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In a conversation covering topics spanning from his father’s declaration of bankruptcy to the challenges he faced during his career, Kevin McDonald, vice president of diversity, equity, inclusion and community partnerships at the University, imparted invaluable wisdom to students Tuesday evening. The event was a part of the Multicultural Student Center’s “Things I Wish I Knew” event series.
In celebration of Black History Month, students gathered in the Multicultural Student Center Tuesday to perform and be in community with one another during the Multicultural Student Services’ “Solidarity Through Self-Care” Open Mic.
With students celebrating a wide variety of cultural and religious holidays, there was no shortage of celebration this season. Whether it be the harvest festival Makar Sankranti, the Jewish tradition of lighting the Menorah during Hanukkah or decorating the Christmas tree, students’ traditions are characterized by exciting festivities and family union.
Final approval for six student-led courses to be led this spring was recently issued as a part of Student Council’s CavEd Program. Run by the Academic Affairs Agency of Student Council, the program offers up to eight student-initiated courses each semester.
As Thanksgiving break approaches, University administration urged students on Oct. 21 to consider getting tested for COVID-19 and obtaining a flu vaccination before traveling. PCR saliva testing sites and hours are available on BeSafe and appointments can be scheduled through Time2Test. While some students are opting to get tested for COVID-19 prior to leaving the Charlottesville area, others cited a level of comfort with traveling given current case levels.
The smell of warm Thai food diffused in the air as Thai alphabet guides littered the tables of the Multicultural Student Center. In the corner of the space sat a mass of brightly colored traditional clothing ready to be worn. Roughly 60 students and community members flooded into this anticipatory atmosphere, eager to experience the Thai Student Organization’s Thai Festival this past Saturday.
Once a month, Reading in Hues — a book club offered through the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center and facilitated by the Engaged Scholarship Program — meets to pay homage to literature written by women of color by reading and discussing their works.
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Challah for Hunger sets up shop on the Lawn, selling freshly baked challah bread in a variety of delicious flavors to hungry students trekking to and from classes. Proceeds from each sale are divided evenly between Swipe out Hunger — a national nonprofit that focuses on food insecurity at college campuses — and Blue Ridge Area Food Bank of Charlottesville.
Danielle Johnson, third-year College student and president of the Organization of African Students, spoke to roughly 25 students attending the Minority Rights Coalition’s Memory Mondays event at the Multicultural Student Center on Monday. Johnson detailed the history of OAS and its previous, current and prospective efforts.