Multicultural Fair

 

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow mindedness.
Mark Twain

For those who do not or cannot travel, the Schoolcraft College Multicultural Fair brings the world to them.

Multicultural PassportEach year since 2001 the Fair has celebrated the diversity of culture both on our campus and in the community. More than 3,000 “travelers” a year take a “trip around the world,” collecting a “passport” at the door which they can get stamped at any of two dozen cultural display tables. Guests can also enjoy non-stop ethnic performances featuring dancing and music while enjoying cross-cultural snacks provided free by several area restaurants and food purveyors.

More than 100 students, faculty, staff and community members come together to plan the fair and share their culture, food, language and talent for guests at this dynamic event. Academically, the Fair provides an alternative and innovative educational experience, expanding learning beyond the classroom walls and creating an opportunity for students to teach others. Many Schoolcraft faculty help to engage students by building the event into their coursework. Multicultural Display

The Fair also fosters community outreach by actively involving several K-12 schools and more than two dozen area businesses and organizations in the day’s events. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Although most “travelers” are Schoolcraft students, faculty and staff, as well their friends and family, exit surveys suggest up to 15% of Fair-goers are members of the community.

At the Fair, campus and community are exposed to cross-cultural experiences, fostering a heightened awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity both around the world and at home. Such global literacy can help to provide the skills needed to navigate and succeed in our rapidly globalizing world.

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Funded in part by the Schoolcraft College Foundation Grant Program, the Fair is organized by the Schoolcraft College International Institute, the Student Activities Office and the Office of Counseling and Advising, in addition to dozens of organizations, offices and individuals from all across campus.

Join us for Multicultural Fair 2016 on Thursday, March 24, 2016. See the world – without ever leaving campus!

Josselyn Moore, Anthropology/Sociology Department

 

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