The ISSS 2017 Worldfest
will be held on
Saturday, March 25, 2017
from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
the Student Union Ballroom.
WorldFest 2015 Celebrates Global Diversity, Multiculturalism at UConn
By: Reid DiRenzo & Jennifer Jaramillo
Students, families and local community members gathered at the University of Connecticut on Sunday to experience the diverse cultural organizations offered on campus. Many students and members were adorned in traditional cultural attire, and booths were lined up all around Rome Ballroom to highlight different artifacts, history and food.
Many participants in WorldFest expressed the importance of both learning about various cultures and reaching an understanding between other groups.
“We are all human from different parts of the world. We are wearing different clothes, but a majority of people all around the world have the same way of thinking they are kind and they want peace.”
That’s President of the Iranian Cultural Organization at UConn Reza Amin, a Ph.D. student who came to the U.S. in 2013. He says the group wanted to participate in WorldFest this year to counter the negative light in which he thinks Iranian culture is often portrayed.
“Since I came here I realized that people that many people don’t realize where Iran is geographically located, how the people look like, how the music sounds, how people write for example.”
The Bangladeshi Student Association was also featured at WorldFest and members performed a traditional Bengali song.
“We are you know very prideful in our own culture but we also really want to know about other cultural organization and respect other cultural organizations in the way that other respect us and I think that mutual respect is really important.”
That’s Rubayet Lasker, a member of the Bangladeshi Student Association at UConn, who was stationed at the organization’s booth to provide guests with information about show artifacts. Here’s Fariha Rashid, also from the Bangladeshi Student Association.
“It is a way to showcase my culture because you can see what I am when you look at me you don’t know what it means or where I come from. All these artifacts are things from my living room that my parents collect, things are really significant to me and it is important to share with the student community.”
Sounds of traditional culture filled the air from the drum beats and chants from UConn Taiko. UConn Taiko President Timothy Siu says Taiko is a traditional form of Japanese drumming modernized for performances.
Representatives from Education Abroad were also in attendance to give interested students information on the different opportunities UConn offers to study abroad. One representative was UConn senior Franklin Bravo who studied abroad in London.
“Having lived in Europe for three in a half months and being Ecuadorian and having that different side of me it a good way to spread my enthusiasm for traveling diversity to other students and expand my own knowledge about the diversity on this campus.”
WorldFest is an annual event that celebrates the multiculturalism of the UConn community. With cultural displays, performances, and demonstrations by students from all over the world, it is a wonderful opportunity to see the UConn international student community showcase its cultural roots and raise intercultural awareness at UConn. All recognized UConn cultural organizations and student organizations are eligible to particpate. Past partcipants have showcased food, cultural displays, crafts, performances, workshops, and much more!
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Please reach out to ISSS with any questions or concerns about WorldFest or if you would like to volunteer, participate or otherwise help ISSS with WorldFest planning.
International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)
2011 Hillside Road Unit 1083
Storrs, CT 06269
P: 1 (860) 486 3855
F: 1 (860) 486 5800