To conclude Diverse Identities Week, the Black Student Union (BSU) hosted a cookout on the upper quad open to all members of the community to celebrate the diversity of Whittier College. The cookout took place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and served hot links in buns, fish tacos, rice and beans, lemonade, and Kool-Aid. Approximately 75 people attended the event and enjoyed the food and music.
Among the many people in attendance was President Sharon Herzberger, who was invited to the event by President of BSU fourth-year Esther Hills. “I wanted to stop by, say hello, and wish everyone well,” said President Herzberger.
President Herzberger said that Diverse Identities Week was an important opportunity for the community to celebrate one another. “People learn from each other and learn about each other’s identities … that is what Whittier is all about,” she said.
BSU hoped to share their background with the community through sharing a meal together. “Our diverse identities are what makes us such a great school. We have people coming from all different perspectives and backgrounds and that diversity makes campus great,” Hills.
Fourth-year and Vice President of BSU Kamron Perry felt that the event was an opportunity for others to learn. “I think it is important to share in our own cultures and educate each other and enjoy it. Sit around, teach each other and come together,” said Perry.
Second-year Analis Hetter attended the event and was grateful that she did. “I enjoyed coming to the BSU cookout because it was open to all students and allowed us to enjoy a meal to bring people together to learn about the diversity the campus has to offer,” said Hetter.
BSU was happy with the turnout of the event and was glad so many students attended. “[The event] turned out really nice. It’s really bringing a lot of people together, having great conversations,” said Perry. Hills was grateful for the many people in attendance. “We’re really glad people want to come out and support us,” said Hills.
BSU has many events planned for the rest of the semester. They are hosting a health and wellness day where they will talk about topics that the black community faces, such as skin cancer, black hair, and mental health. They will also be hosting an Afro-futurism talk that will be presented by Lecturer of Anthropology Teresa Delfin, which will discuss the movie Black Panther. The club will also be celebrating graduation with the BSU Grad Ceremony which will take place on May 17 at 5 p.m. in the Campus Courtyard.
BSU meets every Friday at 7 p.m. and always welcomes new members. “We’re so happy our final year here [as fourth-years] has been a really successful and productive year,” said Hills.