Diversity group hosts Flag Day

Kinesiology sophomore Manuel Martinez painted three shirts at last week’s Flag Day in the University Center while wearing a traditional Mexican hat, a sombrero. | Tap Nguyen/The Daily Cougar

Students displayed their diverse cultures by painting flags on shirts Thursday.

The Council of Ethnic Organizations hosted Flag Day at the University Center’s North Tables and provided free shirts, paints and designs.

“All students love free items. So, the Flag Day event is a chance for students to show their cultures, or learn about other cultures,” said Anna Vuong, director of CEO.

The event started at 11:30 a.m., but students had been waiting for long before.

“My friend told me about the event today. I have never joined any event like this. I’m so curious,” said Nakyung Chun, a Korean psychology freshman.

Students from countries from around the world including Hispanic, African, Asian and American students joined the event.

Attendees learned about the event via e-mail and from the CEO website. However, some students stopped by unintentionally.

“It is awesome. Very fun,” said Jesse Soto, a transfer student from Texas Southern University. “Everybody represents their countries, so amazing.”

Manuel Martinez, a Mexican Kinesiology sophomore wearing a traditional Mexican sombrero, was excited about painting the shirts. He painted three shirts.

“It was a great opportunity for students to realize that everyone comes from a different place and carries a part of that culture around with them,” Martinez said. “The t-shirts will be worn around school to display the students’ art.”

This was the first time CEO hosted the Flag Day event and students kept coming to the event even though the scheduled time had passed by nearly an hour later.

“It is really a good idea because it shows more diversities of UH,” said Aryam Andom, a psychology freshman.

CEO is a student fee-funded organization aimed at showcasing the University’s diversity.

CEO hosts events year round. On March 8, students can enjoy a free Sushi lesson and food. For more information, visit

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