Multicultural Alliance Field Day at Lock Haven welcomes students from all Commonwealth University locations to campus



Nearly 250 Commonwealth University (CU) students from Lock Haven, Clearfield, Mansfield and Bloomsburg gathered at the Lock Haven location for a Multicultural Alliance Field Day event in September.

The event included lawn games, inflatable games, food trucks, giveaways and raffles as well as an opportunity to connect with fellow students across all CU locations. Student Jaimie Rodriquez Vega, DEI graduate assistant, spoke to attendees and Albert Jones, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer provided a welcome.

“The multicultural field day was an event focused on building unity and strengthening the sense of belonging for all students across the Commonwealth University campus locations,” Jones said. “To see such a diverse makeup of students attending from all four locations speaks to the positive community building that is taking place at Commonwealth University.”

The event was hosted by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Lock Haven Multicultural Center and Lock Haven student organizations including the Black Student Union, Multicultural Advisory Activities Council, Latino Student Association, Sophisticated Ladies and Distinguished Gentlemen.

“We really wanted students from all the campuses to meet each other, engage with one another, and truly be able to connect and network,” said Mia Swales, assistant director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Multicultural Center director. “We want the students to be able to collaborate as well as program together to truly join as sisters and brothers. We are so much stronger together.”

“It’s heartening to see our students coming together and enjoying one another’s company across all Commonwealth University locations,” said Bashar W. Hanna, Commonwealth University president. “Student success rests at the core of our mission, and providing events for students to learn from one another and engage in community building activities that foster a sense of belonging and inclusion is a central piece of that success and speaks to the unique opportunities available at Commonwealth University.”