Get to know the MSAP ASAP

The Multicultural Student Activities Programs office and what they do

By Axel Marcenaro
On September 13, 2019

Photo by Axel Marcenaro: Emily Banda, student programs and activities
coordinator, speaks to passersby about upcoming MSAP activities.

The Multicultural Student Activities Programs office is a crucial part of ASU, but not many students know who or what they do.

For starters, the office doesn't have just one focus, but five. The MSAP handles Greek Life, registered student organizations, multicultural affairs, the Ram Pantry and homecoming.

Homecoming, RSOs and Greek Life are all well understood. However, while multicultural affairs and the Ram Pantry receive less of a spotlight, they are just as important for students.

The goal of multicultural affairs is to help students understand and appreciate the diversity on campus. They host a variety of programs that highlight the different dimensions of students, which are organized by month. This month's event is the Hispanic Heritage Celebration.

Emily Banda, student programs and activities coordinator, said they want to highlight the diversity within the Hispanic culture itself.

"Hispanic culture isn't just Mexicans," Banda said. "It's Cubans, it's Puerto Ricans, it's Dominicans. It's so colorful and so rich."

Other events taking place this semester will include the LGBTQ+ Celebration in October and Native American Heritage Month in November.

The MSAP also hosts the Ram Pantry. Its purpose is to eliminate food insecurities and help students in need of hygiene products. The pantry offers non-perishable food items and toiletries free of charge.

"We want to make sure that, aside from academically, they have the personal resources available to succeed." Banda said.

This service is available to any currently enrolled students who are facing financial difficulty. The Ram Pantry distributes products Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In all its facets, this organization hopes to cater to the needs of students.

Banda said the MSAP always welcomes student input and, to get involved, suggests joining student organizations and becoming a member of the Student Committee, who they directly consult with.

However, if a student has a simple suggestion, opinion or concern, one could just stop by the office to voice their thoughts.

"Each year, we get new students that come in and we want to give every student the opportunity to interact with our staff, or student staff, and get a picture of what we all do," Banda said.

The MSAP office is located in Room 114 of the Houston Harte University Center.

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