WHO ARE WE?
Caribbean Students Council is a student led organization on UMBCs campus with the primary goal of educating the UMBC community on the beautiful and diverse cultures that can be found throughout the Caribbean. We aim to do this through exposure to modern and traditional dance, food, music, and activities showcased at our events during the semesters. As an organization, we strive to not only provide a “home away from home” for the Caribbean population on campus but also to accept all students who wish to be included with the intention of truly fostering a family environment. Our hope is to unite the UMBC community through a shared appreciation and admiration for Caribbean people and their cultures!
For years, Caribbean Students Council has held it's annual end of Spring semester celebration paying homage to the popular J'ouvert festival that is observed in many Caribbean islands as a part of Carnival. J’ouvert, loosely translated to “daybreak”, is a celebration of life and togetherness expressed through dance and the enjoyment of primarily calypso and soca music. In addition, throughout the festival, participants cover each other in paint, colored powder, and water in the spirit of Carnival. J’ouvert is deemed essential to many Caribbean cultures as it signifies the beginning of Carnival festivities. We intend on continuing the tradition of holding J’ouvert on UMBC’s campus for all students to experience and appreciate!
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Many UMBC students, not only regular members of Caribbean Students Council, look forward to this event from the beginning of the Spring Semester. For most, this is the only time they will be given a chance to participate in this type of festival so we do our best to make the experience as wonderful as possible. We hope to inspire students who come to not only want to attend other authentic Carnival celebrations held in the Caribbean and throughout the Caribbean diaspora but also to dive deeper into the culture and peoples from which these festivals were born.
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?
Lighting & Sound Systems: $1100
Paint, Powder & Misc: $950
UMBC Fees: $1,350
Food & Drink: $600
Facebook: UMBC Caribbean Students Council
We’ll keep you updated on our progress throughout the semester. Thank you, in advance, for your gracious support!
All funds raised are administered by the UMBC Foundation for the benefit of UMBC.