Today was a rainy April day, but so joyous in every other way. After a fun night at Spring Fest last night (in which the band the Deleted Scenes performed), the Cultural & Community Engagement Banquet was tonight!
I’ve been involved with CCE in a multitude of different ways. I participated this year in Early Transition Program (ETP), a program designed to make the transition process for underrepresented students a little smoother [http://www.hollins.edu/newstudents/firstyear/orientation_etp.shtml]. ETP has been such a lovely community to be a part of this year! From the very first days of orientation, it’s provided me with a family to fall back on whenever I needed it.
Through CCE, I’ve also been involved with Face2Face, a leadership series that deals with tackling social & cultural taboos associated with diversity [http://www1.hollins.edu/Docs/Intercultural/Face2Face.html]. The series allowed for open, honest discussions about diversity. I have participated in S.H.A.R.E. volunteer projects, such as Day of Service and Feeding America [http://www1.hollins.edu/Docs/Intercultural/SHARE.html]. I have participated in a Safe Haven workshop [http://www1.hollins.edu/Docs/Intercultural/SafeHaven.html].
Most recently, I went on the Jamaica Service Project trip, which I made an entire blog post about.
Until today, I hadn’t realized what a huge impact the CCE community has had on my time thus far at Hollins. It was wonderful to reflect on the year surrounded by friends.
By the end of the evening, we were all shedding tears of joy about over the wonderful experiences we’ve had through CCE.
I’m definitely feeling the weight of the imminent graduation of the seniors I’ve become very close with thanks to programs like ETP and the Jamaica Service Project. Even though I am heartbroken to see them go, I feel so thankful that I’ve had this year to make such wonderful, lifelong connections.
We were all definitely feeling the strength of the Hollins sisterhood tonight.