By Emily Lohec | Staff Writer
Today marks the annual Mosaic Mixer, a conglomerate event held for multicultural organizations to spread the word about what their groups do, their events for the semester and the various ways they are involved on campus.
Rachel Bay, a graduate apprentice for Multicultural Affairs, helped coordinate the event and said that the evening provides unique opportunities for Baylor students to learn more about a variety of campus organizations.
“I think it’s exciting for students to get back to campus, see their friends and have a night of fun on campus,” Bay said. “All students have the opportunity to benefit from the event; they get to learn about various student organizations, see departmental partners, watch a showcase and eat free food.”
Bay sees the evening as not only a beneficial experience for students to become affiliated with the multicultural groups on campus, but as a chance to connect with other students as well. Students will also hear from involved members of different organizations during the evening through a bit of friendly competition—-the annual Mosaic Mixer Showcase.
“The showcase is an opportunity for organizations to showcase their talent. All student groups get to choose what their performance includes, and they are competing for bragging rights and a huge trophy— over five feet tall,” Bay said.
Bay explains that the night should be full of positive energy from all organizations.
“Everyone seems passionate about sharing their organization or department—many students come out to support the showcase,” Bay said.
Many students who have attended Mosaic Mixer have found organizations in which they have become active members of. Monroe, La., senior Allison Payne attended Mosaic Mixer when she was a freshman and has found that it had a positive effect on her Baylor experience. She has been back every year since.
“I’ve known of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated ever since I was a child,” Payne said. “My mother and several other members of my family are members of the organization as well.”
Payne describes Mosaic Mixer to be a unique night in which diverse organizations come together as a first step in representing and including all students from different backgrounds.
“Being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated has instilled in me the values of sisterhood, scholarship and being of service to all mankind,” Payne said. “I love my sisters and am so proud to be a part of the impact our organization has on our community and the world.”
The first 500 students will receive free food at Mosaic Mixer, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the showcase at 7 p.m. To learn more about Mosaic Mixer or different multicultural organizations on campus, visit the Baylor website.