DAAP volunteers Briana and Adriana Scott assist students during the Faculty Mixer held at LAC’s Nordic Lounge on Thursday, May 18.

Story and Photos by Danny Rivera

The Development of Afro-American Professionals organization hosted its bi-annual Faculty Mixer in LAC’s Nordic Lounge on Thursday, May 18.

Participants had opportunities for one-on-one conversations with representatives from LBCC’s Transfer Center, Admission and Records and Counseling departments.

The goal, says DAAP President Imani Onyia, was to offer students an opportunity “to interact with the employees and see the services offered to them.”

“Our main mission was to connect students with some of the employees so they know that they’re not just behind their desks and behind email addresses,” Onyia said. “But also, we wanted to give students an opportunity to just socialize with employees, to eat and hang out.”

The mixer also helped shed light on the benefits club participation offers. Quinton Henderson, 25, a music major and Marine veteran, talked about his experience joining DAAP when he started at LBCC after moving from Virginia.

“DAAP gave me an almost instant family feeling,” Henderson said. “It gave me a purpose and support when I moved here, like I didn’t have to be alone.”

(Left to right) Professor Melvin Cobb, Dean of Language and Communication Studies Lee Douglas, Counselor Elijah Sims and Dean of Student Affairs Ramon Knox in attendance for DAAP’s Faculty Mixer on Thursday, May 18 at LAC’s Nordic Lounge.

Dean of Language Arts and Communication Studies Lee Douglas said events like the mixer allow for increased engagement from students in both their social and academic lives and that increased promotion from LBCC and student organizations would benefit both.

“I am a real big believer in student development and leadership,” Douglas said. “If there’s anything we can do to inform and support students, we should try it.”

DAAP will also sponsor its 3rd annual symposium and leadership conference in T-1200 on Friday, May 26. The free event for LBCC students will discuss the rebirth of the Black Wall Street, a prominent African-American neighborhood in Tulsa, Okla. that was destroyed by race riots in 1921. Networking and career development workshops will also be available throughout the day.