International values

Annual Multicultural Fair brings worldwide traditions to life

BY LAUREN LUKENS
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

The Marcus Garvey Academy African Drum and Dance group will return at this year’s Multicultural Fair.

The Marcus Garvey Academy African Drum and Dance group will return at this year’s Multicultural Fair.

Increased international student enrollment has created astonishing programs, such as the Schoolcraft College International Institute and English as a Second Language curriculum. With knowledge from all around the world, eagerness to share memories and traditions available on campus, the 14th annual Multicultural Fair will be held Thursday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the VisTaTech Center’s DiPonio Room.

“[The best part is] the color, the music and the culture,” said International Coordinator Josselyn Moore. “The people are really alive while sharing their different cultures. It’s very moving to see people share an enormous amount of appreciation for learning.”

An Arab American National Museum exhibit, Albanian dancers, a world trivia quiz and free massages are just a few main attractions of the event. Free entertainment is accompanied by cultural food from local businesses, such as Bawarchi in Novi and Food on Wood in Livonia.

“Students get the opportunity of staying on campus and traveling around the world versus paying the money to go different places. It really helps give a global perspective,” said International Coordinator Laura Leshok. “We might not have the luxury to visit physically, but seeing pictures and hearing stories almost brings other countries to campus.”

Twenty countries will be sponsored throughout the DiPonio Room with students and community volunteers available to reminiscence, share their thoughts and assist attendees. African American, Armenian, German, Japanese, Moroccan, Russian and Venezuelan cultures will be showcased with several others, and people of all nationalities are encouraged to come exchange traditions.

Dressed in authetic clothing, young community members giggle and listen while sharing stories and anxiously awaiting their performance at a previous Multicultural Fair in the Diponio Room.

Dressed in authetic clothing, young community
members giggle and listen while sharing stories and anxiously awaiting their performance at a previous Multicultural Fair in the Diponio Room.

“From the international student perspective, they spend so much time learning about our culture on a daily basis,” said Leshok. “We get to hear all about their countries, where they live and how different it is for one day.”

Participants will be given “passports” to be stamped as they make their way through diverse countries. Pamphlets will also provide valuable information about the uniqueness of world cultures.

Instead of buying plane tickets and dealing with security checks, all students, staff, faculty and community members should make their way to the Multicultural Fair. In just five hours, one has the potential experience 20 countries for the ultimate price—free.