Texas Wesleyan University has a large non-traditional student population to go with their diverse traditional student population.
African-American students make up 13 percent of the total population at Wesleyan while Hispanic students make up 15 percent of the population; the two highest ranking below the 47 percent of Caucasian students.
With such a large minority population, The Rambler believes the celebration and recognition of these ethnic groups should be more than it is now.
For this year’s celebration of Black History Month, February, Wesleyan has not hosted any events to recognize African-American heritage.
In comparison to other colleges in this area, we feel Wesleyan lacked in coverage as well.
Texas Christian University held a tribute to Soul Train that was hosted by their local Omega Psi Phi chapter. They also read Black Like Me by Howard Griffin for their book club, and created a video blog in honor of music that has been inspired by the African-American culture.
Tarrant County College hosted a black history month celebration in which Willy T. Ribbs, professional race car driver, spoke about his experiences, and hosted a Black History Month book display Feb. 1-March 1.
Considering the fact there was just a budget cut here at Wesleyan, asking for an extensive event or multiple events would be senseless.
However, hosting several small seminars, perhaps even student run, would allow African-America students to teach their piers about their own ancestry.
Similar to the Dating Violence Awareness seminars that recently took place on campus, Black History Month seminars should have the same opportunity.
This concept is one that has the potential to bring the student body together for the purpose of celebrating culture. In the same sense, Mexican-American students should have the opportunity to share their ancestry in September, Mexican History Month. The same should be appropriate for any other cultural holidays.
After Googling and searching through Wesleyan’s website, the only recognition found was a press release from March 1, 2005 highlighting the Texas Wesleyan School of Law. This piece was a promotion for Texas’ first black female lawyer, Charlye O Farris.
As Wesleyan students, we would want to be able to send an employer or even family member to Wesleyan’s website and have evidence of work students have done. We would also like to show off the diversity of our campus and cultural and political awareness the school encourages.
By allowing students to teach their own seminars on heritage, Wesleyan could also reach out to potential Wesleyan students and show them what the school is about and the opportunities is holds.
Our campus population is diverse. We should embrace that diversity and celebrate it, especially when the nation has set aside the month of February to do so.