International students spread culture

miguel jaime

International Fair from MWSU Campus Watch on Vimeo.

International students from all parts of the world gathered in Clark Student Center to share their culture and to speak about the offers their country has. Several international groups held crafts to help entertain students, others performed dances and songs, and other gave presentations to help inform students of their countries way of life. Mario Ramirez, student development and orientation activity coordinator, says that the international fair was a great way for students to learn about the different cultures here on campus.

“There’s over 45 different countries that we have represented at MSU, so I think it’s a really good way to get to know students a little bit more from the different cultures there are, so it just puts them out there, all the different organizations,” Ramirez says.

At the event, international students gave food samples to help students learn about the different cuisine their country has to offer. Ramirez says that student development assisted with any financial issues related to food that the student representatives may have faced.

“Some students can’t afford to buy it and make the food, so we offered to pay for the food as long as they come. So you know that’s kind of a good incentive for them to come and showcase their own country, so not spending any money because it’s tough for some of the college students,” Ramirez says.

Khalil Innis-King, a senior in management information system’s, says the international fair is a great way to showcase his culture and to get students interested in learning more.

“It gets people to know about the different cultures, the different places, the different continents, islands; and international fair shows off just a tiny bit of their culture, just to get you, how do I say, interested in knowing more about them,” Innis-King said.

Innis-King represents the Caribbean Student Organization and says that this event is a great way to help students learn about other cultural events, such as Caribfest.

“The more that people know about it, the more they will come to our events, the more money they will spend at our events, the more money we can then give to charity,” Innis-King said.