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Students Participate in Annual Student Organization Fair – The Hilltop

Crowd of students at the Howard University Student Organization Fair. Photo courtesy of Hunter Holliday.

The Howard University Student Organization Fair, hosted by Howard’s Campus Life, was held on the roof of the Undergraduate Library on September 8 for students to learn about college clubs and get involved. register there. By noon, about 100 students could be seen in a line that stretched to the Founder’s Library, waiting to enter before the fair began.

About 50 student organizations were set up on tables adorned with posters and colorful club symbols, and they displayed printed barcodes for students to register and organization details for students to read. . Some also had bowls of lollipops, Starbursts, Airheads and bags of crisps for students to snack on while considering their options.

Leaders of organizations such as Jayden McCoy, treasurer of the HU Special Olympics College Club, and HU Expand President Madison White hoped the fair would help give their club a fresh start.

“We’re just a brand new university group that just wants to bridge the gap between those who have special needs and those who don’t. And, we do that by hosting lots of sports, Howard Athletics and raising awareness in the Special Olympics community,” said McCoy, a civil engineering student. It represents the new training center of Howard University Special Olympics University Club.

“HU expand is basically a bucket list type organization for discovering everything on your bucket list,” said Madison White, president of HU Expand and junior television and film student. “If you want to go out and try different foods, if you want to learn a new dance, you know, if you want to expand your horizons, we’re here to help.”

360 representatives performing at the Student Associations Fair. Photo courtesy of Hunter Holliday.

An organization called 360 wants to be a safe space for artists to come and express themselves in the new art movement.

“360 is a creative and cultural movement that believes creativity saves lives,” said June, a senior marketer who preferred to impersonate her. “We use art as a catalyst to create social and positive change and we build community through creativity with artists to support each other and grow professionally and personally.”

Many organizations such as VOICEVoices Of Creativity, Acceptance, and Love, wants to create a space for victims of sexual violence by promoting healing through self-expression.

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“We are in a nutshell a sexual violence support group and basically we promote healing through art, it could be visual art, it could be performance, it could be writing that you speaks as a way to express yourself,” Chandler Pope, a sophomore in TV/film production and vice president of VOCAL, said.

“We just want to provide our members with ways to express themselves as freely as possible,” said Bryanna Degas. Degas, a second-year psychology student, is the founder of VOCAL.

“In our community of survivors, we’re kind of like a silent community and we don’t know that we’re there for each other,” she said, “and so our organization really shines a light on what we we already know exists, but by making it more visible and by nature we are VOCAL in our presence.

Students who had the opportunity to attend commented on the variety of organizations available and responded positively to how they were made to feel during their time with them.

Anaiya Jones, a second-year political science student, described her experience as “welcoming” with organizations such as Speech and Debate, The Center for Women and Gender Studies, Model UN and the Writer’s Guild being a few she stands for. showed interest. She received “a lot of information as well as contacts, so that we could ask questions about the organization”.

“I think they were quite informative, really putting themselves forward to make us feel comfortable talking to them, so I like that about it,” said Delia Lebion, a legal communications student.

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Howard Student speaks to the Haitian Student Association. Photo courtesy of Hunter Holliday.

Many organizations have also expressed a desire to have more students in their organization, especially in cultural organizations such as Howard’s Ethereal and Ethiopian student and Genesis Models.

“People will see us and think it’s exclusive to Etherians and Ethopians, but that’s not true at all. We are definitely open to other people,” said Elroi Yonatan, a second-year student in strategic communication in legal management.

Elsie Fuakye, creative director of Genesis Models and junior biology student, also shared the same sentiments. “A lot of people ask ‘What is Genesis? What is that? Can we join? For example, we also get the question “is it only for Africans?” and it’s not, it’s really not.

HU Elite students and models doing an impromptu fashion show. Photo courtesy of Hunter Holliday.

While there were many positives, some organizations expressed concern and difficulty in securing the members and resources they need to sustain their club sufficiently. Clarissa Smith, event planner for the Chinese Culture Club and a second-year environmental studies student, not only talked about how membership and interest in the organization has dwindled over time, but also mentioned the club’s issues with event funding to keep people engaged.

“So we don’t have monthly dues or anything like that, just because we want it to be available to everyone at all times and so fundraising is somewhat difficult because we don’t have not the…we don’t charge anyone. Like we want to do really good events, but we really don’t have the funding for that,” Smith said.

“The biggest challenge is getting the lab up and running. We were actually sponsored by Version to build the lab, but Howard was playing games, so we didn’t build it in time. So our goal this semester is to build the lab,” Deante Taylor, Founder of Howard’s eSports said the team and computer science major from Trinidad and Tobago.

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