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The Launch

by Office of Marketing | Nov 05, 2014
The Launch
The University of Valley Forge (UVF) is comprised of a diverse student body. Students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities are drawn to UVF for its enriching academic programs and spiritual atmosphere. With a growing spectrum of backgrounds represented, the newly formed Multicultural Development Center (MDC) was created to encourage the UVF community to embrace these differences as a wonderful expression of God's creativity.
 
“We want our students to be able to celebrate the cultural distinctions that God so beautifully and wonderfully made,” said Tim Latiff, a UVF admissions counselor and coordinator for the MDC. Latiff and Joseph Ocasio, director of the Office of Admissions and director of the MDC are excited to see the program come to reality. According to Latiff, the purpose of the new center is “to let students know they belong, they matter and they fit in.” 

On Sept. 17, an open mic night event titled The Launch took place at Krempels Theater with the purpose of informing the student body about the MDC. The MDC serves to bring together students from different cultures to worship God in a spirit of love and community. A student-led campus ministry known as FuZion has formed through the establishment of the MDC.

Over 230 students attended The Launch open mic night. Current junior Peter Reeves hosted the event which featured two student groups ministering in gospel and Latin worship. Freshman Randy Ramos was the on-stage DJ. The Martyrs, a UVF student Christian rap group, performed a number of songs that ministered to the crowd. Also featured at The Launch was gospel singer Justin Cabarrus who has performed onstage with notable artists Israel Houghton, Tye Tribbett and Jonathon Nelson.
 
After the event, students and performers enjoyed a time of fellowship with Chick-Fil-A meals provided by the MDC. With a number of FuZion events planned for the future, the student body is anticipating the desired connection between cultures and a lasting impact on many more lives. 

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