By Aspasea McKenna
A line spanned out of Mobius Hall as students, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate a night of live entertainment, food and educational booths at the annual Intercultural Night.
The event consisted of performances by a jazz singer, a Caribbean steel drummer, a Bollywood dancing duo, a group of Taiko drummers and more. The smell of authentic food filled the room as plates were served with Filipino empanadas and lumpia, tempura shrimp rolls, hummus and an assortment of food and desserts representing countries from around the world.
With diversity and inclusivity as core values on our campus, UWB is one of the most diverse public university in the state of Washington.
On this premise, Natalie Kay Lang, a former Admissions and International Student Advisor, recognized that the diversity on our campus needed to be acknowledged beyond just numbers and statistics, so she started Intercultural Night.
The event also offered a space for students to connect on the basis of ethnic difference and learn about the various cultures that make up our campus community.
“It’s a really good way to experience all the different aspects of our culture made up by their cultures,” Megan Hawkins said.
Another student, Will Hanson, said: “I’ve never seen this before. I’ve never tried about half the food and I also think it’s a good time to just talk and get to know people.”
Natalie Kay Lang passed away in 2007, but the event has lived on each year with the help of various organizations on campus. This year’s organizers included the Office of Student Life, Diversity Programmers, Campus Events Board, Cascadia Activities Board and International Student Facilitators.
“We strive and hope that community members will become more culturally aware about the diverse cultures present in our community,” Diversity Programmer Chelsea Lubong said.