Most Outstanding Cultural Program - Viet Week: Lafayette By Night
Describe the cultural program and how it meets the mission and goals of the organization. Details MUST include: Date of event, number of participants, program purpose (i.e. goals and objectives), member involvement, use of resources, and marketing techniques.
Viet Week is a traditional event that VSOUL puts on. The event is a week long event that emphasizes and spreads the Vietnamese culture on and off campus that happened from September 25th, 2017 - September 29th, 2017. The monday of Viet Week we had a food sale of fried rice, egg rolls, and thai tea. This was a very successful event that we had sold out within 2 and a half hours of set up. The Tuesday, we had Chopstick Day where we were able to teach people how to use chopsticks as well as selling out and giving chopsticks. Wednesday was a Give Back Night at Grub Burger. A simple event that helped us raise funds and also to allow our members and e-board to rest and prepare for our two larger events of Viet Week. Thursday, our Spring Roll Night, was a major hit amongst our members and non-members. The event was $3 all you can eat spring rolls for members and $5 for non-members. Friday, our last event for Viet Week was what we called Lafayette by Night. This event showcased the Vietnamese culture through a variety of performances of singing, dancing, and dragon dance. With this event we also had outside VSA performances from UNOVASA, LSUVSA, and TUVA. Then ending Lafayette by Night, we had Vietnamese food prepared after the performance for the audience to try and taste Vietnam. Throughout the week we had many member involvement. Because it is a week long event, we had many members who stepped up and helped out where they could- from performances, time, and showing up. Different techniques were used to promote this event such as contacting organizations to spread the word, our Office of International to send emails, as well as promoting on social media and on campus through flyers.
How did this cultural program serve the campus and/or community?
Using this program, we were able to inform many of the university’s students about several aspects of Vietnamese culture. They would be able to taste some Vietnamese food all while contributing to our CPP, learn how to use chopsticks, make their own spring rolls, and to witness a diverse talent show with many unique performances. This event allowed us to promote our CPP, raise fund for said CPP, and spread Vietnamese culture.
How did the organization overcome any challenges that arose while planning and implementing the cultural program/event?
One of our issues was figuring out where, when, and how we would do some of these events. Chopstick day was difficult because we were not able to acquire the usual location, so we had to make use of our quad, which made it much harder to promote our week. The next issue was finding a location for and preparing our spring roll night. We managed to find a place to hold our event, but on the day of the event, we had less ingredients than we needed. To overcome this issue, some of our officers left to get more, and we made use of what we had.
Lafayette by Night Performances
Recap Video of Viet Week