Olivia K. Paul
On Thursday, September 15, 2022, Delaware State University partnered with Chase to organize and showcase a financial and professional empowerment event on the main campus. Jamila Mustafa, university alumna, came back to her origins to host the informational exhibit. Jamila Mustafa is an award-winning journalist, actor, and public speaker. On her latest post she writes, “The Queen makes her return home.” The event took place on the Courts from 11am to 2pm. Students got advice on how to “Secure the Bag”, along with free food, live music, headshots for resumes and business platforms, and merchandise.
‘Back to The Yard’ allowed college students to get tips on financial wellbeing and growth as a professional. Not only were we able to network with officials from Chase, but students also got personalized career advice tips at The Octagon Lounge located in the MLK. Games and prizes were awarded to those who participated, along with performances from Delaware State’s marching band and majorette dance team. Popular songs were remixed with rap lyrics about financial freedom, and the money booth was the star of the show, challenging contestants to grab as much money as they can within a limited time.
State thanked its partners for putting on a show for the students while also educating at the same time. The official university’s Instagram page states, “HUGE shoutout to Delaware State’s very own, Jamila Mustafa for hosting the Chase Back to the Yard event today. We believe in the resurrection of our students, and it is all that matters!”