MISS To Spread 'UniDiversity' With Events

The Office of Multicultural and International Student Services will bring some "UniDiversity" to campus with a week of activities, free food and giveaways to educate students of different cultures around the world during "UniDiversity Week" Monday through Friday (April 28-May 1).

The week of events will kick off on Monday during the “Taste of Japan” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Lowman Student Center Room 320.

A few of the featured foods will include teriyaki beef, seaweed salad, green tea and authentic Japanese candies.  Along with the cuisine, MISS will offer fun facts and information about the country of Japan.

"There is no better way to bring students together, whose purpose is to better understand a culture different from their own, than with good food," said Ashley McDonough, MISS program coordinator.

On Tuesday, the “Think Tank Breakfast” will focus on bringing students together to discuss diversity issues that exist at SHSU and brainstorm programs to increase the education of different cultures on campus.

The free breakfast will be served from 9:30-11 a.m. in LSC Room 307.

On Wednesday, MISS will highlight the Indian culture during "Bollywood Night" from 6-9 p.m. in LSC Room 110 and Theater.

"'Bollywood' is a term used to describe the famous Hindi-language Indian film industry, which is one of the largest film producers in the world, producing more films than Hollywood," said McDonough.

The evening will include authentic Indian food, including tandoori, which is marinated chicken; cauliflower curry; mango chutney; seasoned rice and chai tea; and a Bollywood film, "Monsoon Wedding," nominated for a Golden Globe in 2002 for Best Foreign Language Film.

"Many people are unaware of the level of diversity in Asia," said McDonough. "India is also a part of the continent and also has a really unique culture."

On Thursday, guest speaker Carl Rosa, executive director for Japan-American Society of Houston, will present "Japan in a Suitcase," from 2-3 p.m. in LSC Room 304.

The event will focus on "MISSconceptions" about Japanese cultures and people by providing students with interesting facts and stories about Japan.

All events are free and open to the Bearkat and Huntsville community. 

For more information, contact the Office of MISS at 936.294.3588.



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