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Cultural event offers international perspective

ORU will host the 16th annual cultural event: A Global Celebration on Feb. 27.

“In this event we have the opportunity for the whole community to celebrate diversity. This is not about having one month or time of the year allocated for celebration,” said ORU International Center Director Marcela Chaván. “It’s about celebrating the manifestation of processes that happen throughout the year and appreciating the richness of cultures.”

“Although it may seem distant throughout our daily lives, in our daily interactions, we are involved in the global scene with different elements from economics, politics and culture,” said Chaván.

The event begins at 6 p.m. It will be a night full of food, performance and interaction demonstrating cultural appreciation.

Dr. Sherri Jones Tapp, professor in the ORU Graduate School of Education, has orchestrated the event for the past five years. She returns with enthusiasm and high expectations for this year’s event.

“The event has gotten bigger and better every year. I’m amazed at what people will do when given the opportunity. The cultural event gives people the chance to share culture, heritage and celebrate God’s creativity all in one place,” Tapp said. “I consider it a launching pad for important discussions that we need to have, based in a foundation of love, acceptance, peace and unity.”

Tapp is receiving support from Chaván, Student Experience Director Aaron Brown, Student Association President Zay Williams and students from the colleges of nursing and education.

Tapp said she still needs volunteers, especially in the area of international cuisine.

“One of the things we stress in the event is for people having the opportunity to taste and sample foods from literally all over the world,” said Tapp. “We have food coming [from] students from the Caribbean, German food, Mexican food, Chinese food, Burmese food, Thai food and much more. We still have room for more food.”

The Global Celebration is open to everyone in the Tulsa community.

“We have international praise teams coming from Victory International and Native praise teams from the Muskogee Creek Nation,” Tapp said.

ORU students will attend in their native attire, and individuals from the community are encouraged to don their own cultural dress for the event.

ORU students may have the opportunity to receive extra credit for attending, and dependent on professors.

“For the first time this year, we will have door prizes available to those who attend from movie theaters, restaurants. Come see what else,” Tapp said. “I would encourage people who really want to see what it looks like when all God’s people of different hues and talents, gifts and abilities come together for one night of joyful celebration in a place that’s not scary.”

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