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Mount Community Night Combats Racial Injustice

Attendees enjoyed a fun-filled event in support of a worthy cause

May 6, 2021

The Student Activities Council and Student Government Association joined forces for the first time to host this year’s Mount Community Night on March 26.

Proceeds from the virtual fundraiser will benefit the National Urban League, a civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment, equality and social justice for African Americans and others in underserved neighborhoods.

“Given the circumstances our country is in right now concerning racial inequality and racial tension, we decided that it was appropriate and worthwhile to choose the National Urban League,” said Andrea Cortave, SAC’s executive administrative vice-chair. “We hope that we’re not only empowering the community but educating people so that they realize how important it is to minimize injustice.” 

Two student organizations joined forces to conduct a fun event, with proceeds going to the National Urban League.
Two student organizations joined forces to conduct a fun event, with proceeds going to the National Urban League.

The event gave voice to the League’s mission and featured guest speaker Kimberly Nao, PhD, assistant professor and the Fritz B. Burns Endowed Chair of Education at Mount Saint Mary’s.

“I am glad we were able to come together as a Mount community to continue our efforts in promoting an anti-racist campus and supporting all communities of color,” said Helen Umana, SGA president.

Students, families and staff purchased and donated items through an Amazon registry for six themed gift baskets that were raffled off during the event. Amber Figueroa, executive vice president of the SGA won a basket, as did Jayleen Ramos, an SAC member. Umana said that the event raised more than $1,000 between ticket sales and bidding for raffle prizes. 

“What I believe makes Mount Community Night successful is everyone’s support and contributions,” said Lizette Gonzalez, SAC’s executive vice chair. “Thanks to everyone who supported and contributed to Mount Community Night, we were able to reach our goal.”