The Center for Student Diversity and Sparc host the annual International Fair.


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On Thursday April 23 the Center for Student Diversity hosted the annual International Fair.  The fair is annually sponsored by SPARC. Food that was presented included traditional foods from El Salvador, Spain, Italy, Haiti, the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Tribe, the Philippines, Argentina, the U.S.A., and Ireland.  Faculty Dr. Alejandro Canadas and Cynthia Canadas presented empanadas from their homeland of Argentina.

The fair also included multiple performances and demonstrations. With a soulful sound the Mount Gospel Choir sang Khumbaya. There was also three rounds of trivia throughout the fair.  Student Emma Hughes read a poem, the Beauty of Africa. Music from different countries played as students, staff, and all attendants were able to taste food from several cultures. Each food station had the recipe for the cuisine as well as information about the country. Francesca Macrina brought meatballs from Italy. Chianti Blackmon, director of Center for Student Diversity brought strawberry short cake from the good old U.S.A.

One of the highlights of the event was a demonstration by the Brazilian Ju Jitsu club. Connor Gallagher led the group in multiple demonstrations. “Ju Jitsu originated in Japan is a sport primarily focused on grappling,” says Gallagher. Gallagher explained how Ju Jitsu is good for smaller sized people as it is not focused on striking. After a few demonstrations of different moves to take down an attacker students were able to try some techniques with the team.

This year there was more performances than previous years at the International Fair. There were also performances from Pan-Africa as well as a dance contest.  The Center for Student Diversity extended a thank you to Dining Services, Center for Instructional technology, the Physical Plant, and all of the participants.

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