Intelligent Men of Color Purposefully Accomplishing College Together.
Founded in 2004 to give men of color a social network at Franklin & Marshall College, IMPACT marks its fifth anniversary with a series of events this spring.
“This is not a fraternity. This is not about parties,” IMPACT President Patrick Delisser ’09 said. “IMPACT aims to make a difference in the lives of its members by letting them know that they are supported, accepted and they have a place with us.”
The group has 30 members. Although it was originally founded as a club for men of color, the club is now open to males of all races and creeds.
Joaquim Hamilton ’06 and Aviel Ayoung ’06 started IMPACT after they saw a similar organization of multicultural men at Colgate University that hosted student events and held fundraisers for local charities. There is only one requirement, Delisser said. “We ask only that our brothers carry themselves in a professional manner.”
Over the years, IMPACT has focused much of its attention on charity work.
During a spring fundraiser last year, IMPACT raised $2,000 for the Soccer Africa project, and during a fundraiser on Oct. 24, it raised $1,300 for Project Hope, an HIV/AIDS prevention program run by Southeast Lancaster Health Services. Soon, Delisser said, IMPACT will kick off a campus-wide charity fundraiser called IMPACT’s Triple C Campaign. They’ll be collecting cans, coins and clothes for those in need locally.
However, IMPACT’s main goal is to bring students together. Members make a point to reach out to prospective students. During orientation for first-year students they are there to meet incoming students.
“When I came to Franklin & Marshall, IMPACT members welcomed me with open arms. I wanted to be part of that,” Delisser said.
Dawan Buie ’10 joined as a first-year student because he said IMPACT offered him an environment that respected his religious beliefs.
“I’m a person very devoted to my faith. IMPACT members are accepting and respectful of who you are,” Buie said.
Delisser said IMPACT plans to celebrate its fifth year with a series of events in addition to the Triple C Campaign. They’ll host a Video Game Tournament on Dec. 14. Next semester, they’re planning a cooking competition with other clubs and fraternities, to be judged by the sororities.
At the end of April, there will be a week of events, including a comedy and variety show. The week will culminate with the Black and Gold Dance.