ASC Diversity Club celebrates first year


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Brazilian Capoeira Dancer Deollo Johnson

Food from around the world including mutton stew, gazpacho, Caribbean jerk chicken, Indian chicken curry, southern grits, chicos and beans added flavor at the Adams State College Diversity Club international potluck, held in November during International Education Week.

The club, celebrating its first anniversary this spring, dedicates itself to serving students from all ethnicities and backgrounds. Club President, Rachel Raguindin, senior chemistry major originally from Guam, said club and community members reminiscing about their cultural food became a driving force in organizing the potluck.

Oneyda Maestas, club advisor and Adams State program coordinator for Student Engagement and Success, suggested collaborating with community members. "Three ladies from the community really took charge, Jolene Bullington, Maria Seesz, and Pilar MacWilliams," Maestas said. Mary Hoffman, executive director of ASC Community Partnerships, and Dr. Anicia Alvarez, assistant professor of Teacher Education, were also key players.

Over 200 participated in the event. "We had a diversity of dishes, and great entertainment," Raguindin said. Semillas de la Tierra and the Adams State Salsa Performance Team performed. The feature entertainer, Brazilian Capoeira Dancer Deollo Johnson, held workshops during the day and performed at the dinner.

"I enjoyed tasting all the different dishes," Raguindin said. "The best part was watching the faces of community members, students, children; faculty and staff enjoy and embrace the ambiance of the International Cuisine Potluck."

Diversity Club active members represent countries from Tibet, Ghana, Guam, Philippines, Mexico, Spain, the US, and Navajo Nations. Members helped organize and plan Hispanic Heritage Month and attended the PBS Community Film, "Reel Indian" in Saguache in October 2010.

Raguindin believes the Diversity Club is important to the campus. "Diversity should be preserved in all institutions, because it promotes an ethnic, racial, and cultural environment without boundaries." Coming up, the club is planning a Fat Tuesday Carnival with other Adams State organizations.