USC puts on its last hip-hop Wednesday of the semester.
Rodelfo Miler says events like Hip Hop Wednesday need to grow to raises cultural awarness.
Shay Malone says that the event brings much needed attention to USC's underrepresented population.
By: Anthony DeCoro
USC's Office of Multicultural Affairs brings students together in front of a DJ and some of the most popular hip-hop music. A photo of a USC student writing a racial slur in the Thomas Cooper library spurred racial tensions among students. The event hopes to combat those tensions with good sentiment and understanding.
The noon-time event promotes networking and opportunities to get involved with diversity activities on campus.
“This is our opportunity to educate students on what actually happens during Hip Hop Wednesday and what happens on our campus because this is part of our under representative students populations. This is part of their culture and this is art of their culture at USC," said Shay Malone, Director of Multicultural Affairs.
Despite negativity expressed on the anonymous communication app Yik Yak participants in the event were positive. Dancing and singing to some of the years most popular hip-hop singles.
"If we enhance the events like today, we have a lot more going on rather than we usually just have like the music. When we have events going on, it kinda enhances to that positive image and I feel like as time goes on, people will grow to accept it a little bit more,” said event participant, Rodelfo Miller.