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Unity Makes Strength

November 07, 2018

Hope for Haiti Organizing Committee

Students from the Lasell College Honors Program and the Multicultural Student Union collaborated on the institution's first  "Hope for Haiti" celebration and fundraiser, which raised money and awareness for the Lambi Fund.

Brittney Bullard '19 served as lead event planner, and sought to embrace Lasell's mission of social responsibility by addressing "educational needs in Haiti." She led efforts to design and organize the event, and worked with a marketing team comprised of classmates Evelyn King '21, Abbey Coughlan '19, and Emmanuella Jean-Louis '21 to promote and advertise their efforts.

"This event has allowed me to take what I've learned in my major - international business - out of the classroom and apply it to a greater cause," said Coughlan.

King was eager to spread awareness of Haiti's culture and "give appreciation to [its] beauty" amid negative press and other narratives of the country.

Though the process of putting on the event was challenging, Bullard found it enjoyable and a great way to put the College's Connected Learning philosophy into action. She also worked directly with the Lambi Fund, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that "supports microcredit entrepreneurship among Haiti's women and sustainable development strategies designed by local communities."

"Haitians are remarkable and live by a motto, 'L' Union Fait La Force,' which means 'Unity Makes Strength,'" said Bullard. "It is crucial as global citizens that we do our part in assisting the people of Haiti, who overcome adversities and remain unbreakable."

The event took place on Sunday, October 28 in De Witt Hall, and hosted more than 150 guests for a Haitian fashion show, regional cuisine, musicians, and more to celebrate the Caribbean nation. Bullard's team was assisted by volunteers from the College's Honors Program, along with Honors Program Director Stephanie Athey and students in an "Honors 101" course.