Humber College North campus held its second annual Around the World Diversity event on Tuesday, providing a variety of activities, performances and foods from several continents
Hosted by Yuthkumari Lall and Yanique Crooks of the school’s First Year Experience program, the free event brought together a student body of diverse peoples to celebrate and explore each other’s cultures.
Visitors were provided with ‘passports’ to be stamped at each booth, which was categorized by continent. Boards containing information about each continent provided students with facts about several countries, types of shared cuisine and even discussion about climate and geography.
Traditional food was offered at almost all of the booths, including samosas to represent India. Abneet Parmar was in charge of handing out the samosas, saying, “they are a starter dish for Indians and are also offered with tea to guests.”
Joyce Dushime was one of three people operating the Africa booth, which was interactive and offered traditional face painting, bracelet and necklace making, while giving out strong coffee to students.
“Our ancestors used to do all this, so we are trying to keep the culture going,” said Dushime.
Andrii Sorok played a part at the Europe booth, which offered rye bread and jam. The Europe booth also offered the chance to play Tafl, an ancient Viking game that bears some similarities to chess.
“The booth offers an introduction of some European countries,” said Sorok. “There are some facts about them and how diverse they are.”
Humber’s Aboriginal Resource Centre also took part, providing information about Indigenous cultures at the North America booth. Regina Hartwick of ARC was one of the contributors who offered manoomin (commonly referred to as wild rice) mixed with berries and maple syrup, which is traditional to many Indigenous cultures of North America.
Several performances were offered, including an Indian Bhangra dance, and a traditional Chinese dance. An interactive Caribbean aerobic dance performance was also available, encouraging volunteer students to join in on the fun.
Xissy Wang, a Humber student, performed a song on a traditional Chinese instrument called an erhu. Wang was also one of two students, with Evan Li, to sing a song in Mandarin.
Fiyin Adedapo spoke about the Caribbean booth, which offered beef and vegetarian patties. There was also the encouragement to make one’s own country flag at the Caribbean booth.
“The whole event is meant to introduce everyone to different perspectives,” said Adedapo about Around the World Diversity, adding, “every country has something special to offer.”
Students were encouraged to mark their country of origin on a map with pins. The variety of location and quantity of pins demonstrated the remarkable diversity of Humber’s student body.