Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated
Día de los Muertos Ball
The focus of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated is not only to support all women on a college campus but to integrate the organization into the social, political, and community service arena that other students had been involved with.
Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a traditional holiday celebrated in Mexico that commemorates the lives of those who have passed. An authentic Mexican dinner was served while a speaker discussed the traditions and history of Día de los Muertos. Following dinner was live Mariachi music, and a ballet folklorico group. Participants had the freedom to learn more about Mexican culture by observing altars created by the groups own members in remembrance of their family members. A letter writing station was also set up for participants to write words of kindness and encouragement to children facing border and immigration issues (sent through the “They Are Children” campaign). Check them out on Maize Pages!
Michigan Performance Outreach Workshop (MPOW)
MPOW Workshop Field trip
The Michigan Performance Outreach Workshop is a student organization at the University of Michigan dedicated to sharing the positive powers of the performing arts to empower youth in Detroit. This event invited 150-180 elementary school students from Detroit Public Schools for a day of arts immersion workshops. All workshops are produced and performed b U-M students including jazz quartets, tap and hip-hop dancing, Disney impressions, and puppetry. Other workshops include filmmaking, Afro-Caribbean drumming, improv, and a cappella singing. All students debrief their day with U-M student facilitators. Check them out on Maize Pages!
Prison Creative Arts Project
Being LGBTQ in the Criminal Justice System: A Panel Discussion
Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) is a volunteer organization composed almost entirely of University of Michigan undergraduate and graduate students. Their mission is to collaborate with incarcerated adults, incarcerated youth, and underserved youth to strengthen community through creative expression. As a part of the U-M MLK Symposium, PCAP brought 5 panelists to share and discuss the intersecting issues pertaining to being LGBTQ within the criminal justice system including: gender and sexual fluidity; STD stigma and health policy; gender and sexuality based phobias; and other subjects. Check out their website!
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated
Black on Wax
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority’s aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development and education of youth are the hallmarks of the organization’s programs and activities. Black on Wax is a program that was created to educate young people about prominent black figures in history. The event consists of people who volunteer to play the parts of prominent black figures and act as them in the museum. All of the participants walk around the museum and tap on each actor/actress and to learn more about that figure and how they were significant in the past. Check them out on Maize Pages!