The Black Students Association has brought back “Sundaes on Mondays,” an “at ease” environment in the Living Room to simply discuss and collaborate on issues in the world, all while enjoying some ice cream sundaes.
Byron Martin, director of Multicultural Enrichment, believes Sundaes on Mondays is doing well after a several-year absence.
“We had this when I was in school, and I thought it was something that we should bring back,” Martin said. “I think it’s growing and continually going to get bigger as we move along.”
There are ground rules on how to discuss or argue between each topic, but the idea is to get everyone to sit down and talk about some subjects most people would decide not to be confrontationalÂ about. These discussions include the current culture, elections, interracial dating, Martin Luther King Jr.’s significance, and on Feb. 4, immigration.
Martin says the gatherings are safe places for hard discussion.
“Sundaes on Mondays is a place where they can learn how to correctly have a constructive, hard-nosed conversation on these topics, and how these topics affect us, or simply society as a whole.”
Occasionally, there are a panel of professors or faculty from ACU that attend the event, to put different perspectives and points of view at the table for discussion of that particular topic. The panel holds no specific aisle, but rather are usually split on the topic, or have completely different outlooks on it.