Spring 2022 Virtual Involvement Fair Flyer. Photo/Braveconnect

By: Ester Sanchez, Web Editor

The involvement fair is a way for students to learn about clubs and organizations at UNCP. This year’s spring involvement fair was held virtually due to COVID-19.

UNCP has over 110 recognized student organizations. Participating in the fair held each year gives you information about the different organizations and what they do on campus. Out of many groups, you can find something that’ll interest you. Getting involved connects you with new people and new ideas.

Every organization has its own goal and purpose. By meeting new people, you can make new friends and have fun. Getting involved can also help you professionally by building your resume, networking and developing leadership skills.

The Office of Campus Engagement and Leadership can connect you with organizations that share your passion and help you grow as a leader at UNCP.

Organización de la Lengua Española (OLÉ) is an organization with the purpose of educating students about Hispanic culture. You don’t need to be Hispanic to join, anyone interested in learning about Hispanic culture is welcome to join. This organization is very ethnically diverse.

Learning to cook meals from different Latin countries is something they do often. They help the community by translating for people that don’t know English.

During the pandemic, they help get their COVID shot and help the patient understand everything being said to them. They also get guest speakers to come to talk to the school.

They brought Diane Guerrero an actress in “Orange is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin.” She talked about her experience of having her family deported and her book advocating immigration reform.

This year they plan to bring a new speaker that works under the governor. Getting involved with OLÉ can allow you to learn about new cultures and help the surrounding community.

The Association of University Women at UNCP goal is to advance gender equality and open doors for women’s career advancement. They want to encourage women to pursue getting a higher education.

We Care for Feminine Hygiene, Slut Walk and Women’s Empowerment Night are some of the events they’ve held in the past. For this semester they plan to hold events for Black History Month and Women’s History Month, as well as working with the CARE Resource Center for We Care for Feminine Hygiene. They meet Wednesdays at 4p.m., you can contact them on Instagram @uncp_aauw. Although this organization is meant to help women, any gender is welcome to join.

Lead Fellows aims at identifying, highlighting and empowering the leadership in a student. On Feb. 12 they will be holding an Inspire Conference. To join you need to apply. Applications will be coming out in the Spring. You can contact them on Instagram @uncpleadfellows.

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship is a multi-ethnic and cultural organization. They come together to encourage others to have a connection with Jesus. They meet every Thursday at 7p.m. in Oak Hall for Bible study. Anyone is welcome to join.

Acto Latino is an organization that shows Hispanic culture through theatre. They take current events happening to the Hispanic community and act them out.

The acting is in Spanish, so knowing Spanish is recommended but anyone trying to practice their Spanish can join as well. Their last performance was during the fall festival, once COVID is not as bad, they’ll have meetings again and perform.

SGA is meant to protect the students’ rights and interests. Students can go to meetings and voice their concerns and advocate their opinions. Going to the board allows for change to happen because it shows the administration credibility in the issue. You can find the board’s contact information on the UNCP website. They hold public meetings every Wednesday at 5:15p.m. in the Dial building. The SGA helps close the bridge between administration and students.

The virtual fair didn’t have as many attendees compared to when it was held in person. Several groups didn’t get more than five people. This is because people are less likely to go to an event online because it’s not the same as going out and interacting with people.