Global Fest celebrates diversity of UBCO students

International students share music, food and traditions of their home countries at Kelowna campus on Tuesday, Nov. 17,

  • Nov. 13, 2015 5:00 a.m.

The diverse student population at UBC’ Okanagan campus is being celebrated next week at Global Fest.

“International students are an important part of our community, both on and off campus,” said Philipp Reichert, advisor with UBCO’s iternational programs and services.

“Our international students contribute to the fabric of the local community and are widely involved through volunteering activities, as well as through work and school.”

Reichert says international students represent more than 80 countries and make up more than 12 per cent of the student population at the UBC  Okanagan campus. Each year, the diversity of culture, homeland customs, food, and entertainment are highlighted as the campus community celebrates Global Fest.

International engagement and intercultural understanding are important aspects of UBC’s strategic plan and this event helps to advance both of these goals, says Ian Cull, associate vice-president of students.

“We are most fortunate that we have so many excellent students; wonderful people who have joined us from around the world,” said Cull. “They make a valued and valuable contribution to campus life.”

Global Fest takes place Tuesday, Nov. 17, beginning with a Cultural Showcase from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fipke Foyer. Students will share what makes their country special — food, music, traditions, and the arts.

Global Fest will wrap up later that day with a night of dancing and music from around the world. The evening event begins at 6 p.m. and takes place in the lower Fipke Foyer.

Carrie Karsgaard, advisor with UBCO’s international programs and services, encourages the community to come to campus and participate in the Global Fest activities — both events are free of charge and open to the public.

“While diverse cultures are part of the fabric of UBC’s Okanagan campus, Global Fest is one way to truly celebrate this diversity,” said Kargaard. “I love seeing our very own UBC students generously share their cultures, personalities, and interests through creative displays and performances for our campus community.”

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