MSO presents annual Diversity Sunday

November 09, 2018

The Trine University Multicultural Student Organization presented its annual Diversity Sunday on Oct. 28 at the First Congregational Church in Angola.

The presentation included speeches by several students regarding their personal experiences with diversity as well as what the term “diversity” means to them. The students also explored the value of inclusion and how MSO has altered their perceptions about the world.

The event began with “You Raise Me Up,” sung by Gumi Kim, a professional opera singer from South Korea who is studying at Trine this semester, and was followed by speeches from five Trine students.

Student speakers included:

  • Alexis Koshenina, a junior from Remington, Indiana, who presented “Starfish”;
  • Nikolaos Rivera, a junior from Fort Wayne, Indiana, majoring in exercise science, presenting “Diversity of Thought”;
  • Chinazam Okoroafor, a freshman from Nigeria majoring in chemical engineering,  presenting “The Power of Diversity and Inclusion”;
  • Upasana Shrestha, a freshman from Nepal majoring in biomedical engineering,  presenting “What Diversity Means to Me”; and
  • Yancy Paola Hansford Bejarano, a sophomore from Mexico majoring in management, who presented “The Impact of Diversity & MSO in My Life.”

For more information about next year’s Diversity Sunday, contact Deborah McHenry, director of student success and retention at Trine University, at (260) 665-4509 or

Diversity Sunday
Front, from left, Miyuki Tsuchia, from Japan; Deborah McHenry, director of student success and retention, holding Leina McHenry; middle, Cleveland Goddard, from the Bahamas; Yancy Paola Hansford Bejarano, from Mexico; Mara Wetter, from Indianapolis; Alexis Koshenina, from Remington, Indiana; Upasana Shrestha, from Nepal; Isabell Odambo, from Kenya; Kelsie Kimbrough, from Indianapolis; Chinazam Okoroafor, from Nigeria; back, Mya Phyo Aung, from Myanmar; Nikolaos Rivera, from Fort Wayne, Indiana; Elena Ong, from Malaysia; Xiaoling Liao, from China; Pauline Odambo, from Kenya; and Gumi Kim, from South Korea.
Diversity Sunday
Upasana Shrestha, a Trine University freshman from Nepal, speaks at the First Congregational Church in Angola for Diversity Sunday.
Diversity Sunday
Gumi Kim sings "You Raise Me Up" during Diversity Sunday.

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