Event Highlights Cultures Represented in CVM
Posted March 29, 2018
The College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’
(CVM) Council for Diversity and Professionalism (CDP), Graduate
Student Association (GSA), and VOICE shared cultural elements from some of the diverse
student backgrounds represented at the CVM on Tuesday, March
More than 100 CVM students watched the dance performances and
ate the crawfish and other cuisine shared as part of a cultural
potluck during the second annual International Cultural Fest, held
in the Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex (VBEC)
Courtyard and VENI dining room.
“The Cultural Food Potluck Table was a favored aspect for some
individuals because participants enthusiastically explained their
dish and shared their culture with other attendees as they served
their dish,” said Jessica Smith, Class of 2019 CDP representative
and VOICE vice president.
Among the performing groups were Wreckin’ Raas, a Gujarat &
Rajasthan India dance team; Fade to Black Dance Ensemble, a team
that promotes a variety of cultures through dance; and Salsa
Fusion, a team dedicated to celebrating Latin culture and also the
fusion of traditional salsa with hip-hop dance.
“Performers introduced their groups
before performing and were able to share with the audience some
historical and cultural information about their style of dance, as
well as the mission of their cultural student organization,” said
Courtney Smith, Class of 2019 CDP representative who led the
The International Cultural Festival was created to celebrate
multiculturalism and provide an opportunity for the CVM to come
together to embrace the diversity within the college.
“It just made sense for us to come together and put on an event
for the CVM that represents what we all stand for,” said VOICE
president Cebrina Cavazos. “VOICE has a mission to enhance
diversity in the veterinary profession as well as strengthen the
cultural competence of veterinary students. With events like
Cultural Fest, we hope to promote the importance of cross-cultural
awareness so that we can meet the needs of our diversifying
clientele after graduation.”
Another goal of the event was to bring together the two CVM
doctoral programs in hopes of fostering networking for current and
future collaborations between biomedical researchers and practicing
clinicians, according to Courtney Smith.
"The population of students in the GSA is quite
diverse, with many nationalities represented," said Garhett Wyatt,
CVM-GSA president. "The culture fest is one such event that
highlights and celebrates our students while also sharing a space
with the vet students."
“CDP is always looking for ways to celebrate diversity in
culture, religion, and professions," Jessica Smith said. "This
event was a great way to bring together diversity in culture and in
profession by collaborating with the GSA and mingling with other
students and faculty in the CVM."
Overall, Cavazos and her co-organizers were very happy with the
event’s turnout and hope to continue the event in the future.
“The performances were highly successful, and the crowd enjoyed
all of the dance organizations,” Courtney Smith said. “Judging
by how much food we had left (which was none) I think everyone
really enjoyed the food as well. We received many sentiments of
appreciation from attendees and we feel that everyone who came by
had a great time.”
To see more pictures from the event, visit the CVM Flickr page.
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