This week for we sat down with our FAB friends from University of Leicester to see what their ACS is all about. Join us while we talk about achievements, culture and future ambitions.……
FAB: What is the driving force behind your organization?
Leicester: The driving force behind Leicester ACS is the achievement of our aims. We have established aims and goals within us and always putting these in mind, helps us in everything that we do.
FAB: Why do you think it is important for your organization to be African ambassadors on your campus?
Leicester: The University of Leicester has many societies and student groups. Leicester city as a whole is one that is culturally diverse and we believe that being in an African-Caribbean Society on campus is vital not just to those that are of African/Caribbean descent but also to everyone that is generally interested in our cultures and events. It is important that we are seen as the ambassadors on campus because we represent people that are rich in culture and from our activities, we know this shows people our positive image.
FAB: What kind of events do you organize? What is the biggest event of the year and why?
Leicester: We organise a lot of educational, cultural and social events in Leicester. Also, we organise events with other African-Caribbean Societies in the UK, as we all have similar views. The biggest Leicester ACS event of the year is the ACS BALL. It is an event that is held at the end of the school year in June. This event carries so much weight because it is the final ACS event of the year, it marks the official handover of the ACS Committee, and it is a big formal event. All guns are pulled out for this event and as far as we know, it must be a success.
FAB: When was your organization started, and what was the motivation for the creation?
Leicester: We aren’t exactly sure about when the organisation started. However, there are records of our existence in the University from 2009. The main motive of creation would probably stem from the drive to create a society that represents our diverse cultural heritage.
FAB: Do you think your organization is FAB? What is unique about your organization?
Leicester: A really unique thing about Leicester ACS is the fact that we are truly diverse. Our members are from various cultural backgrounds. We believe we have a substantial number of people that are from different African/Caribbean backgrounds and this is something we are very proud of. Different people, various cultures, so many fun activities…that is FAB.
FAB: What does your ACS/ASA hope to achieve?
Leicester: Leicester ACS hopes to create brand by educating, empowering and inspiring people. We also want and maintain a strong sense of society for our members to enjoy. Our ACS has three main aims. To educate our members of the rich culture, history and heritage that originates from Africa and the Caribbean. To empower our members to fulfil their potential, by using this knowledge of heritage and culture to catapult them into a new realm of success and carry the torch so that they may become a part of this rich history and also entertain our members through this process.
FAB: What are some of the positive and negative (if any) outcomes/perceptions of being actively involved in your ACS/ASA?
Leicester: The positive perceptions of being actively involved in the ACS are that it shows members and others that African and Caribbean culture is something that is worth dedication and devotion. A possible negative perception is that we are actively contributing to segregation in the university and the local community, which stems from the false notion that ACS is only for ‘black’ people. The ACS this year wishes to dispel this rumour and make it public knowledge that the ACS welcomes all people from all walks of life.
FAB: What would you say to those who believe ACS is just about partying?
Leicester: I would say that partying is only a sub-category under the arm of entertainment that the ACS provides; ACS is a society that takes on a vast array of activities from museum trips, to inspirational speakers to career-enhancing events. ACS is much more than just partying.
FAB: Do you think being a part of your ACS/ASA will contribute to your career aspirations? Are there any examples of former members/officers that prove this?
Leicester: Yes. The wide range of abilities I have developed just in three months of being actively involved in the ACS has developed skills and competences that are sought after by prospective employers.
FAB: Do you feel the African/black population in your University is well represented? How has this affected the organization?
Leicester: The African and Caribbean population in LeicesterUniversity, on a rough estimate, makes up between 5-10% of the total University population. Therefore, it is our ACS’ job to raise awareness of African and Caribbean culture within the University.