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NAACP holds third annual “If you really knew SHSU”

Staff Reporter

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013 01:01

The Sam Houston State University chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is hosting their third annual “If You Really Knew SHSU” event tonight and have invited all students to take part.

Gieselle Walker, the event coordinator for the program, detailed that the program would be comprised of icebreakers, small group sessions, raffles and a final group event that are designed to bring students together despite differences between them.

“If You Really Knew SHSU was designed to encourage students to meet other students on campus on a more intimate level,” Walker said. “We want people to share details about themselves that would normally not be shared since it allows us to open our eyes to others’ experiences.”

The event has been hailed as a rousing success in the past and has won the SAMMY award for Best Multicultural Organization on campus. Ashton Winfree, president of the Talented Tenth and the 2012 Homecoming King, urged all students to attend so they can reap the benefits of what this program could teach them.

“I have attended ‘If You Knew SHSU’ twice, and I know students should come,” Winfree said. “Students attending are going to experience diversity on wider scale than is possible on everyday campus life. Someone you see in the mall every day could be at this event and could end up being a lasting friendship.”

Lexus Baguette, a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and an attendee of the event for two years in high school, also wanted to emphasize just how influential participating could be as far as finding a fellow student to relate to.

“From this experience you can meet someone who has been in a similar situation with similar problems who can help you with what you’re struggling with,” Baguette said. “Finding a friend that you can share your experiences with is very important in life, and I believe attending ‘If You Knew SHSU’ gives students the opportunity to make those kind of relationships easier than meeting randomly.”

“If You Knew SHSU” will be held in the LSC Ballroom tonight and will have the doors open at 5:30 p.m. The program will start at 6 p.m. and will last for approximately two hours. Students are invited to attend and are welcome to bring non-students.


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