September 2010 Archives

Why U-N-I-T-Y?

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Some of you may be wondering why I chose to name my blog U-N-I-T-Y...I chose the name based on the song by Queen Latifa which dons the same name. I felt that it was appropriate for the purpose it serves, to unite the black students here at IUP in this conversation (the blog).

I am inviting all black students or any student to join me in this conversation/journey...Are you ready?

And the journey begins...

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I can honestly say that I am excited to see how far this blog will go and the contributions that will go into it. I know that once I really start digging into all of the events, programs, activities and programs for black students that seem hidden as of now, there will be too many to attend all. So my personal challenge will be to attend as many as possible but my challenge to you guys will be to attend some as well. I think that the more people attend these events, activities ect now there will be more in the future.

One event that I've attended so far was the general meeting for BSL (the Black Student League) on Sept. 14. As a member of BSL, I am obligated to attend all of our general meetings and events, but I want to share those events with all of you. This meeting in particular was just an informal meeting, sort of a "who is BSL?" kind of meeting. I was happy to see people come out and ask questions about who we are and what we do. The next meeting will be October 5th at 7 p.m. in the Noltin Room in the HUB. Another event I attended was the Multicultural event on September 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. Not as many people came as I would have liked but then again I don't think a lot of people knew about it. Just about all of the minority organizations on the campus set up tables and poster boards with informational brochures and the like. This event was created to show new minority students at IUP what organizations are available to them and which would be a fit for them. I hope that this blog will help advertise those events and more minority students will attend them because if people don't show up, what's the point of having them around? It's time to get informed



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Going off to college for the first time is scary enough but when you attend a university where there arent many people who look like you, it's even scarier. Indiana University of Pennsylvania happens to be one of the most diverse schools in the nation, according to the website but it may not feel that way. 13% of IUP's population are minority which is, apparently a high number. As a black IUP student, I personally feel that the number should be greater. But I'm not here to talk about the lack of black students at IUP, I instead want to focus more on the activities and programs provided for black students or the lack thereof. I want to provide black students here at IUP with information about different organizations, activites and programs geared toward black students. I plan to attend these progams and events and share the who, what, where, when and why black students should care.

I cannot count how many times I've had conversations with other students here and they complain about not having any activities here on campus geared toward black students. I know that there are things for us to do, I just have to do a little digging...

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