Bright colors, loud beats
Senior Ayesha Tappin is the first generation in her family to be born in the U.S. since her parents emigrated from Guyana in 1989. But Tappin keeps strong ties to her Caribbean roots.
Tappin joined the Caribbean Student Association (CSA) her freshman year after her RA, who is of Jamaican heritage, recommended that she join. Tappin has since worked with the club to offer a cultural group for those of Caribbean descent, as well as anyone interested.
“We want to expose this culture to the rest of the campus,” Tappin, now president of CSA, said. “If you are from a Caribbean country, then you would know exactly where to go.”
The CSA held its spring event, a Caribbean expo called Carnival (stylized CARNIVAL!!!), April 5. The event included singing, rapping, dancing and modeling. The event’s atmosphere was similar to that of a Caribbean island, including the sounds of a traditional steel pan band. Every spring semester, the expo celebrates Caribbean culture and welcomes all ethnicities and backgrounds to get involved. The CSA asks various cultural groups and CSAs at other schools to participate as well.
In addition to holding events like Carnival, the CSA also has weekly meetings, where games are played with a Caribbean spin on it, like Caribbean jeopardy. The goal is to teach members about countries that aren’t as well known.
“With only about 30 members, we are like a small family,” Tappin said. “We are a fun and exciting live group. It’s a great way to meet new people and be yourself.”