Abi McKibben / Contributing Writer
A group of 12 Samford students make up the Multicultural Affairs Committee, a group responsible for educating members of Samford’s Student Government Association and other campus organizations in what are called “Diversity Trainings.” In these meetings, they address potential improvements for campus diversity, cover important terminology, and discuss ways to have good conversations about sensitive topics.
Multicultural Affairs Committee Director Christa Chery explained the goal of MAC.
“We want our leaders to be better educated for minorities to feel seen and valued,” Cherry said.
In the future, MAC plans to offer training to students outside of SGA to better facilitate conversations about cultural affairs. Before the spring semester ends, MAC plans to host a cultural competency training on what they call “Day of Elevation” sometime in the month of April . Apart from the training, the members will explain who they are, what they do, and how to get involved. Their motto, “Elevate Others” will be displayed on T-shirts during the event.
Chery said one of MAC’s goals is creating safe spaces for minorities. For Chery, the committee has given her an opportunity to grow personally, in relationships, and in an understanding for people who are different from her own culture.
“We learn to love our neighbors well and teach others to do the same,” Chery said.
For more information on the Multicultural Affairs Committee and their future events, contact Christa Chery, firstname.lastname@example.org.