Celebrate Cultural Diversity

Celebrate Cultural Diversity
The festival brought together children and adults from all over the world. Photo credit: Diana Pratt/ UVU Review
The festival brought together children and adults from all over the world. Photo credit: Diana Pratt/ UVU Review

UVU kicked off Global Engagement Week (GEW) Nov. 16-20 with the International Community Festival in the Student Center Ballroom.

A diverse crowd of students and members of the community  had the opportunity to learn about a variety of cultures by visiting booths filled with authentic crafts, country information, games and ethnic finger foods. Remembering Our Culture entertained attendees of the festival throughout the night with song and dance performed by international students from local universities.

The International Community Festival was one of many events scheduled to take place during GEW. UVU hoped to promote cultural awareness by encouraging students and the community at large to participate in this week’s events.

“This festival is intended to bring international students and members of the community together. As students have the opportunity to get more involved in the Utah Valley community, they feel more comfortable here and we get to know more about them and the rich and diverse cultures from which they have come,” said Dr. Blair Van Dyke, Coordinator of International Affairs at the Orem Institute of Religion and member of the University International Committee.

“If you want to be a globally competent graduate, you need to take every opportunity to learn about other cultures,” said Maryna Storrs, program coordinator for the Office of International Affairs and Diplomacy. “The reality is that when you graduate, you’re going to be in the market place where global skills and knowledge will put you up front.”

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