Student-led affinity groups including the Latin American Student Organization, Black Leadership Awareness and Culture Club, Gender and Sexuality Awareness Club and La Femme hosted a multicultural brunch to foster unity Monday at the Feldman Gallery.
“This is just about coming together,” Upper School Dean and event co-organizer Celso Cardenas said. “There could be times when individuals feel disenfranchised or as though they may not be fully integrated into the community, so we wanted to have a safe space where we’re able to share good food, good conversation and have a nice little break from the day. ”
Originally, the brunch was supposed to be Latino specific and run by LASO, but given recent political events, the organizers decided to shift its focus to unity between all groups, Cardenas said.
“It’s important now, especially given the political climate where there is such a rhetoric of division and a rhetoric of exclusion,” La Femme member Liz Yount ’17 said. “We need to make sure that as a community we have events where we can all come together, celebrate each other’s cultures and take part in something that’s greater than what we may hear in the political world.”
Students brought food representing their culture to share in a potluck.
“I’m both hispanic and black, so I came to represent my culture,” Nya Beckham ’19 said. “I think it’s really important to support something that you’re a part of and it’s really fun to get all the minorities together.”