CASA stands for Cultural Awareness at Subiaco Academy. The mission of CASA is to provide information and promote understanding of the various cultures represented on campus. Perhaps now more than ever, organizations such as ours must promote peace and understanding. All of us here at Subiaco Academy have a unique opportunity to learn about and value people from all over the world. With our diverse population, we are able to put a real human face on the issues that arise around the globe. As future leaders of our country, students at Subiaco Academy can make a difference all over the world as ambassadors of peace.
CASA has done interactive educational programs for students on our campus and for students in our surrounding community for the past several years. We made a Christmas card last year using the entire student body, and it became the official Christmas card sent out from the Academy.
In 2006, CASA prepared an exhibit featuring the countries and cultures represented on campus which was on display in the Art Gallery of Centenary Hall. The students painted the Eastern and Western Hemispheres of the world, and posted large maps of each country represented by Subiaco students. The Art Gallery was filled from the ceiling to the floor with information, flags, cultural artifacts, as well as examples of foods, clothing, religion, and music from a large number of countries around the world. Students at Subiaco and students from the surrounding community were invited to tour the exhibit during the month of March. CASA members introduced their country and culture in a brief presentation prior to the tour. A "Toast to World Peace" ended the program.
In 2008, members of CASA asked themselves, "What can we do to make a difference in the division around the world today?" This question was the catalyst for a cultural awareness program they prepared for the local community. An old proverb was adopted for their theme, "You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover." T-shirts of every color with the theme on the back were printed. They found the perfect song called, "You Can't Judge a Book," to coincide with the theme. The program was presented on March 31 and April 1 to students from Paris, St. Joseph's, County Line, and Subiaco which encouraged them to get to know people instead of judging someone based only on appearances. The program included colorful powerpoint presentations, a live on-stage food show, music, and lip syncing to Bo Diddley's version of "You Can't Judge a Book."
Because we are an internationally recognized and sought-after Academy, our student body is comprised of young men from ten different countries. This international representation not only benefits the young men who hail from America in that they are exposed to other cultures and nations, but it benefits the international students who themselves get exposure to cultures and traditions beyond just the United States.