Inclusion Dinner Expands in Second Year

September 5, 2022

The second annual Inclusion Dinner sponsored by the Student Government Association, Black Student Union, Asian Student Union, Sexuality and Gender Alliance, Muslim Student Association, and Latiné Student Union welcomed 275 attendees, 100 more than the inaugural dinner in 2021.

A student serves up an authentic meal during the annual Inclusion Dinner.

The event was held on Monday, Sept. 5, following a weekend full of Orientation programming for first-year students and a day full of move-in for returning residential students.

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Dr. Matha Thornton offered a brief welcome to the attendees.

“I am blown away at the number of students who are here for this event this evening. We can all understand the importance of community and coming together and a sense of belonging. I encourage you to take some time to go around the room tonight to learn more about these clubs and others and remain involved; find ways that feel right for you to connect on campus,” she said.

Local restaurants provided traditional food representing a variety of cultures, and each of the host student clubs had a table with games and giveaways. Each of the club E-boards also took the time to introduce themselves and tell attendees about their club and activities.

“We are so delighted to see each and every one of you and to welcome you to this University where you are not just a student, but you are family. We want you to get involved and participate in the life of the campus. We want you to get involved because you belong here,” said Dr. Marlowe Washington, senior diversity officer.

Student Government Association Vice President Jenna Vinoya also addressed the crowd.

“The Inclusion Dinner is a great wrap-up to Orientation Weekend, but also serves as a way in which students can connect, learn about ways to get involved on campus, and overall have a positive and light-hearted start to the academic year, full of fellowship and delicious food! We also wanted the dinner to highlight our Affinity Clubs and have a bridge where students can mingle with faculty and staff,” she said.

Students can learn more about the affinity clubs and many others at this week’s Involvement Fest from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, in LeChase Commons.