Involvement's a 'steady track' for CSA VP

February 23, 2017 | Cayla Miraglia

Picasso, lower left, with other UWF Caribbean Student Association members at the African American Student Association's Trunk or Treat event in October 2016.
Picasso, lower left, and other CSA members at AASA's Trunk or Treat event.

Picasso Knowles, vice president of the Caribbean Student Association, credits the organization with benefiting his experience at UWF.

“Being involved on campus with this organization really made me a better person,” he said. “It helped keep me on a steady track both socially and academically. Involvement helped me evolve techniques that will help prepare me for the real world.”

CSA, founded at UWF in 2004, is a Registered Student Organization that celebrates Caribbean culture. “We try to teach students about our culture by holding meetings and open events,” Picasso said. However, students do not need to be from the Caribbean to join.

In fact, Picasso tells every member of CSA that when it comes to getting involved on campus, joining a small organization like CSA is a great first step, as he often sees members start to become involved in other organizations as well. An island native, Picasso’s appreciation for his culture and the opportunity to showcase it at a diverse University inspired him to become a CSA leader.

“I just wanted to be involved,” he said. “I had the opportunity to run for the vice president of CSA. When the opportunity rose, I felt like it was needed for me to step up as a leader and help CSA strive on this campus.”

When he first became vice president, Picasso said, it was a challenge to keep up with everything. However, with the right mindset and a determined attitude, he and the other executive board members reached a peak level of student involvement within CSA, one of his goals for the organization. Picasso said that CSA is doing really well with keeping students actively engaged.

He said he wants other students to know that coming to the University means more than just taking classes. It is also important to become involved, leave a legacy and build character. With CSA, he said, he teaches members that it is important to know what they want to do and to strive for it, something he does by being involved in several campus organizations.

Besides being CSA vice president, Picasso is also president of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.; parliamentarian for the Haitian Student Organization; ambassador for March of Dimes; and a member of the African American Student Association and UWF Men.

Learn more by visiting the CSA portal in ArgoPulse. UWF has many culture- or identity-based Registered Student Organizations, including the African American Student Association, Black Student Alliance, Filipino Student Association, Haitian Student Organization, Hispanic Student Association, Indian Student Association, Japan Club, Lambda Coalition, The Collegiate 100 Black Men of Pensacola Inc., The National Council of Negro Women, and the Vietnamese American Student Association. In addition, UWF Fraternity and Sorority Life is developing a Multicultural Greek Council that includes Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., an Asian-interest sorority; Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc., a multicultural service/social fraternity; and a colony of Kappa Delta Chi, a Latina-interest sorority.