Music Therapy Student Association and Black Student Union Collaborate to Help Local Elementary Students in Need

In recent times, the focus on conversations around diversity and inclusion have been particularly important, especially on college campuses. Students and organizations across the nation have begun to collaborate in an attempt to educate one another and learn together on these crucial topics.

Here at Duquesne, the Music Therapy Student Association (MTSA) and Black Student Union (BSU) have worked together to do just that.  

On Monday, March 1, the MTSA and BSU joined forces to host a Make Your Own Instruments Night in the Student Union Nitespot where several students came together to create instruments for local students in need. 

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"It was a lot of fun creating the instruments and getting to know each other. Everyone got along really well and it went smoothly, given everything going on with the pandemic," said Lindsey Harris, the BSU's assistant vice president for engagement. 

The instruments created during the event--including drums, tambourines and egg shakers--will be donated to students at the Jubilee Christian School, a small private elementary school located in Mount Lebanon. 

Not only did the event benefit these students, but it also created an opportunity for open dialogue between the MTSA and the BSU regarding diversity and inclusion on campus and within the music therapy field.  

"There has been a lot of talk in the Music Therapy program of our desires to become more inclusive and to better understand diversity, equity and inclusion within our field," said Alicia Marcinko, president of the MTSA.  

Furthermore, Harris explained, "There is a lot to build off of what music can do for the Black community and minority communities all together."  

Through collaborating with one another and having the necessary conversations around diversity--particularly in relation to music therapy--the MTSA and BSU have paved the way for a more open discussion regarding these issues, both on campus and more broadly, while making a meaningful contribution to help kids in need.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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