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Multicultural Week to celebrate cultures spanning the globe

“A Week Around the World: Experience the Culture” is the theme of The University of Toledo’s Multicultural Week, which will take place Monday through Saturday, March 18-23.

“For Multicultural Week, our main focus is to give students a space to celebrate their history, culture and traditions in a collaborative way,” said Alondra Martin, graduate assistant in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. “Most of us either directly come from different countries or have heritage and ancestors from multiple countries. This week is dedicated to learning about the cultures we have on campus while celebrating our diversity.”

Listed by date, events for Multicultural Week will be:

• Monday, March 18 — Womxn of Color Symposium: Finding and Using Our Voice, 1 to 7 p.m., Thompson Student Union Ingman Room. Denice Frohman, poet, educator and performer, will lead the symposium. Her work focuses on identity, lineage, subverting traditional notions of power, and celebrating aspects women deem unworthy. The professional development event will feature dialogue and cultivating resilience and empowerment.

• Tuesday, March 19 — Dance Workshop and Social, 7 to 11 p.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. Learn traditional dances from different cultures: salsa and bachata from Latin America; Pandanggo from the Philippines; Guramayle from Ethiopia; and Soran Bushi from Japan. The African People’s Association dance team, UT Tribe, also will give a workshop. DJ Canny will play music, and there will be light refreshments.

• Wednesday, March 20 — Multicultural Student Organization Showcase, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2591. Stop by and meet members from more than 10 student groups on campus.

— Intercultural Team Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Thompson Student Union Ingman Room. Test your knowledge about different cultures for a chance to win gift cards.

• Thursday, March 21 — International Professional Development Expo, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2592. This networking and information event will offer presentations on job search and interview skills, as well as assistance with resumés and cover letters. Students also can meet members from preprofessional organizations and learn about potential job and internship opportunities.

• Saturday, March 23 — International Students Association’s 43rd International Dinner, 7 p.m., Thompson Student Union Auditorium. This year’s theme is “The Royal Banquet.” Formal attire is recommended. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Go to the University Marketplace website to purchase tickets.

For more information on Multicultural Week, contact Martin at alondra.martin@rockets.utoledo.edu.

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