We have a growing population here in Albany. The number of different ethnic groups is staggering. Although we have great numbers, I don’t believe there’s enough school spirit, or enough promotion of our ethnic backgrounds. We are in black history month currently, and in my opinion I have not seen enough promotion for the month, besides tweets. There needs to be more awareness and more school wide functions that encompass not only African Americans but reaches out and brings together everyone, no matter gender, hair color, sexual orientation or race.
If I was granted 4,000 dollars to promote and strengthen diversity on campus I would do several major events, accompanied with various smaller events. It would not just be a one night, once a year type of thing. It would be a movement, a celebration. It wouldn’t just revolve around the school community; it would bring the entire Capital Region community together. I would reach out to the College of St. Rose and do programs with them. I would reach out to the public and collaborate with them. We are in the Capital of New York. Everything has to happen here. I would rally senators, assemblymen and women, in order to deliver a well-rounded program, which would depend on what we are celebrating. It would garner local media attention and we would be the role model for all other SUNY’s.
With working with different schools and departments we will be able to have multiple programs because all the cost wouldn’t lie with us. Media would provide free media attention, the school website could add us to their calendar, we would establish a relationship with Residential Life, in which they would help us promote and coordinate events. We would use every available asset in order to cut cost, and have successful programs.
My biggest idea would be a multicultural weekend. It would involve various local colleges and we would extend the invitation to other SUNY and CUNY schools. It would not only bring the positive attention to the university but it would also bring revenue to the hotels, motels, restaurants and local business that would sponsor us. It would involve various events, from Greek Organizations step shows, to food for sale from the local vendors, to performances, music, games, presentations, dancing, and anything else we could incorporate. Obviously, it would take a lot more planning in order to make it into a success but I believe it’s an opportunity, local businesses would love to jump on and other schools would love to take part in. It would help our school diversity, bringing people out to the festivals, incorporating the city and celebrating diversity!