International Students Club presents Diversity Night

International Students Club presents Diversity Night The International Students Club of The University of South Dakota presents Diversity Night on Friday, April 8, at 6.30 p.m. in the Coyote Student Center.

This is the club's biggest annual spring event and it will feature stage performances, ethnic foods, fashion presentations, dance, drama, poetry, singing and other talent performances. Diversity Night showcases the cultures of various countries and groups represented at USD.

The celebration creates awareness of the diverse cultures on campus while fostering good relations and respect for the differences inherent in international and multicultural settings like a university.

In previous years, Diversity Night has attracted a crowd of around 700 people comprising students, faculty and families in Vermillion and surrounding cities. Although this event has traditionally been held at the commons, the event has outgrown the venue.

As a result of its continued success, this year Diversity Night will be held at the CSC, which provides more space for different activities. Organizers of the activities, mostly USD students, hope to utilize the CSC's various facilities by displaying information, exhibits and artifacts from different countries and cultures. Flags, emblems, artworks and various insignia are welcome.

Last year's celebration featured Native American, Indian, Spanish, African, and other cultural performances. Dances, cultural couture, and culinary delicacy competitions marked the international cultural event. Other educational programs such as quiz sessions on identifying flags of different countries, expanding participant's knowledge of the world were conducted.

"The CSC gives us more space this year. We are improving the food delivery system, injecting more fun and excitement. As usual, there will be exotic cuisines from all continents for our numerous patrons," said Bridget Hodasi, president of the International Students Club.���

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