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Ohio University Electronic Music Collective member spins some tunes during the event on Aug. 30

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More than 750 students attend fourth Multicultural Student Expo

For the fourth consecutive year, the Ohio University Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Black Student Union co-hosted the Multicultural Student Expo on Wednesday, Aug. 30 in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

More than 750 multicultural students attended the gathering to meet new friends, network with faculty and staff and learn more about the University's diverse academic and social group offerings.

The event featured 53 presenter tables, and attendees enjoyed music, a dance contest, free food, prizes and a Greek fraternity and sorority stroll.

Winsome Chunnu-Brayda, strategic director for diversity and inclusion and multicultural programs and initiatives, said students get a chance to learn about multicultural organizations at the annual event.

“It’s a pretty diverse group of students and I want them to know that they can join any organization they choose,” Chunnu-Brayda said. “It’s important for them to get this exposure early in the year. We’re preparing them to be global Bobcats.”

As a corporate sponsor, the Athens Walmart raffled off 12 gift cards worth a total of $500 to first-year students. The company’s representatives spoke with students interested in professional and hourly employment opportunities throughout the event.

“This is part of our ongoing effort to help out in the community,” said Athens WalmartManager Keith Adams. “Last year we were able to recruit four students for jobs at this event, and we hope to hire more than double that this year. The opportunities are endless with our company. We joke that the only career path we don’t offer is an astronaut.”

Alumna Connie Lawson Davis, a 1967 BSED degree graduate who lives in Cleveland and is a member of the Ohio University National Alumni Board, said she attended the expo to recruit students for the Ebony Bobcat Network.

The EBN was established to extend, preserve and promote the legacy of African American accomplishment. Under the guidance of the Ohio University Alumni Association, it became an official University alumni society in 2011. As of 2016, more than $134,000 dollars has been raised toward funding the Ebony Bobcat Network Endowment.

“I came out tonight to see my Bobcat babies,” Lawson Davis said. “I’m thrilled to see so many of the students came out to find out more about student organizations because there is so much here to do. When I was on campus in the 1960s, almost none of this existed. Although there are more multicultural students here now than when I attended, they still need our support.”

President of the Ohio University Black Student Union Jasmyn Pearl said the event often keeps first-year multicultural students from feeling lost on campus.

“At the larger campus involvement fairs, multicultural students can sometimes get lost because they can’t find the organizations that have people who look like them or have had similar experiences,” Pearl said. “Here they can find the connections that help them find success in their college careers.”

Kiera Fletcher, a recent OHIO alumna and current graduate student, hosted a table to promote her new business Kiss Beauty Bar, which will open in Athens at the end of September.

“My store will open up at 1 Euclid Drive, which is behind Sol Restaurant on East State Street,” Fletcher said. “The store will showcase hair products and handmade beauty supplies that I make myself, including body butters, natural lotions, face washes and hair oils. It will also showcase other similar small businesses in Ohio. I’m here tonight to spread the word.”

For the latest information, visit the Multicultural Programs website or follow them on social media @OUMulticultural.

Alpha Phi Alpha

Members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity pose in front of their information table at the Multicultural Student Expo on Aug. 30. The Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was the first African-American student organization and fraternity at Ohio University.

Alpha Psi Alpha

Reilly Zink (seated) of Alpha Psi Lambda talks to prospective members during the Multicultural Student Expo. It is the nation's first and largest co-ed Latino interest fraternity.

Nellis with alpha kappa alpha

Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis visited the Alpha Kappa Alpha table during the Multicultural Student Expo. Since its founding over a century ago, Alpha Kappa Alpha’s mission has been to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of “Service to All Mankind.”

Women's Center

Student Leigh Ferrero waits to talk to students at the Ohio University Women's Center table. The mission of the Ohio University Women's Center is to act as a catalyst to promote awareness, education, and advocacy about women, gender, and diversity, among faculty, staff and students.

chunnu and pearl

Winsome Chunnu, strategic director for diversity and inclusion and multicultural programs and initiatives (left), and Jasmyn Pearl, Black Student Union president (right), announced the winners of the 12 Athens Walmart gift cards during the Multicultural Student Expo.


Members of O.U.R.S. are actively involved in the recruitment of multicultural students to the University. Its members are an important part of the successful recruitment efforts in Ohio University Undergraduate Admissions. Membership to O.U.R.S. is open to all students.

Sigma Alpha Gamma

Sigma Lambda Gamma members perform a Greek stroll during the Multicultural Student Expo. SLG sorority is a sisterhood of women who have chosen this affiliation as a manner to achieve personal development and awareness to the responsibility of community involvement for the betterment of our local, regional, national and global communities through the efforts of a network of close to 3,000 sorority members.

Vocal Musicians singing

These students performed during the Multicultural Student Expo. They were one of many groups to perform during the evening event.

Walmart employees

Walmart managers interacted with students throughout the evening. The Athens store gave away $500 in gift cards to first-year students and recruited students for employment.

students waiting

Students file into the Baker University Center Ballroom at the start of the fourth annual Multicultural Student Expo. More than 750 students attended the event that was co-sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Black Student Union.