On a Wednesday afternoon, the C-Wing at Mohawk College was filled with energy and excitement as students crowded around to participate in a variety of games and activities. Volunteers cheered and encouraged passing students to come join in the fun.
They were there as Social Inc hosted an event that supported Mohawk’s LGBTQ community. Social Inc is a safe space on campus for students to drop in to study, nap, play games and make friends.
Marco Felvus is a full-time teacher in the School of Human Services as well as a coordinator for Social Inc.
“Social Inc is our positive space on campus,” Felvus said. “We offer drop-in programs for students Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays until 8:00 p.m. It’s just a place to chill out. We always say it’s a warm place to chill.”
During the event, students painted peace signs and hearts on willing peers. There were dress-up stations, arts and crafts including origami, a hula hoop contest and even a drag queen show that Mohawk Pride assisted with where participants lip-synched to various songs.
Passing students were encouraged to participate and join in the festivities. There were even free gifts such as pencils, bracelets, condoms and candy.
Nick Dreith, a student in the Human Service Foundation program was volunteering at the event.
“Social Inc seems like a good place to get involved,” Dreith said. “It includes everybody.”
Many students participated and assisted with running different stations creating a fun and colourful environment to attract students.