BY QUIAIRA TERRELL-WHITE
Staff Writer

The Development of Afro -American Professionals (DAAP) organization sponsored a potluck in celebration of its first meeting of the semester on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
DAAP, a student-run club, organized the meeting in M204 on the LAC. The gathering began with music and mingling of attendees. President Zainab Williams began the meeting with the DAAP State of Address.
“DAAP is academic, social and utilizing resources on campus,” Williams said. “We have a symposium every semester to cultivate leadership within the community.”
Williams also highlighted the growing membership of DAAP.
“Our meetings can get pretty big,” Williams said. “We can get up to 40 students in our meetings.”
The meeting featured a photo montage of past DAAP events, as well as pictures from Join-A-Club Day which was at the LAC on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Vice President Kierra Colone spoke to the group about club membership, including their upcoming Plan Up event.
Plan Up is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 30 and provides an academic counselor, a financial aid adviser and EOPS and CalWORKs advisers. The club members who attend the meeting can ask any adviser present anything the attendees want to know.
Williams encouraged all students to seek academic counseling at least once a semester.
“Counseling is a big deal,” Williams said. “It is fundamental to making sure you’re taking the right classes.”
Colone said, “Bring in your transcripts. Come ask questions. DAAP is a resource for students.”
During the meeting, the room became so full that no chairs were empty and the men offered their seats to any woman standing.
Colone then broke the meeting up into groups for a mock scavenger hunt in which the winning group would eat first.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the group moved to the Main Quad and shared a potluck of salad and snacks, including a vegan option.
DAAP meetings and resources are not limited to current LBCC students. Prospective, past and non-members can attend meetings and even request to be sent minutes to meetings they miss.
Meetings will be Wednesdays from 3:15-4:30 p.m., however, the organization is in the process of relocating the meetings to another room, as it has outgrown its current location. For more information, people may contact Williams at zainabincharge@yahoo.com or attend a weekly meeting.