Meramec hosts second Diversi-tea event
By: Missy Arneson
On Jan. 19, members of the Meramec Campus Life organization hosted the campus’s second ever Diversi-tea event, which focuses on bringing a vast and differing student body together into one community.
The event was held in the front of the Student Center, and offered students free mugs, tea and cookies as well as the opportunity to share their ideas on how to achieve unity by writing on posters on the wall.
“[The name] is a play on diversity,” student Madoyan Kanneh said.
This is Kanneh’s second year working with Campus Life.
Kanneh emphasized that the Meramec student body is made up of people from many different walks of life, as shown by Meramec’s multitude of diverse clubs such as the Muslim Student Association and the LGBT club.
“It [the event] is about bringing people together,” Kanneh said.
Phillip Campbell, a faculty member who works for Campus Life, agreed.
“The goal is to promote student voice,” Campbell said.
According to Campbell, who has been working for Campus life at Meramec for about a year and a half, Welcome Week has only gotten better and better.
“We’ve enhanced it,” Campbell said.
“[We’ve added] more events.” Several students had ideas on how Meramec could better bring its diverse student body together into one community.
“Don’t be so straight [and narrow],” student Jaclyn Parra said.
“… be open minded.” Others left their agreement on the posters, with such messages as “listen to people who are different from you.” “It’s a matter of not judging people; it’s not your life,” student Aia Obeed said.
“As long as they’re not hurting anyone, it’s none of your business.”