The MICDS campus buzzed with excitement as students, faculty and parents celebrated our School’s rich cultural diversity during the International Expo on February 3. Organized by the Upper School International Council and the MICDS Parents Association, the International Expo’s mission is to promote, honor and celebrate diversity with a multicultural family fun event to help our students embrace all the world’s people with compassion.
Mission accomplished! The MICDS community united to learn about cultures and traditions from their peers through cultural performances, interactive activities, educational displays, artifacts and food tastings from 47 different countries and regions. Erin Hamill, Director of International Programs and Expo Faculty Sponsor, said “It’s a wonderful opportunity to share so many of our cultures represented here at MICDS.”
Students of all ages enjoyed the event. Annie Cohen ‘17 said, “We’re so fortunate to have such a diverse and international community at this school, and to see that in action is really cool.” Zion Harrell ‘23 loved the food, noting, “The Swedish chocolate was really good.” Even our youngest students embraced the day. Alexis and Caryl Essman ‘30 commented, “We like to learn about our classmates.”
Mini Kumar, Parents Association Expo Committee member, said “It’s really important for the kids to know that there are so many people all over the world that are not going to look like them. They’re not always going to talk like them. They’re not going to always think like them. And it’s really important to have an open mind.”
“We’re so fortunate to have such a diverse and international community at this school.”
-Annie Cohen ‘17
This year’s Expo began with a ‘Parade of Nations’ by MICDS students and parent ambassadors in front of a packed audience in Mary Eliot Chapel, followed by a series of cultural performances from around the world. Attendees then made their way to the gym, which had been transformed into a “world tour” exhibit hall–a kaleidoscope of different sights, sounds, tastes and activities. Visitors inspected artifacts and sampled delicious foods and drinks while learning about cultural traditions from the parent, student, or faculty ambassador. The event rounded out with arts and crafts, dance demonstrations and a photo booth. All told, everyone emerged from this event with an even greater appreciation of the remarkable diversity that exists right here on our own MICDS campus.
Check out our photo booth photos here!