Video News: Students Get a Taste of the World at International Night

Shreya Kumar ‘20/The Lawrence
The Diversity Council hosted the annual International Night in the Irwin Dining Center on Feb. 9 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Throughout the evening, Irwin staff served a variety of international foods, and students as well as faculty led cultural workshops, participated in performances, and shared traditional outfits in a fashion show.
Workshops included African drumming taught by The Garvey School, language lessons, a tutorial of the dreidel game, and Croatian cookie-making.
According to Assistant Dean of Admissions and Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs for Campus Life Felicia Aikens, the purpose of International Night is to “provide an opportunity for people to come together to share various parts of their cultures with the school community, maybe in a way they don’t traditionally have [an opportunity to] in the classroom or hanging out in the Houses.”
Diversity Representative Shaezmina Khan ’19 noted that the process of putting the night together was straightforward, starting with publicizing the event through a School meeting announcement in the fall term in order to figure out a program of performances and workshops.
Khan added that the most difficult part of International Night was “making sure that everyone is coordinated on the night itself because there are so many performances, including one from outside of school, and dinner that need to happen on time.”
Carolyn King ’20, who hosted the workshop on Croatian Christmas cookie making, commented that although “the cookies did not ending up tasting good,” she enjoyed “learning about a part of [her] grandfather’s culture and sharing that with others.”
Of the dreidel workshop she hosted, Cate Levy ’20 loved “getting to know people she [had] never met before through the game, [which was] simple, fun, and a great ice breaker.”
Nachale Co-President Shriya Annamaneni ’20, who performed a Bollywood number for International night, was excited “to have Nachale’s first performance of the school year be at such a culturally important event.”
Emilia Onuonga ’19, who gave a spoken word performance critiquing European’s historical mistreatment of Africa, enjoyed “being able to embrace [her] African identity and highlight the greatness of Africa.”
Esha Akhtar’s ’21 favorite part of the night was the student-led workshops because she “learned so much about [her] friends and their backgrounds that [she] had never really thought of before.”

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