CPAB hosts annual Ice Breaker Weekend Block Party
ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Music and cheering could be heard from down the halls of Trabant, where a near-palpable energy filled the large multipurpose room on Saturday afternoon. Students came out for entertainment, food and a sense of community at the annual Ice Breaker Weekend Block Party, hosted by the Cultural Programming Advisory Board (CPAB).
The event featured performances from the UD Gospel Choir, games and a showcase of registered student organizations (RSO), including multicultural Greek life and the Black Student Union.
As part of the Center for Black Culture, CPAB plans culturally enriching events and programs for the campus, including the well-known spring concert.
Teaunah Moulden, a senior cognitive science major, is the secretary for CPAB. The organization seeks to foster an atmosphere of inclusion and community.
“It’s not hidden that [the university] is a primarily white institution, so it’s definitely good to have events like this to let those who are of a different community, minority students in particular, know that we are here, we have events for you to feel welcomed,” Moulden says.
In her experience, initiatives like the Block Party have been successful in reaching that goal.
“I know a lot of the students here have said they love the events CPAB holds,” Moulden says. “We always make them feel welcome.”
A variety of other RSOs had information tables for interested students to learn about more opportunities. One of these was Sisters On the Move, which their RSO constitution states, through programming and service, seeks to empower women of color and inspire “growth by laying the foundation for the next generation of women leaders.” Last year, the group organized the Women’s Panel, which won last year’s YouDee award for Outstanding RSO Educational Program.
Chandler Madison, a senior elementary education major and the president of Sisters on the Move, enjoyed the Block Party. Though the organization focuses primarily on minority students, Madison explained how events like this are a great way to bring together everyone at the university regardless of background.
“Before I got here, there were some organizations that I didn’t know about. I got to meet new people by going to things like this,” she says.
“It’s not just for the black community at UD or minority communities, it’s for everyone.”
Sisters of Lambda Theta Alpha performed a “salute,” a spoken word and movement tradition and a “stroll,” also known as a “party-walk” or synchronized dance line.
Senior Vanessa Hatton, a psychology and Africana studies double major, is the president of the Mu Pi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, another sorority participating in Saturday’s event.
Delta Sigma Theta operates with a “Five-Point Programmatic Thrust” around which to center events: economic and educational development, international and political awareness and involvement and physical and mental health. Prior events have included “Understanding the Unfamiliar,” a series of interactive lectures about topics such as refugee resettlement.
Hatton found the Block Party to be a great way to raise awareness about the many opportunities for students to meet people and get involved.
“I think it’s good exposure, for people to understand what we do here on campus. We’re not just social organizations, we don’t just party; we do work and do community service all the time,” she says.
Through that service and involvement within the larger community, Hatton has found a smaller community of her own.
“For me personally, it has been a lot of personal growth, you learn a lot of leadership through interacting with the people in the organization and you definitely gain the sisterhood, seeing everyone perform and how hard they worked to get these performances to look good for this,” she says.