The Associated Students (AS) logo is everywhere, and AS hosts plenty of events each year for our students, but who are they really, and what do they do for our campus?
November 16, 2016
San Diego Mesa College’s third annual Thanksgiving Feast – organized by the Mesa College H.O.S.T. program and the Associated Students – will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room MC 211 A/B.
Victoria Miller, Dean of Student Affairs, said that the faculty, staff and administrators at Mesa always want “students to feel valued and appreciated,” and that the Thanksgiving Feast is just one way that they help to accomplish this goal throughout the year.
“At Mesa, we pride ourselves in ‘community,’ and building relationships with our students – what better way is there than our own students doing this for students,” said Victoria Miller, Dean of Student Affairs. “It’s important because we do recognize that not everybody is able to go away for the Thanksgiving break, and we also recognize that not everybody knows where their food for the evening is going to come from.”
Describing it as a “warm, family event,” Miller hopes that students won’t just stop by to eat and leave, but she encourages everyone to engage in conversation and feel like they’re a part of holiday.
This free kickoff of the holiday season was created as a way to make students feel welcome on campus – especially those that are homeless, food insecure, don’t have holiday plans or are international/out-of-state students and cannot travel home for Thanksgiving.
Paid for by the AS, the event will offer ham, turkey and vegetarian meals for any student on campus who wishes to participate. There will be entertainment provided during the feast, as well as games for attendees to participate in.
H.O.S.T., which stands for Hope Offered to Students in Transition, is an entity of the AS that has organized this event every year since 2014. Originally started as a way to help students in need, the other main purpose of the event is to foster a sense of community and family on campus.
AS President Ava Fakhrabadi said that MC 211 A/B will be festively decorated for the event and that it provides an opportunity to socialize with other students.
“It’s an opportunity for students to have a home here at Mesa, especially for students who don’t get a Thanksgiving feast,” Fakhrabadi said. “We allocate quite a bit of money for it because we think it’s a really important event.”
In addition to the meal, games and entertainment, there will also be an opportunity drawing where students can win gift cards for local restaurants and supermarkets, donated in large part by faculty and staff on campus.
For more information or to donate a gift card or money toward a gift card for the opportunity drawing, contact Victoria Miller via phone at (619) 388-2699 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer Nichols Kearns
Director of Communications
Dean of Student Affairs