The Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center (BAIC) hosted its annual welcoming barbecue on Thursday, Aug. 31, on the McGuinn Lawn.
The event was a hit, with many students of color, especially freshmen, coming to eat, meet each other, and learn about some culture groups on campus.
BAIC also invited the Boston-headquartered energy corporation, General Electric, which co-sponsored the event. Students with a mind for the business field had the chance to meet with AHANA representatives from GE, sign up for a general interest meeting with the GE team, and also learn more about potential internship and job offers. Because the business field is historically dominated by white men, having an AHANA representative from a Fortune 500 Company reach out to students of color serves to mitigate fears and offer important opportunities.
Furthermore, culture groups such as OLAA (Organization of Latin-American Affairs) appeared at the event to promote their organizations. It is important to note that culture groups do not only accept students of whatever groups they represent, but anyone culturally interested.
If you missed the great food and camaraderie of the barbecue today, BAIC will host many more events throughout the rest of the school year. The Caribbean Culture Club Trip, the AHANA Leadership Council Retreat, and the Heritage Boat Cruise, among others, are typically popular BAIC events that take place every year, so be on the lookout for those and more.