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Festival lets students engage with diverse communities

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The International Festival allows South Campus students to experience different musical instruments from across the world Nov. 17. Photo by Najevi Seyedmortaza/The Collegian

By Richard Marmolejo/campus editor

A parade of flags from around the world helped kick-start the International Festival at South Campus as students came together to celebrate TCC’s diverse community Nov. 16.

The festival allowed students to see, hear and taste different cultures from around the world.

“It is important for us to celebrate cultures and customs so our students feel celebrated, included and appreciated on our campus,” student activities coordinator Ana Garcia said. “I believe when students feel like they are part of our community they will succeed academically and in life.”

Padam Bishwakarma performs during the festival on South.
Padam Bishwakarma performs during the festival on South.
Photo by Najevi Seyedmortaza/The Collegian

Students had a chance to enjoy live performances, free food and a variety of activities like getting their name written in Chinese calligraphy or getting a free henna tattoo, Garcia said.

“The committee recognized that South Campus is rich in diversity and has been over the past 50 years,” Garcia said. “We thought it was something worth celebrating.”

The festival also included a talent show where a variety of cultures were explored through different  forms like dance, music and art.

South student Shames Alaesa, who was part of the committee that organized the festival, said the festival was great and she enjoyed seeing the different cultures come together to be celebrated.

“I loved the different foods that I got to try,” she said. “It was a very positive experience overall.”

Garcia said she hopes that events like this help connect students, keep the diverse community strong and also encourage students to learn more about and appreciate the different cultures that make up TCC.

“Students can learn about others’ cultures,” Garcia said, “and learn about what makes them different and what makes them the same.”

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