'Celebrating Differences' night of entertainment, food, music is Friday

'Celebrating Differences' night of entertainment, food, music is Friday

Hana and a host of UST clubs and organizations listed below will host "Celebrating Differences," an event that will focus on the St. Thomas community. All students, staff, faculty, families, friends and neighbors are invited to come together in celebrating the differences of each and every person through creative performances.

"Celebrating Differences" will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, in O'Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium.

This free event will be filled with entertainment, a variety of international food and education. It will be for all people, and the performances will be from many cultures. The mostly student and alumni performers will wear colorful costumes as they dance, act and entertain with games and music throughout the event.

Questions? E-mail Fabian Deloach, Hana president.

'Celebrating Differences' is a collaboration
In an effort to unite the St. Thomas community, Hana, which means "family" in Hawaiian and "one" in Korean, invited all student groups to a series of meetings to discuss the concept of celebrating differences. All students clubs and organizations were invited.

It was imperative that "Celebrating Differences" be a collaborative effort and not just the production of one group. The numbers of student representatives from a variety of clubs grew with each meeting. Soon Hana had a solid base of groups eager to participate. The concepts of cultural awareness, collaboration among student groups, a lasting and binding tradition, and community solidarity became the students' goals.

The clubs and organizations that worked together to plan and sponsor "Celebrating Differences" are:

  • ANSA (African Nations Students Association)
  • Club De Espanol
  • GMSA (Globally Minded Student Association)
  • Hana
  • Japanese Club
  • ODK (Omicron Delta Kappa honor society)
  • SAC (Student Alumni Council)
  • Shotokan Karate Club
  • STAR (St. Thomas Activities and Recreation)
  • St. Thomas Dance Club
  • USG (Undergraduate Student Government)

For more information, e-mail Deloach.