Recently I have been so thrilled to learn about, what is in my opinion basically one of the only “real”/ down-to-earth havens on GW’s foggy bottom campus- The Multicultural Student Services Center. A place where people can just chill, a place where discussions about gender, race, politics and topics that I live for are discussed. I am not saying by ANY REGARD that I am a regular, and lets be honest, I am grad student and my days are numbered at GW. I will say that for the first time I have not felt “threatened” by the undergrads, or irritated, and I have yet to hear statements like “I only have $7000.00 in my checking account” or “the money on my GWorld [student ID card] is not real money.” WHAT????
I was also really impressed to be involved in various activities to celebrate Black History Month, from hearing Michael Eric Dyson speak, to watching an amazing entertainment with South African Dancing. The month ended with a real SPLASH (oh that is real bad ha ha!) on a Boat Cruise around the DC Harbor. . . where I couldn’t help myself but try and do a little public health outreach!
Yesterday, MPA students along with MPH students at GW who tutor at Anacostia High School were able to show some of the youth of today what college life is like at GW and show the students the ropes to prepare for college admissions. We were able to give them an array of fun from an info session about financial aid (FAFSA=love/hate) to an amazing panel discussion by undergrads at the Multicultural Student Services Center ending with a GW Men’s Basketball game. Thank you MSSC!
Please check out MSSC’s new Resource Blog. . .
and also stay in check with GW’s Black Men’s Initiative Blog. . .