Muliticultural sorority celebrates anniversary

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April 30, 2012

Sisters of Georgia College’s first and only multicultural sorority chapter, Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority Inc. (MSU), share cake with students, faculty and staff at the campus fountain this month to celebrate their one-year anniversary.

“Our common goal is to increase diversity on our campus and educate about the many cultures that exist in the world,” said President Shirain Banner, a sophomore criminal justice and psychology major. “This past year we have accomplished a lot of great things.”

The nine-member organization represents ethnic groups ranging from Irish, Turkish and Mexican to Jamaican, Dominican and African-American descent.

Sophomore exercise science major Karen Paz joined MSU because it constantly observes multiculturalism and female empowerment.

“I come from an upbringing where women are made to feel inferior,” said Paz, who was born in Mexico and raised in Dalton, Ga. “It is important to me to break that cycle and empower myself through my academics and career goals. I want to set an example for my younger sisters.”

During MSU’s first year, the chapter started its annual Boétia Scholarship to help Baldwin County High School girls pay for college. The chapter also hosted political, cultural and women’s events to educate the local and campus community about diversity issues.

MSU established during 1981 at Rutgers University in New Jersey. It is the nation’s first multicultural Greek letter organization, bringing together women from all backgrounds and cultures.

Georgia College’s chapter is an extension of the national organization, connecting female students from across the globe on campus.

Under the guidance of faculty adviser Valerie Aranda, the university chapter plans to broaden its reach and visibility across campus and in the community through community service projects.

“MSU supports inclusiveness while helping members develop leadership and organizational skills,” said Aranda, Georgia College associate professor of art. “This organization not only talks about inclusiveness and the importance of cultural and ethnic diversity but acts on it.”

To learn more about MSU call 478-445-2431.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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