OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s 28th annual ALANA Student Leadership Conference multicultural celebration Sept. 18-24 will feature performances, presenters, a peace walk through the city of Oswego and a mini-carnival highlighting festivals from across the globe.
A collaboration of student organizations under the banner African, Latino, Asian and Native American organization, the ALANA team this year chose “Carnivals and Festivals” as a theme to celebrate all cultures, whether minority or not.
“From different types of dances to programs that address racial issues, ALANA gives students an opportunity to give a piece of themselves to the rest of the campus through many platforms,” said Dominic Rivera, president of the Black Student Union.
Events this year will include the popular ALANA Fashion Show on Sept. 20 and, on Sept. 21, the fourth annual Unity Peace Walk and a Mini-Carnivals and Festivals event, highlighting celebrations of Brazil, China, Cuba, Jamaica, Korea and South Africa.
“ALANA the multicultural organization allows students to enhance their leadership skills and educates them on cultures beyond their own,” said Maggie Rivera, student involvement coordinator at the Point. “All of this planning comes from the students; I just put the pieces together.”
Array of events
ALANA’s wide variety of events starts off with “Collections of Expressions,” an open mic event for students, faculty and staff to recite cultural poetry, readings, music and dance at 6:30 p.m. Sept 18 in the Marano Campus Center auditorium. The event’s emcee, performer and author Elizabeth Acevedo, will perform spoken-word poetry, as she has on BET, at Lincoln Center and at other well-known venues.
The fashion show will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 in Hewitt Union ballroom, featuring the music of SUNY Oswego alumnus DJ Tumbo. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Marano Campus Center box office, online at tickets.oswego.edu or by calling 315-312-3073.
The Unity Peace Walk will leave City Hall on West Oneida Street in Oswego at 3 p.m. Sept. 21, and make its way to the Marano Campus Center food and activity court.
It will call attention to human rights issues of the past and today, such as last month’s fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
Designed to bring students together from all walks of live and showcase diversity within the Oswego community, the event’s goal is to educate and to build lasting relationships on and off campus, organizers said.
ALANA organizations — including the African Student Organization, Asian Student Association, Black Student Union, Caribbean Student Association, Latino Student Union and Oswego Gospel Choir — will celebrate carnivals and festivals from across the globe at 4 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Marano Campus Center food and activity court.
At 3:15 p.m. Sept. 22 in Room 114 of the Marano Campus Center, a key presentation among the week’s educational opportunities will take place: Alumni on a panel moderated by David Moody of the communication studies faculty will discuss their leadership involvement on campus and how it helped them develop their current careers.
SUNY Oswego’s Artswego Performing Arts Series will present virtuoso Cuban drummer and composer Dafnis Prieto and his Si o Si Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, in Hewitt Union ballroom. Tickets priced at $15 ($5 for SUNY Oswego students) are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu or by calling 315-312-2141.
The ALANA Student Leadership Conference was founded 28 years ago with the help of Tyrone Holmes, the former assistant director of Hewitt Union and Howard Gordon, current executive assistant to the college president.
For more information, visit oswego.edu/alana