This year, for the first time, the WVC Global Citizenship Committee presented “Global Imagination: A Cultural Symposium.” This event was held on Thursday 1 May in various parts of the WVC campus. There were presenters, displays, music, a display of clothing from various countries, food and much more.The event was meant to celebrate and share the multiple cultural practices WVC students, faculty, administrators and staff represent, and to showcase students’ talents.
The afternoon festivities started at 2:30 PM in the Lower Lounge of the Campus Center where there was a display of clothing and artifacts from around the world.
Students in the Women and Gender Studies Program presented the result of their research, including:
- Gina Giovannetti whose talk was titled “Malleus Maleficarum: The Historical Demonization and Unjust Persecution of Women Worldwide under the Guise of the Supernatural.”
- Maria Palma whose talk was titled “Romani Representation: A Modern Retelling of the Gypsy Woman.”
- Kevin Tieu whose talk was titled “Sexual Coercion in Marriage in Nepal.”
Next, members of the Global Student Club presented on the topic of “Disabilities.” Then Raj Desai, Director of the non-profit trade group TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), an organization that is dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship, presented on how TIE can assist in starting a company, and on how students can participate in their forthcoming conference.
Two students in the WVC Massage Therapy Program gave free neck massages; and students Will, Dominic and Tyler performed Jazz music. The grand finale, took place in the Theater; it consisted of performances by dancers and musicians, including the group Soft Paws, and special guests Nathan Sandoval, Paul Hastings, and Ayla.
Faculty members W. Clay and Karina Dundurs organized and led this project. At the end of the day, Karina said: “This was a meaningful event enjoyed and appreciated by students and faculty.” The GC Committee hopes that this will become a yearly event.