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

Students, faculty and staff gathered on Feb. 16, 2016, 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 dancing, photo sharing, poetry and personal storytelling. Participants also celebrated with a potluck buffet.

Presenters included: Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, who performed a traditional African libation; Rodolfo Crooks, who shared his experiences of growing up as a Panamanian; Rebecca Datus, who discussed Haitian American culture and performed a traditional Haitian dance; Annie Francis, who shared stories about her family and culture as a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe; Roxy Toledo, who shared about her parents’ country of Peru; Glamarys Acevedo, who discussed her identity as an Afro Latina; Mireya Lupercio, who discussed her work with the Farmworker Advocacy Network; Ruth Morgan, who shared a picture of her family and discussed some of their experiences before and after slavery; and Naomi Broadway, who performed a Ballet Forklorico.

This year’s event was sponsored by the School of Social Work Student Organization, with leadership from students with the International, Black Student, and Latin student caucuses.