Lively music and fresh lunch drew students to the Hillwood Commons outdoor patio during Common Hour on Thursday, March 29th.
Funded by the Student Government Association, the second annual Diversity Barbeque was the final event of Diversity Week, which had been running since Monday, March 26th.
During the Barbeque, hamburgers, chicken, corn, and hot dogs were served. Some students were even tempted to show off their dancing skills while listening to the music of DJ Runna (junior Computer Science major David Johnson).
“Our mission was to unify our diverse campus and to gather students to talk, get to know each other and have fun,” said sophomore Digital Art and Design major Kiara Braithwaite, who was part of the committee that planned the event, along with sophomore Broadcasting major Melinda Gonzalez. “We want people to socialize and network,” Gonzales added. Attracted by promotional flyers, Hillwood speaker announcements, loud music, and the smell of food, students came in groups or by themselves to join the barbeque during lunchtime.
All of the tables on the Hillwood outdoor patio were occupied, and as the food disappeared, several students got up to dance and enjoy the hit songs, which were blasting through the speakers. Others remained seated to chat.
One table was occupied by freshmen Accounting majors Peiwen Xue and Wushuang Han and freshman Marketing major Zhuyun Yang, who are from China. The three girls were excited to taste the food and explained that the music and the people created a happy atmosphere. They were not the only ones enjoying the event. “The food was awesome, and I was starving,” said Swedish, sophomore International Business major Julia Sandstrom. Senior Speech Pathology major Angelica La Lota agreed. “This was fun. Everyone loves free food,” she said. Excited students and empty boxes signified a well-executed event. SGA´s Braithwaite was satisfied with the outcome.
“It was successful; all the food is gone, and the whole event turned out really well,” she said.