Sunday, November 11, 2018

1:00-4:00 p.m.

Student Union Ballroom

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Ends On November 11, 2018

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WHUS Story on WorldFest 2015

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.”

Bangladeshi Student Association Member Shanjida Jui said "We are performing a Bengali song 'Modhu Maloti.'" (Photo By: Santiago Pelaez) Many other organizations put together a performance showcasing traditional dances, music and chants.
Bangladeshi Student Association Member Shanjida Jui said "We are performing a Bengali song 'Modhu Maloti.'" (Photo By: Santiago Pelaez) Many other organizations put together a performance showcasing traditional dances, music and chants.

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.”

UConn Worldfest is an annual event hosted by International Student & Scholar Services to celebrate the University’s international student community and inspire curiosity about the world. Through performance, food, and activities, UConn Worldfest promotes global engagement and learning across cultures to UConn and the greater community.  Worldfest counts as an Honors event.

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World Fest Planning Committee

Dana Foster Dana Foster, Engagement/ Marketing Subcommittee

Dana Foster, Worldfest Committee member in charge of Engagement.  This will be my 12th year supporting the international community at UConn.  I enjoy working with international students and assisting them with the opportunity to showcase their culture.   Worldfest is an amazing event which promotes diversity and cultural awareness in our community.

Deepa Shukla Deepa Shukla, Logistics/Theme Coordination Committee & Ph.D. Candidate in Material Science.

I am excited being a part of Worldfest 2018 planning committee because it’s one of the most diverse event on campus. I have attended previous ISSS Worldfest and learned a lot about the culture throughout the world. It is a great pleasure to work with the amazing people of ISSS for the great event they pull up every year and co-ordinate with UConn faculty, staff and student communities.

deepa shukla
Aarushi Khera Being someone who is always on a journey to explore the world and try to see it under a different Sun, the WorldFest is an amazing opportunity for me to know, understand and look at the world with new glasses each day. Connecting with new people at UConn makes me fall in love more with it and its diversity here. Working in engagement subcommittee, I get to interact with many people, and more people means more stories, more fun and a step closer to the world. I would say, UConn is a perfect blend of different cultures, stories, and values, and WorldFest is where you get to taste it all.
Mansi Malhotra Mansi Malhotra, Marketing and Engagement Subcommittee. Its amazing to be a part of the Worldfest as it serves as a platform to be a part of diverse and multicultural event and to work with students from all around the World. This event represents the togetherness and harmony amongst different communities which brings the memories of home away from home for an International student like me.
Cinnamon Adams Learning more about and celebrating the world that we all live is so exciting! In my role at UConn, I work directly with graduate students and postdoctoral research associates. I get to work with people from various cultures and countries and look forward to celebrating them all at Worldfest. I work directly with the Photo Contest Committee. The photo context is new this year and we look forward to showcasing hometowns from around the world.
Terra Zuidema I am the Chairwoman of the Logistics/Theme Coordination Subcommittee. This is my first year being involved in Worldfest and I've already met so many wonderful people that are on the planning committee for this event. I'm excited to be part of this event and to have the opportunity to support and learn about the many cultures that make up the UConn community. Each of the cultures and students participating in Worldfest has a special gift to share that will enrich the lives of all that are present.
Bibhu Darshi Sahoo Planning the Worldfest has been an enriching experience for me in terms of getting to know people from various backgrounds and working with them.
Ningning Zhu Ningning Zhu, Wolrdfest Marketing/Promotions Subcommittee
I am so excited to let more people know and participate in Worldfest, a festival celebrates different cultures represented at UConn. Worldfest not only let UConn students understand cultural diversity but also gives international students a sense of belonging. I love Worldfest because it shows diverse cultural traditions and provides a platform to meet people from different countries.
Hyeonji Lee I am Hyeonji Lee and one of the subcommittee of Marketing/Engagement. This is the first time being a part of Worldfest. I love to participate in Worldfest because it is good to meet and build a empathy with people have cultural diversity while preparing for Worldfest. I cannot wait to see many people at the Worldfest!
Qingqing Zhang I’m Qingqing Zhang, a member of donation subcommittee. I’m glad to get involved in Worldfest because it is a gtreat chance to meet other people and work together of each other. It is also a chance to explore worldwide cultures and history when preparing for as well as participating the event. I met members from different countries and had a great time when communicating with them about their cultures and various personal backgrounds.
Zongqi Wang (Angela) Zongqi Wang (Angela), Worldfest Marketing and Promotions committee.

I am so grateful to be involved in planning Worldfest because I believe that, especially in this age, it is very important to have global awareness and appreciation of others. Worldfest is an event that will foster that international inclusiveness, and I am very grateful about contributing to making this event successful.

Libby Bush Libby Bush, Worldfest Committee member coordinating the booths and performances at Worldfest. This is my second Worldfest that I will be attending and first time being on the committee. I love being a part of Worldfest because it allows students at UConn as well as community members to connect and learn about different cultures throughout the world.
Emily Alden Hennessy I am a postdoctoral research associate in the SHARP Lab at InCHIP and am helping on the Engagement subcommittee for 2018 Worldfest. I enjoy being part of Worldfest because it is a fun way to get to know others in the UConn community and learn more about the rest of the world.
Santhosh Periasamy Computer Science graduate student at UConn. I have a tremendous interest in International Relations and Diplomacy. So, by being a part of Worldfest, I get to learn about the culture and tradition of people from different backgrounds. As part of the Participants subcommittee, my role is to interact and help the participants and performers. The best part of Worldfest is that it brings the whole community together and celebrates unity in diversity.
Leslie Lawrence Leslie Lawrence, Worldfest Committee Chair I love being a part of Worldfest because it is such a great way to learn about all of the different countries and cultures that UConn students, faculty and staff represent. It is such an important event to both connect with students and people from all over the world and to show our community that we support and value our international, multicultural, and multinational students.
Erna Alic