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D9 organizations host a coloring event

Solé Scott – Features Editor

Imagine stepping in someone else’s shoes for a day to see what they go through on a daily basis.  

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. And Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. joined forces for an event they created called If I Could Walk in Your Shoes on Thursday, Nov. 30, in the Adanti Student Center, room 309. 

Communication disorders major Jailene Brito, a sophomore, attended the event after seeing it advertised on Owl Connect. 

“Support my fellow classmates and come out and draw and color with my friends,” Brito said. 

According to OwlConnect, “if I could walk in your shoes” is an activity that helps create insight on how others relate. 

The line was out the door as students packed inside the small room. The event lasted from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

After entering the room, students were met with music and an array of shoe drawings and colored papers that they could choose from to display their type of shoe. 

The two organizations catered to China Wok or the event. Shrimp lo mien, white rice, pork, fried rice, egg rolls, broccoli, and sweet-and-sour chicken were served. 

Anthropology and social work major Arielle Mclntosh, a junior, attended the event in solidarity with her friends. 

“I came out to the event to support my friends that were putting on the event and for the food and vibes,” Mclntosh said. 

After choosing a shoe design, students were able to creatively color and design their chosen shoe. 

After coloring, you could cut out your shoe and glue it onto a colored paper of your choosing. 

On the back of the paper, students were encouraged to write some things they would want everyone to know about them. Whether it is an interest or a personal story. 

“My definition of walking in someone’s shoes is to take a step back and look at it from a different perspective,” Mclntosh said.  

Social work major Thiommy Carballo Garcia, a junior, went to the event with a friend. 

“I think the activity was very beneficial, it allowed students to bring conversation to topics that are often avoided by society,” Garcia said. 

Healthcare Studies major Mahogany Young, a sophomore, enjoyed the event. 

“The event was really good, and I felt like it was a great opportunity to learn about putting yourself in someone else’s shoes,” Young said. 

The incorporation of a variety of shoes such as Converse, Jordans, boots and heels highlighted the different shoes, each person walks in for their journey. 

At the end of the event, those that attended were able to take their home, and reflect on the activity. 

“We are all diverse we come from different backgrounds, which makes certain experiences unique,” Mclntosh said. 

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