MELT & M O S A I CThe Multicultural Engagement Leadership Team & Multicultural Organizations for Students Actively Inspiring Community
MULTICULTURAL ENGAGEMENT LEADERSHIP TEAM (MELT)
The Multicultural Engagement Leadership Team (MELT) at Buena Vista University serves as the executive student committee within the Office of Multicultural Engagement & Student Activities (OME & SA). MELT is comprised of Multicultural Scholars, elected leaders of student organizations MOSAIC*, and our select student staff working within the Office of Multicultural Engagement & Student Activities. This distinguished team of student leaders assists the OME & SA, by contributing in the development and execution of events organized by the OME & SA as well as collaborating with other student organizations upon request to enhance their programs and activities. Commitment and dedication are required for the team to function effectively.
Basic Qualifications – To be considered for a student leadership position within MELT, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and be able to demonstrate knowledge, skills, experiences and commitments to Inclusivity, Leadership, and Service.
MULTICULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR STUDENTS ACTIVELY INSPIRING COMMUNITY (MOSAIC)
MOSAIC serves as the umbrella organization in the Office of Multicultural Engagement & Student Activities, for all student organizations within the campus community desiring to promote inclusivity, address social justice issues, promote multicultural awareness and embrace diversity. MOSAIC provides a forum for collaboration among student organizations interested in providing education and support for efforts designed to improve the student experience for the entire campus community.
CURRENT MOSAIC ORGANIZATIONS
Asian American Pacific Islanders Alliance (AAPIA)
The purpose of this organization is to celebrate the Asian American Pacific Islander culture and to educate the campus community in an effort to promote understanding within the the Buena Vista University campus community. AAPIA's primary functions are to address stereotypes and misconceptions of Asian Americans and provide opportunities for students to embrace our culture. One of the ways AAPIA accomplishes this goal is by celebrating Asian Awareness Month.
The International Club promotes international/intercultural awareness and interaction for the students of BVU. Moreover, the International Club serves to provide international students with an opportunity to promote the customs and cultures from their home countries, as well as offer students who have participated in a study abroad program to share their knowledge and experience. The International Club sponsors events to promote cultural exchange as well as address the misconceptions and stereotypes related to foreign countries.
RAICES (Spanish for "Roots")
RAICES is a student organization designed to increase the visibility and heighten the awareness of students of Latin descent. Additionally, the focal point of RAICES is to promote diversity, while serving as a safe haven of expression of thoughts and freedom of speech. Moreover, RAICES is dedicated to dispelling the social myths of Latin Americans today.
BVU Alliance is a student-led organization that works with the university and community to raise awareness about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight Alliance issues (GLBTSA). The organization furthers its mission through ACES events, campus and community builders. BVU Alliance hosts a pride week during spring semester, which consists of entertainment and educational venues. We welcomes all members of our campus community, regardless of sexual orientation. BVU Alliance strives to help improve the quality of life for Buena Vista University students, faculty, staff and members of surrounding communities.
PREVIOUS MULTICULTURAL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
African American Student Union (AASU)
The purpose of this organization is to increase the visibility and awareness of African and African American students. AASU prides itself on developing influential cultural educational programs related to defying the myth, stereotypes, preconceived notions, and stigmas of African Americans. Specifically, we aim to address the misconceptions of African American students at Buena Vista University. Additionally, the purpose of this organization is to unite all students to commemorate the social history of African Americans.
Multicultural Club (MC)
This organization strives to promote an understanding of multicultural affairs. Specifically, MCC focuses on diversity programs that address common misconceptions of domestic and foreign subcultures. Taking this approach one step further, MCC sponsors service learning opportunities for students to strengthen their perspective on local and regional affairs.
Women of Color (WOC)
This is an organization in which women of color are encouraged to discuss issues related to student engagement and involvement on campus and in the community. Additionally, WOC focus is to develop programs that contribute to the consciousness and well being of all women on campus.
Men of Character (MOC)
Men of Character are a voluntary support group for males, boys, and men. This organization is designed to celebrate the lived experiences of men of all ages and backgrounds. As Men of Character, we are accepting the responsibility of leading our community with dignity, respect, and love for all beings. Men of Character understand the dire need of male leadership and the importance of a connected community.