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Students, faculty and staff celebrate culture/diversity at annual Harambee

Students, faculty and staff gathered on March 31 for the School of Social Work’s annual Harambee multicultural event, which celebrates ethnic, racial and cultural diversity through food, art and performances.

The event showcased a wide array of talents, including dancing, singing and poetry. Participants also celebrated with a potluck buffet.

Presenters included: Lydia Short: discussed the art of French bowmaking and conservation work; Naomi Broadway: performed a Ballet Folklorico; Mitzy Gonzalez: performed “Como la Flor,” a song by the late Mexican-American singer Selena; Clara Sanders: performed traditional children’s songs from Bolivia, Tanzania, and the United States; Laura Garlock and Meli Kimathi: shared their international social work experiences in Ecuador and Brazil, respectively, and encouraged students to consider international opportunities; Melanie Sadur and Rachele Zecca: shared their experiences in Costa Rica and encouraged students interested in Spanish immersion and social work in Costa Rica to pursue the opportunity; Kayla Humphrey: recited a poem; Kim Strom-Gottfried: discussed work in Sarajevo and showed a video as part of the World Social Work Day celebration; Anole Halper: recited a poem on gender queer and suicide; Andrew Heil: shared family history on his Italian grandfather and recited the first seven lines of Dante’s “Divine Comedy” in Italian and English; Trish Lockhart: shared her experiences in Nicaragua; and birnettiah killens: shared her personal definition of a social worker—lover.

The Social Work Student Organization, the Black Student Caucus and the International Caucus co-sponsored the event. Students Mitzy Gonzalez, SoWoSO Co-Chair; Kayla Humphrey, Kennetra Irby, and Meli Kimathi coordinated the celebration.