Involvement Fair connects students to campus

Madison Smith, junior accounting major, represents the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at the Involvement Fair on Wednesday in Sneaky Park. The fair gave students a chance to learn about clubs and organizations from a variety of areas around campus. / photo by Nareg Agopian
Madison Smith, junior accounting major, represents the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at the Involvement Fair on Wednesday in Sneaky Park. The fair gave students a chance to learn about clubs and organizations from a variety of areas around campus. / photo by Nareg Agopian

Angel Isioma Oparah
Staff Writer

The University of La Verne Involvement Fair took place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in Sneaky Park. 

With more than 60 organizations and clubs in attendance, the event, hosted by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership, featured booths from academic clubs, cultural organizations, community service groups and more.

“The event happens every semester and it brings together student organizations and departments, allowing them to offer their services and involvement opportunities for all students,” Cindy Vallejo-Victoria, director of student engagement and leadership, said. 

The fair’s theme was centered around TV shows from the ’80s till now. 

Some of the organizations at the event included the International Student Association, the LGBTQ+ Collation and the Muslim Student Organization.

The lively atmosphere and variety of booths drew crowds of students eager to get involved. Music was played while students connected and learned about different clubs.

Students attending the event also had the opportunity to enter a raffle and win prizes like hats, bags, and care essentials. There were games that students and faculty could participate in. 

“It’s really cool to see all the groups and activities we have, and if you are a freshman you get to find where you fit in,”  Christian Salazar, junior business administration major, said.

Destiny Tenor, a freshman political science major, said attending the fair made her realize how much there is to do and get involved in at La Verne.

During this year’s Fair, the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership offered incentives for students who participated using stamp cards. 

The stamp cards were a fun way to get students to check out groups they might have not noticed. 

The incentive included free food from Poutine Brothers and Hot Dog on a Stick. 

“Joining a club is one of the most important parts of the college experience,” junior psychology major Aaron Vasquez, said. 

Many organizers were thrilled with the high level of engagement at the fair. 

“The energy was great,” Vasquez said. “Students were excited discovering new interests and making connections.”

Angel Isioma Oparah can be reached at angel.oparah@laverne.edu

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