The CECIC bustled with activity on January 11th as students and faculty experienced an array of cultures as a part of International Weekend. The annual event is a beautiful display of the diversity present at Blair.
At the International Bazaar, students of various ethnic backgrounds hosted stations at which they offered samples of traditional foods of their respective countries. Among the fourteen regions represented this year was Hong Kong, serving its ever-popular bubble tea. The “Latin Cafe” occupied the second floor of the building in a restaurant-style setup and served Mexican favorites like tacos and hot chocolate.
The evening also included a fashion show, in which student volunteers model customary attire of various cultures. Audrey Sacks ’20 enjoyed modeling Latin American clothing in the show. She told The Oracle, “It was definitely a fun experience to get to model traditional clothing and honor the many different cultures that make up Blair.”
The Blair International Awareness Club (BIAC) is responsible for the organization of International Weekend. Pei Chen ’21, co-leader of BIAC, described the planning of the event as “a big challenge,” noting, “it is not an easy task to follow the work of our amazing predecessors.” Having met the high expectations of the Blair community, Pei gratefully remarked, “it was an honor to be included in the planning of such an event.” Through the colorful celebration of Blair’s diversity at the International Bazaar, BIAC aimed to encourage learning about different ethnicities and promote inclusion.
This year’s International Weekend was a great success, as it was well-attended by students and faculty. BIAC continues to organize additional opportunities to foster cultural awareness on campus.
Copyright Abby Morris 2019