The Dean Bergeron International Relations Club (IRC) hosted a culturally rich, semi-formal event called Global Fest on a Saturday night in December.
Global Fest was the first initiative launched by the IRC to promote cultural diversity, engage international students and raise UMass Lowell student awareness about international affairs.
Many other student organizations such as the Political Science Club, Latin American Student Association, International Students Organization and Association of Students of African Origin collaborated with the IRC to bring this effort to fruition.
Despite a constant and heavy snowstorm that prevented most commuter students from attending, approximately 35 students turned out. While many dressed in semi-formal attire, some wore their national costumes such as Burmese, Cambodian and Indian making for a colorful and dynamic event. Dancing, free food and drinks and lively music entertained the crowd until well past midnight.
One student said, “This was just what I needed to end the semester and the coconut squares were delicious.”
Manasa Kamineni, president of IRC and the event’s main organizer, said, “The concept was brilliant and I'd really like to see it become an annual event.”
Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung, associate professor of political science and faculty adviser to the IRC, attended the event with her husband and three Burmese secondary students.
“I never cease to be amazed by the creative ideas, caliber and dedication I find among our students on this campus,” she said. “They have yet again demonstrated their ability to excel, despite limited resources and adverse circumstances.”
Global Fest is the IRC’s last fundraising event for 2009.