The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) at the University of Oklahoma has selected CASP as it’s 2014-2015 Philanthropy!
MGC is an umbrella organization for 10 multicultural fraternity and sorority organizations at OU. Established in 2006, MGC is comprised of Greek organizations that represent American Indian interest, Asian interest, Latino interest, and Multicultural interest groups.
According to Jenny Nuñez, MGC’s current president, MGC serves two basic purposes. First, it provides a way for multicultural Greek organizations to participate in fraternity and sorority life on a grander scale than they would be able to do without a council. Second, MGC promotes multicultural awareness on OU’s campus and in the Norman community. Each MGC fraternity and sorority serves the community through their individual philanthropies. Through this service, MGC brings unity and diversity in a way that other, more mainstream organizations may not be able to do.
When Nuñez started her role as MGC president, she wanted to find a way for MGC to gain even more internal unity through an MGC-wide philanthropy. While there were plenty of nation-wide interests to become involved with, MGC felt that it would be important to serve a local community organization so that MGC members could feel and experience the impact of service.
MGC members were encouraged to nominate local causes, and through a series of votes, CASP was chosen as MGC’s 2014-2015 local philanthropy! Nuñez states that she feels that MGC members felt connected to CASP because it serves children from diverse backgrounds and it has an emphasis on education.
MGC first planned a small-scale event in the Spring of 2014 for MGC to become more acquainted with CASP. MGC members met with CASP staff to learn more about CASP. Nuñez says that this event was important because it helped make the mission and vision of CASP more of a reality for MGC members.
The second event that MGC held was a two part event. First, during the week of September 15-19, MGC held a book drive on OU’s campus to benefit CASP. Together they raised more than 300 books!
Secondly, MGC hosted an event on Thursday, September 25th, called Fall into Fall at Wilson Elementary, where CASP hosts one of it’s After School Sites. MGC wanted the event to help students experience how literacy can be part of the fun and games of everyday life. MGC facilitated a spelling bee, literacy relays, crafts, face painting and more. There was also a book walk where students won books collected during MGC’s book drive. Additionally, there was a “stroll corner” where MGC members taught elementary students dances and steps from some of their organizations’ dance routines.
Learn more about MGC HERE
See the fun that MGC and students at Wilson Elementary had at Fall into Fall!