Culture Fest at the University of Dayton is more than just a venue that provides free food for hungry college students.
Held this year on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Kennedy Union Central Mall, Culture Fest gives students the opportunity to learn about different cultures. Last year, a variety of activities and performances for students were featured including dance and sports demonstrations.
This year Culture Fest will feature breakdancing, a performance by the world music choir and a performance by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.
The idea of Culture Fest began as a way to help promote diversity on campus. Currently in its second year, the event provides a great opportunity for both domestic and international students to come together and learn from one another, or just for students to experience different cultures.
Kat Fennessy, a senior public relations major, said she sees Culture Fest as a great benefit to the student body.
“I think it’s really important to have something like this on campus,” she said. “Getting students exposed to different cultures can be really eye-opening. Culture Fest also could be beneficial to international students and could help them feel more at home on campus.”
UD has set records for incoming international students in the past few years, and the international student population is increasingly becoming a larger part of the student body. According to the Center for International Programs, currently 10 percent of the student body is international students.
Carlos Stewart, assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, said he thinks that Culture Fest is a great venue for students to come together and learn from one another.
“It’s not just about celebrating people from different countries, it’s about celebrating everyone,” Stewart said. “Everyone has a culture.”
Middle Eastern, Latin and Asian cuisine provided by Dining Services is just part of what Culture Fest has to offer. From international sports demonstrations and music to dances and different types of cuisine, Culture Fest offers UD students the chance to immerse themselves in different experiences, all in one place.
For more information, contact the Center for International Programs at 937-229-3514.