By: Cassidy Martenson
Titan Productions celebrated campus diversity with a sweet treat. Diversity Cupcakes gave community members the opportunity to decorate a cupcake and celebrate their unique qualities. The event was hosted in Fireside rooms A and B on March 17 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“This was an opportunity for the IU South Bend community to be creative and build a cupcake around who they are and their uniqueness,” Eric Yankosky, Diversity Cupcakes event leader, said.
While Titan Production hopes that students feel included at all campus events, this was an opportunity to display campus diversity.
After decorating their cupcakes, attendees were able to share their sweet creations on social media. The hashtag #IUniqueSB was used to share images of the cupcakes on various social media platforms. On Instagram, the hashtag was used by individual students and organizations like the IUSB Queer Straight Alliance.
Diversity Cupcakes has been an annual event for Titan Productions.
“In years past, Diversity Cupcakes has been an event that has helped others learn about diverse backgrounds in several different ways and also helped individuals have a safe space to express who they are,” Jacob Zell, resident assistance, said.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, individuals were not invited to present their personal stories at the event. However, attendees were able to talk with each other and share stories while maintaining social distancing.
The lack of in-person classes made it difficult to estimate attendance, but 60 people came to the event to celebrate their uniqueness.
“We received a significant amount of positivity from the event yesterday from the students, faculty, and staff!” Yankosky said.
All extra cupcakes were delivered to housing for students who could not attend the event. Titan Productions is hoping for an even bigger turn-out next year when classes return.