Ayanna Drakos, President of the Black Student Union on campus, writes to inform us about an upcoming dance-competition-and-fundraiser:
“Next Tuesday, November 17 [in Marshall Hall, starting at 6:00 p.m.], the UPS Black Student Union will be hosting a fundraising event, Jerkin in Tacoma Showcase/Competition, benefiting the 2010 Race and Pedagogy National Conference, October 28-30, and the UPS BSU. ‘Jerkin’ is a new dance movement that has become popular with much of Tacoma’s youth, especially our Black youth. In line with the Race and Pedagogy Initiative’s work for continued collaboration of the University of Puget Sound and our South Sound community, competitors featured in the showcase are high school and middle school students from schools throughout the South Sound. The planning of the event has also been a collaborative effort among our Black Student Union, the BSU at Henry Foss High School, and the African-American Club at Mt. Tahoma High School. Furthering our Black Student Union’s partnership with our greater community, contributions for prizes for the competition have come from local Black businesses and political organizations. This fundraiser will serve to honor the artistic expression of our youth, as well as introduce many of Tacoma’s high school and middle school students to a college setting, fostering their interest in and accessibility to a higher education.”
Thanks to Ayanna for sending along the news, and we’ll see you at the event that evening. Tickets are available at the Information Center.