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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 Sundayto 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 2015 will be held on:
Sunday, March 8th, 2015
Rome Ballroom (South Campus)
WATCH THIS VIDEO FROM LAST YEAR’S WORLDFEST!
View our 2015 WorldFest flyer for more information – We hope to see you in March!
Our WorldFest Introductory meeting dates are:
Tuesday, November 4th from 2pm-3pm
Wednesday, November 5th from 11am-12pm
Thursday, November 6th from 1pm-2pm
(Meetings will contain the same info, so organizations would only need to attend one of these)
If you would like more information, please email Patricia Lin-Steadman