By Queen Nkwain
As the warmer weather and end of the school year are approaching several of the organizations at Towson University, National Council for Negro Women (NCNW) for example, are hosting cultural cookouts.
Alexis Alexander is going to be the new president of the National Council for Negro Women. She is currently a junior who has been serving on the NCNW board and ran for president this semester, as the old president is soon graduating. Putting this cookout together has been one of her biggest tasks as a member of the organization so far .
“We made sure that performers that we chose were diverse in background. They needed to show different cultures in order to go with the theme and name of the event which happens to be cookout for the culture,” said Alexis Alexander, 20, the President of Towson’s section of the National Council of Negro Women.
One of the main reasons for having this cookout was to create an open space where people from various backgrounds and cultures could come together and have a good time. “Although the name of the organization sounds limiting I wanted everyone to feel included and welcomed if they were considering joining. And even if they were not considering it before, I wanted to appeal to them in a way that they would be left with such a good impression that they would have to at least consider it,” said Alexis Alexander.
The performances included some of the Greeks on campus. For example the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, a hip hop dance group, a spoken word poet from Loyola University and others performed at the cookout. ” Diversity is a key part of any good standing organization and event,” said Alexis Alexander.
Being able to bring people together is something Alexis feels a good president should be able to do. “One of my biggest motivations for this cookout was the diverse group of people that I see around Towson University everyday. I wanted us to create an inclusive atmosphere ending this semester so we could start off next semester strong or at least off to a good start,” said Alexis Alexander. She then went on to say why it was important to her. “Although putting together this cookout was not an easy task, I had to as President because I now have to carry on the great name of this organization,” said Alexis Alexander.
As fun as it is to go to a cookout for food and socialization, it is also an exposure to different people and cultures.