Multicultural sorority recruits members

Derek Harrison/Daily Evergreen

Alpha Nu recruitment events included speed dating, cookie decorating and presentations.

By Kaitlin Gillespie

As a part of its mission to “embrace diversity and promote cultural unity,” multicultural sorority Alpha Nu (AN) hosted recruitment events Tuesday through Thursday this week.

According to its RSO website, AN was founded in 2008 to fill the need for a sorority that welcomed women of all nationalities.

President of AN and senior comparative ethnic studies major Leida Meza said, as the first multicultural sorority, the group strives to embrace diversity and promote multiculturalism on campus. “We want to empower women from different backgrounds to achieve their goals and aspirations in terms of education,” she said. “We don’t put a mold or anything on what a person is.” The first night of recruitment featured a game night, the second involved cookie decorating and the third was a speed dating event, where participants introduced themselves more personally to the group. Each night ended with a presentation on Alpha Nu and its missions.

Freshman human development major Ivon Garcia said she attended the recruitment to see what the sorority could offer to help better her experience at WSU.

“I think we’re going to get a family from this,” she said. “You get to bond with all these girls … and then from that you get different experiences from the community service.” Vice President Bianca Garza, a senior agribusiness economics and management major, said the group is deeply rooted in community service, and that it also works with other organizations.

“We like to be very diverse in getting together with other organizations and getting to know more about them so they can know more about us,” she said. “It just brings in the multiculturalism and the diversity among the organizations.” Freshman neuroscience major Norma Mejia said she was first attracted to the sorority because of its multicultural focus, and she hopes to develop lifelong friends through participating.

“They’re girls that have maybe gone through the same stuff you have,” she said. “And I think they’ll provide a great support system while you’re here at WSU.” AN will be hosting its annual “Dance for a Cure” to support the American Cancer Society (ACS) Feb. 26. The event is free and open to all. AN will also sell ribbons, bracelets and water bottles to raise funds for the ACS.

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