Taste Fair: Usually held during lunch time or after school where VOICE members prepare a buffet of traditional dishes from a particular nation or group of nationals (i.e. Caribbean, Central, and South American Latino cultures, African cultures, etc.). Suggestions: VOICE members do the serving so you don’t run out of food too quickly!) You might charge a nominal price (i.e. $3 for 2 items, $5 for 4 items), which could be a chance for fundraising, but is usually used to help reimburse and offset personal expenses incurred in food preparation and supplies. Alternatively this could be held as a themed potluck!
Multicultural Holiday Dinner (December): A potluck style dinner in December where students cook and bring foods that represent their cultural heritage. Share what the holiday season looks, tastes and smells like in your own homes!
Black Heritage Film Festival (February): Have VOICE members vote on film selections, or select films within the executive board, and advertise for an evening film festival. The Wisconsin chapter provided microwave popcorn and pop as well. (Suggestion: reserve two rooms and show two films simultaneously so people have a choice. Some past films that have been shown are: Ray, Rize, Hotel Rwanda, 500 Years Later (a documentary about the legacy of colonialism throughout Africa), Something the Lord Made (starring Mos Def, a story of how a black man and a white man together revolutionized heart surgery), The Great Debaters, Dreamgirls, The Wood, Our Family Wedding, and Beloved).
Student Presentations: Give your classmates the opportunity to present their international veterinary experiences with a 5-10 minute PowerPoint during a VOICE meeting.
Ice Cream Social: Contact your local ice cream parlor and order a few tubs of ice cream and dairy alternatives. Grab some toppings and utensils and you’re all set! This is great for a beginning of the year event to attract members OR as an end of the year event to celebrate the great year your chapter had.
Kiss the ___ Fundraiser: Have the student body nominate faculty members to kiss a teaching animal and the weeks leading up to the event, advertise and have donation buckets with the faculty members’ names on them. Person(s) with the highest donation total has to kiss the animal (usually a cow).
Dance Night (Salsa, Hip Hop, etc.): Rent out a university space or use a room at school, hire a DJ and dance instructor, and have lessons! Check around at your school…if you reserve early enough in advance, you can often reserve spaces at no cost.
Native American Heritage Month Speaker (November): This is a suggestion from the Cornell University chapter. They had a professor from the Cornell American Indian Studies department come speak on the topic of “Animals in the Native View,” as a dinner lecture. The event was highly attended by students interested in culture in general, as well as those participating in RAVS trips, which are often on Native American reservations. They’ve also had students with a background in American Indian Studies do informal presentations on certain Native American cultures in the past.
Diversity Speaker: Chapters should try and have at least one speaker come and speak on the topic of diversity in veterinary medicine during the fall or spring semester. A suggestion is to team up with another club or school department to help with the funding. Please see “Resources” for speaker suggestions.
International Professor Guest Lectures: Ask international interns, residents or professors at your school to give a talk about Veterinary Medicine and cultures in their home country, and opportunities for students to work there. This can also be arranged as a panel.
Monthly Ethnic Dinners: Car pool or meet at a different ethnic restaurant each month to experience the local diversity around your campus while socializing with fellow VOICE members. Guests pay for their own meals (bring cash!).
Spelling Bee: Snag a Saunders Veterinary Dictionary and write down words/parts of speech/definitions that would great for a student body spelling bee. Have your most outgoing faculty members play host and the winner gets a prize! Did someone say Erysipelothrix?
Co-Hosting: Collaborate with another campus organization (graduate or undergraduate) and put together an event that features a little of what both groups represent. It’s a great opportunity to interact with various student clubs and learn from each other. VOICE embraces diversity in all its forms and there’s no better way to encourage that then co-hosting events. Remember two heads are better than one!