So, is Longwood University very culturally involved? The straight and honest answer to that is no. But, the university does try. Longwood often focuses its time and efforts on anything but diversity and the arts, but lately they have been putting more effort into it. With the ever-longing pressure from students on campus to improve the cultural awareness and bring more campaigns, speakers, and art events, the university may one day hear the answer to that question be a firm yes. Until then, here are some of the efforts you will see the university DOES DO in order to bring culture and art to the their campus.
International Student Day: International Student Day is a day where international students get to display their culture to the university. It is really cool for students to be able to see the other cultures of the students that they walk buy everyday. This day gets international students involved on Longwood’s campus, and gives them an opportunity to bring their culture to the United States.
Speaker Series: Speaker series are put on by the university often. Whether it is a Lancer Productions event or another speaker brought by other clubs and organizations, these speakers offer inspirational and different outlooks for students. They often tackle topics such as culture and diversity, something much needed at Longwood.
Open mic night: Open mic nights happen on Main Street every Thursday night at Uptown Cafe. This cool coffee and sandwich shop is packed for open mic night, as people all around Farmville, Virginia come to enjoy free diverse genres of live performed music. Not only does it bring the arts to the town and the university, but it is also a great time!
Student Plays/Musicals: Student plays through the Theater Department bring the art of the theater to Longwood. They host several plays and musicals a year, that are mostly ran by students. They are consistently impressive and are typically sold out again and again. These plays/musicals tackle cultural problems, express emotion, and give the university a traditional, yet unique way to view the arts.
NPHC Fraternities and Sororities: This group of people brings diversity and cultural awareness to the university and its student population constantly. They host cultural-focused events such as speakers and gatherings. They also are some of the university’s biggest advocates for diversity.
Campaigns: Recently different clubs and organizations have been releasing campaigns that target the diversity and culture problem that Longwood has needed to address for a long time. One that stood out to the campus, was the “Is your costume offensive?” campaign. This was launched by the Diversity Committee of the Student Government Association, and brought awareness to students about how to make their Halloween costumes non-offensive.
The Rotunda: The Rotunda is the newspaper on Longwood’s campus. It has an Arts & Entertainment section for students, faculty, staff, and locals to read and be informed about local, national, and international arts and entertainment news. Along with the newspaper, other clubs and organtiization do different things to bring students awareness of cultural events and issues.