University of Wisconsin - River Falls

April 29, 1996

'Unity' Celebrates Multicultural Diversity

By Ellie Walradth
UW-River Falls News Bureau

The fourth annual "Unity in the Community" festivities at UW-River Falls joined students, faculty and community members together for a two-day diversity celebration.

Diversity in the community and on campus was celebrated with various multi-cultural performances, arts, foods and crafts that entertained people on April 24-25.

"It's a good feeling for the students to feel a part of their campus and University community," said Yolanda Dewar, coordinator of international students and study abroad advisor.

One of the highlights of the festival was the International Bazaar held in the University Ballroom.

At the bazaar, the public and school children were invited to taste foods from different countries prepared by international students on campus. Each country had a decorated display with students available to answer questions about their cultures.

Dewar said that almost every country was well-represented and over 100 students were involved.

"It's important for students to have the opportunity to share their cultures with each other," added Dewar.

Another popular attraction was the Native American Pow Wow, according to Chris Albright, a student coordinator of the event.

Albright said that students from area grade schools have always enjoyed coming to this event.

Other ongoing performances included the Jesse White Tumblers, the Electric Arab Orchestra and Belly Dancers, Trio Tripo, and Tropical Islanders, a Caribbean musical group.

Comedians and a presentation on "Friendship in the Age of AIDS," concluded the events for both days.

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