African Awareness Week took place Oct. 11-Oct. 15 and was a week full of events organized by the African Students Association. Each event raised awareness and celebrated diverse African cultures on campus and in the community.
ASA held many events throughout the week including an ASA Takeover, which allowed students to dress up in their best cultural fit to represent their African or international countries, ASA’s biggest chapel of the semester and an African edition movie night.
They also held a service day event, volunteering at a homeless shelter in Abilene called Harmony Family Services. They ended that week by hosting an event as Play Faire Park where ASA members and non-members played mini-golf.
Although these events were put on by ASA, all ACU students were welcome to attend every event throughout the week.
ASA prepared for African Awareness Week by having weekly meetings, event marketing through weekly newsletters, utilizing social media platforms, defining event goals and objectives and establishing an event budget.
Nicole Green, a senior psychology major from El Paso, got to attend the ASA week events and said all the support and participation from other organizations was amazing to see.
“I had such a good experience attending these events and I think my favorite part would be to see the number of new faces in the crowd, especially seeing faculty and staff asking questions,” Green said.
Mada Samb, a senior accounting major from Senegal, Africa and president of the organization, said ASA at ACU was created with the purpose of encouraging the spirit of unity, togetherness and humanity amongst its members and the campus community.
“We are devoted to propagating the positivism of African culture through these events as well as collaborations with other on-campus student organizations,” Samb said. “As officers of ASA, we endeavor to share the wealth and greatness of Africa with the campus community, and at the same time, we would like to embrace in return the vast culture and richness of the different African countries through the students at ACU.”
The African Students Association welcomes all students to learn about their mission and join their endeavors.
“Our doors remain open to all cultural communities as we strongly believe that diversity is a catalyst for success in the world,” Samb said. “You are welcome to our home.”