Alcorn’s Active Minds stay busy during first semester

Alcorn State University’s Active Minds Chapter has made an impact on at the University with its many initiatives.

The Chapter presented a play about sexual harassment titled, “Rise Up,” in the J. D. Boyd Library Auditorium Tuesday, Nov. 1. The purpose of the program was to introduce Alcorn’s Title IX staff to the public. Chakatria Johnson, a therapist and victims advocate at the Natchez Children’s Home, served as the event’s special guest. She provided the audience with advice, life experiences and conversations about sexual abuse prevention.

“I hope what he audience witnessed will bring more awareness to this issue,” said Tiffany Smith, co-advisor of Active Minds. “This experience will definitely continue to echo in society in the future.”

The Chapter, in conjunction with the Office of Global Programs, hosted the Exploring the World As Once Multicultural event in the James L. Bolden Campus Union Building. The purpose was to promote cultural connectedness among the student body. Participants were exposed to the lives and cultures of students from diverse backgrounds through food, cultural material, and dance. More than 150 students, faculty and staff were on hand for the occasion.

Tori Smith, president of Active Minds, enjoyed the camaraderie expressed among students from different cultures.

“I loved how culturally diverse the event was and it was definitely amazing to see how we all came together from different parts of the world,” said Tori. “This was an exceptional turn out and I personally can’t wait to do it again.”

Active Minds Program Director Dr. Martha Ravola believes that programs of this sort will benefit Alcorn’s students.

“Social connectedness is important for positive social, emotional and physical wellbeing,” said Ravola. “Cultural and social integration at the university will have a positive influence on student retention.

For further information regarding Alcorn’s Active Minds Chapter, contact Torri Smith, President of Active Minds via email: [email protected] or Dr. Martha Ravola, Program Director, [email protected] or (601) 877 – 4717.

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