By Wendy Sarubbi | March 5, 2012 2:05 pm

The College of Medicine’s heritage spans the globe and at Multicultural Day on February 3, students, faculty and staff members celebrated and shared their diverse backgrounds.

Participants dined on foods from across the world, were entertained by music and dancing and even dressed in costumes to reflect their heritage. They also placed a pin to mark that country of their heritage. The huge world map, displayed in the College of Medicine lobby, marks locations from Florida to Asia, Italy to Africa.

“Our heritage certainly spans the globe,” Dr. Lisa Barkley, assistant dean of diversity and inclusion, said as she welcomed the crowd.

Participants competed in a worldwide trivia contest and a cooking competition for the college’s favorite international entrée and dessert. Public Services Librarian Shalu Gillum wowed the judges with pistachio ice cream from India to win the Best Dessert Award. And M-1 student Eimon Lee took best entrée honors for her coconut soup.

At evening’s end, M-2 student Avianne Mills and her partner Oscar Ramos drew cheers and applause with their salsa dancing performance.


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