First Annual Multicultural Day Held at The Mount

Michelle H. Daino
Organized by members of Mount Saint Mary's Students of Color Affinity (SOCA) and Madeline Albrittain, World Languages Chairperson, our first Multicultural Day was held on October 4 in the Sister Lisa Gambacorto Theater.
Festivities began with a Multicultural Showcase during which students shared various items representative of their identity and culture. These included traditional dress, works of art, musical instruments, books, maps, flags, card games, dance, and more. Members of the Italian Club, advised by Nicole Doria (Italian teacher and 2018 graduate), performed the folk dance, “La Tarantella.” Click here to view the performance.
Attendees were given passports and had stickers affixed to them after visiting each corresponding table.
Next, 16 different countries/regions were represented at the Food Fair during lunch periods, including: China, El Salvador, Ghana, Greece, Haiti, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Middle East, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Poland, and Thailand. Members of the school community purchased wristbands to participate in the fair which featured delicious catered food which was donated from members of the school community. Thank you also to our Mercy Guild for serving the cuisine during the Fair!
Zoe Daly '24, SOCA President, said, "The idea for Multicultural Day came about last year as a way to educate our school community about the diversity found in the Mount. One of SOCA’s main goals is to share our cultural identities with all Mounties so we can learn from and appreciate each other’s differences. Having the Multicultural Showcase was a great way to do that."
"I am so thankful to all the students who participated and shared their heritages with us," she added. "It was also very encouraging to see how many students showed up to support their classmates and educate themselves. It really shows how committed the Mount community is to fostering and celebrating diversity. The International Food Fair was another fun way to experience different cultures, and all the dishes were absolutely incredible! We are so thankful to the wonderful donors who made this possible. The entire day was a great success, and I know this the beginning of a new Mount tradition."
Amelia Benjamin '24, a SOCA student leader, stated, "I’m so proud of the collaboration and participation from the students and faculty. I’m grateful that we were able to offer a new and valuable experience for the entire Mount community."
"Multicultural Day was an incredible opportunity for students to celebrate their own heritage while understanding that of their peers as well," added Akshaya Karanam '24, a SOCA student leader. "It was wonderful to see the Mount community come together, with several family restaurants representing their cultures, to provide an exciting day filled with delicious food!"
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