By Andres Torres
The Muslim Student Association hosted its annual Global Event Awareness Day during U-Hour on Thursday.
MSA strived to create a straightforward way to educate the masses of CPP, allotting a few hours of its day to present a variety of countries’ issues, which ranged from corruption, starvation and apartheid. The event’s purpose was to foster awareness for the different problems that others face in third world countries.
According to second-year civil engineering student and MSA Vice President Shatha Altawarah, Nishat Anzum was the delegated “amira,” or chosen princess, to work as the director of this MSA event.
Anzum, a third-year electrical engineering student, was responsible for collecting the educational content presented to students in a timeframe of less than two weeks. By assigning presenters among her executive board and encouraging other clubs to provide guest speakers, she was able to assemble the event.
“The whole purpose of the event is to encourage awareness and to also provide an easy, fun way to educate the campus on [global] issues,” said Anzum.
Global Event Awareness Day was the first campus-wide event Anzum has presented, and she was determined to make the most of the presentation. Calling upon the 50 active members of MSA, she executed the event and attracted students from other clubs to the presentations.
The event consisted of trifold posters, all of which displayed various countries such as: Kurdistan, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Mindanao among others. The posters focused on the different issues each country faces today and miscellaneous facts. The information presented gave attendees an insight on the lives of the citizens from different countries.
With a budget of $100, MSA members pushed to fulfill the purpose of their presentations through the use of raffles and games to encourage student participation.
Nonetheless, MSA faced challenges in meeting all its goals for the event. The weather created a problem halfway through the event, as winds constantly knocked over posters, which made it difficult for attendees to finish reading all presentations.
“I feel like we could always improve, but we learn from our mistakes, and we apply it later on,” said Altawarah.
Altawarah said that next time MSA would take necessary precautions during future outdoor events.
With multiple events occurring during U-Hour and low event-advertisement, the educational presentation was not able to create the kind of impact MSA was hoping for. Its only form of advertisement was through social media, and the majority of the attendees heard about the event through word of mouth, according to various attendees like fourth-year philosophy student Christina Gonzalez.
Although the turn out was smaller than expected, the estimated 50-60 attendees who participated were pleased and expressed their interest in future events, according to Anzum. Students enjoyed the presentations and learned about global issues.
“I think this is important, and not enough people are here. I am disappointed,” said Keyana Holland, a sixth-year international business student.
With some attendees hoping for a similar event next year, Anzum expressed her desire to have MSA collaborate with other clubs and grow the event.
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