By Luis Medina
Campus Life Editor
College of the Desert’s international students celebrated International Day with a cultural ceremony, food, and fun. The festivities, were sponsored by College of the Desert and the International Education Program (IEP).
The event was held on Wednesday November 20 2013 from 11:30am to 1:45pm at the amphitheater between the Communications building and the Cravens Student Services Center (CSSC). Students from across the country came to celebrate and collaborate. The event was open to faculty, staff, students and the local community.
Students paid tribute to their respective cultures at the annual International Day event with a colorful ceremony of flags. There are over 200 international students currently attending College of the Desert, with some enrolled in the Intensive English Academy on campus. Students represented their countries by carrying their flags. Trustee Mary Jane Sanchez said, “I like how we honor where we come from. I was in tears thinking about my abuelita.”
Students placed their country’s flag along the fountain, representing the diversity at COD. After the presentation, students and guests were invited to stay and taste the various international foods and talk to other students. Martha Almada said, “I like to attend the event because I like to meet new people and see where others come from and learn more about their culture.”
Some of the entertainment included “Casa Do Samba” who played music from Brazil. “Sabor a Mi Tierra” was the ballet folkloric from Mexico. Trustee Mary Jane Sanchez said, “I am emotional to see all the students united and engaged as well as to see the beautiful cultures that make up College of the Desert.”
In addition to the International Club bringing students together in order to learn and help one another, the IEP works to help provide housing and employment options for COD’s international students.
Over a hundred students participated in and enjoyed the cultural entertainment, including an international scavenger hunt.