A night of music, culture, food and education was celebrated on Friday as the Creighton University African-American Student Association hosted their annual Soul Food dinner.
The event is put on to help students become more cultured and aware of the minority presence on campus, said Heider College of Business junior and CUASA President Naomi Hawkins.
“The goal of the event is for CUASA students to learn more about our culture for ourselves and teach our audience about it since the majority of the population on campus isn’t a minority group,” said Hawkins.
The event featured a dinner including fried chicken, salad, mac and cheese, collard greens, mashed potatoes and gravy and cornbread.
The headcount for the event was around 185.
“I’m proud of us,” said Hawkins. “It’s a time to embrace and celebrate who we are.”
Besides the catered meal, the Soul Food dinner featured guest speakers like Eric Ewing, executive director of the Great Plains Black History Museum, CUASA’s moderator Errik Ejike and Rese Wynn, a College of Arts and Sciences junior who performed spoken word and slam poetry.
Wynn’s slam poetry was the favorite part of the night for one guest.
“I’m a big fan of slam poetry and spoken word,” said College of Arts and Sciences senior, Moné Moore. “I think poetry art forms can say a lot in a few key words and it’s really insightful about what’s going on in the future and the past.”
The event is scheduled in the midst of Black History Month and has a special meaning for some students.
“I’m biracial and also adopted as well. I was educated on Black History Month, but I didn’t have the same exposure as someone raised in the black community,” said College of Nursing junior, Amy Stouffer. “It’s nice to see this event within the Creighton community and I get to learn more about my culture.”
“I really liked how it brought different groups of people together,” said Stouffer. “Students from CUASA, people in the Omaha community, professors and students all came.”
For students interested in getting involved in CUASA, Moore suggested a few options for students.
“Come to one of our meetings! They are from Monday 7-8 p.m.,” she said. “Instagram, Twitter and SLIC emails are a great way to stay connected too!”