ad
  • About
  • Careers
News International Food Fair Embraces Campus Diversity

International Food Fair Embraces Campus Diversity

-

The University of Southern Mississippi International Student & Scholar Services and English Language Institute (ELI) will host their annual International Food Fair, a special event to showcase the university’s international students and their cultures.

I think learning about other people’s culture aids people in learning the human experience,” USM alumnus Tyler Meador said. “I am so thankful for the (Center for International Education) at Southern Miss. Food is something all humans connect with and it gives students the opportunity to learn about people’s culture and eat good food at the same time.”

The International Food Fair provides international students with an opportunity to share their customs and cultures by offering their favorite foods from those backgrounds with the area community. Participants dress in traditional clothing to represent their backgrounds. Posters and backdrops of photos and facts about participants’ home countries will also be displayed.

The food fair evolved from a general International Fair that was mainly culture-oriented, but each year, more students showed desires to serve food at their tables. In spring 2003, the annual International Food Fair was born with a focus on international foods.

This year, the International Food Fair will take place Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Baptist Student Union. Coordinators of the fair and both departments are anticipating at least 200 attendees for the event, which is open to anyone.

The students who set up displays and serve the food get the opportunity to interact on a personal level with American students and community members,” said Elizabeth Shoemake, interim director of International Student and Scholar Services.

The people who come to the fair get to meet people from all over the world, and have a gastronomic tour of the globe in a matter of a couple of hours.” 

Students of any background from the Center for International Education were encouraged to take the opportunity to share a piece of a unique heritage with the Southern Miss community. A $2 entry fee will be collected at the door.

It’s amazing to see all of the international and Southern Miss students coming together in one place,” said Hannah Jones, coordinator for the Center of International Education.

I think that the food fair benefits everyone. It gives a chance for the international students to show off their culture and for USM students to learn about some of the diverse cultures of the world.”

Afnan Beauti
Nan is a chemistry major, Luckyday Scholar, and Honors College student at USM. She enjoys writing, exercising, and speaking life to her peers and family.
- Advertisement -

Latest news

Men’s basketball prepares for upcoming season

With the 2019 basketball season starting Nov. 5, head coach Jay Ladner and the Golden Eagles have spent the past seven months adjusting to the new coaching administration.

‘Gem of the Ocean’ shows Southern Miss Theatre at its best

Southern Miss Theatre’s production of “Gem of the Ocean” was a profound and engaging experience that included powerful acting and effective design.

The Origin of Pumpkin Spice Comic

Comic by Darius Harris.

Chronic health conditions create challenges for students

People who have chronic health conditions may face many challenges. This is even more true for those who are also students. On top of the normal problems that any college student has, they also have to deal with missing classes, constant fatigue and the other complications that a chronic health issue can pose.

Southern Miss learns from mistakes at LA Tech

After a 45-30 loss to LA Tech on Oct. 18, Southern Miss now sits at number three...

Students should read instead of scroll

If you feel like you are seeing fewer books and more phones in the hands of students, you are not alone. It is not at all an uncommon sight to see a group of young people sitting together but immersed in their phones.

Must read

Men’s basketball prepares for upcoming season

With the 2019 basketball season starting Nov. 5, head coach Jay Ladner and the Golden Eagles have spent the past seven months adjusting to the new coaching administration.

‘Gem of the Ocean’ shows Southern Miss Theatre at its best

Southern Miss Theatre’s production of “Gem of the Ocean” was a profound and engaging experience that included powerful acting and effective design.

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you