Being a department coordinator has been the most daunting task I have encountered at Santa Clara. Past DC’s I have looked up to made the process seem effortless and seamless, but when the torched was passed on to me I quickly realized that appearance is not reality. “How am I supposed to just come up with department events?!” was a question that crashed around in my mind as I became more nervous by the day that I would drop the torch.
But like many things in life, the anticipation is more terrifying than the actual doing. As department meetings progressed and my Program Coordinators started getting comfortable with each other, ideas started bouncing around more quickly. And since Halloween is such a prime time for cool events, I’m sure you can guess what naturally progressed: Halloween parties!
One of my PC’s, Sara Kelly (HomeSafe), nearly singlehandedly orchestrated a Halloween Party that attracted a crowd of volunteers and HomeSafe clients. HomeSafe is a permanent housing solution for women and their children fleeing domestic violence. Over the course of the evening, the kids were able to make fun crafts and go trick-or-treating in the Loyola RLC. This is one of the department’s most popular events, and with good reason. Kids are kids no matter their experiences, and they deserve to have memories where the day is all about them having fun.
It was a busy week for the Housing Security department because the department’s first (!!!) San Jose Family Shelter Halloween Party occurred the following day. I could not have pulled this off without the help of business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi’s Omega Pledge Class. And, of course, I must give enormous accolades to their service chair Andrew Elliott (freshman), without whom this event would not have come to pass. This event was really special to me personally because it signifies the beginning of what I am sure will be a fruitful relationship between SCCAP and AKPsi. One of my goals as a Department Coordinator is to cultivate the untapped potential connections that I know are lying dormant between SCCAP and Greek Life.
- Amanda Schiavone
DC of Housing Security
Picture below is of the Omega Pledge Class of Alpha Kappa Psi after cleaning up the San Jose Family Shelter Halloween Event.