By Rachel Myers
Some new clubs have been created at Newman University this semester, such as the African Student Association (ASA) and the Black Student Union (BSU).
“Last fall at the Involvement Fair, I noticed that there were not any African association clubs,” ASA Secretary Ayoya Yar Riak said. “International students from Africa at Newman and I got together and discussed how we needed a club.”
Helen Abigo, president of the ASA, said the club will help foster unity among African students on campus.
“It is for everyone to join who is interested in expanding their knowledge and understanding of Africa and its culture,” Abigo said. “Our club is also to bring awareness and support for one another.”
Similarly, Pharouk Hussein, vice president of the ASA, said he hopes students will stay informed about Africa.
“People here at Newman need to be educated about Africa,” Hussein said. “When people hear about Africa, they think of poverty, which in reality, there is so much more. We want to give people a different perspective.
“So much about being African is not about skin color,” he said. “Not everyone from Africa is the same color. When you think deeper beyond skin color, you find something deeper and richer.”
The club plans on meeting every two weeks. It will host events such as African dance nights, international potluck dinners and working with Habitat for Humanity.
The Black Student Union is another minority club started this year.
“We wanted a club to embrace our culture,” said Sunita Manu, secretary of the BSU. “BSU will serve as an alliance for student concerns and issues. Students will have the opportunity to express any issues they may be having.
BSU President Andrea Lake said the club will focus on community activism.
“We will also utilize the time to discuss events around the Wichita community, community service opportunities, and educational opportunities to learn more about the African-American culture, whether it’s through music, poetry, or movies,” said Andrea Lake, president of the BSU.
“It is my hope that BSU will bring even more diversity to the NU community and bridge any social gaps students or faculty may be experiencing,” Lake said.
BSU had its first meeting on Wednesday. Anyone interested in joining the BSU can contact Lake at email@example.com.