the Messiah College Multicultural Council to serve the entire student body through our efforts to improve campus life for all ethnic minority students. We seek to bring unification amongst our organizations and knowledge of our cultures to the Messiah College Community. In all things we will uplift Jesus as the head of our council and the Body of Christ. We pursue love. We embrace unity. We uphold the value of our understanding and our differences."
Contact: Louisa Mfum-Mensah, Vice President of Educational Programs for the Student Government Association, and Chair of the Multicultural Council
Facebook: Multicultural Council Facebook Group
This organization was established in order to emphasize the African community at Messiah: one part of Messiah College's ever-growing diversity. We intend for it to foster unity between fellow Africans on campus (and off campus) as well as with other students on campus. For those who hold leadership positions in the organization, it becomes a chance to fine-tune their leadership skills, as well as giving them the chance to share their
visions for Africa's future.
Contact: Selorm Dzaka, President
The Asian Student Association celebrates and explores the different Asian cultures that exist on campus. Trips to various churches, neighborhoods, and restaurants are some of the activities that the organization sponsors. The Chinese New Year's celebration is one of the highlights of the year and brings new life to the Messiah community.
Contact: Hannah Faye Zarate, President
The Black Student Union is an organization that provides a safe space where all students of the African Diaspora at Messiah College, of African descent, (whether from a rural, urban or suburban area), can come together to discuss and reflect on the unique experience of being a black student at Messiah.
We are committed to:
- Fostering an environment of self-awareness
- Providing opportunities for students to engage in social, political, and educational forum
- Providing opportunities to address issues affecting the Black community
- Promoting an environment of unity among black students and all members of our campus community
Contact: Maya LaBoo, President
Facebook: BSU Facebook Group
ISA/MuKappa aids international students and missionary kids in making cultural adjustments, and provides an on-going network of encouragement, fellowship, and understanding among its members. ISA/MuKappa also works at bringing world awareness to the college community and to the community outside of Messiah College.
Contact: Huldah Sheena, President
L.A.L explores the richness of Latino culture, offers a community for Hispanics/Latinos and those interested in Latino culture, serves the Latin community, and furthers interest in Latino culture through education, language, dance, service, and the Christian faith.
Contact: Cristina Ortiz, President
Facebook: LAL Facebook Group
This organization is out to promote diversity on our campus by educating students about the Middle East in general. The culture and peoples of the Middle East are continuously misunderstood and misjudged. The goal of MESA is not only to educate non-Middle Eastern students about the region, but also to provide a space for students of Middle Eastern descent to come together, as well as those who have a connection with the region to share their experiences and knowledge.
Contact: Samanta Halabi, President
Facebook: MESA Facebook Group
Our mission is to provide resources and an engaging environment for whites to explore ourselves, assess our identities and understand our backgrounds. We seek to uncover our own internalized racism and examine the ways we benefit and participate in systemic racism and white privilege, while re-creating an honest and positive identity.
Facebook: WCR Facebook Group