By Wendy Sarubbi | January 23, 2012 12:31 pm

The UCF College of Medicine will hold its third annual Multicultural Celebration February 3 in the medical education building’s atrium.

Native food, traditional dress, music and dancing are some of the ways different cultures will be celebrated, said M-1 student Morgan Stines, one of the event organizers.

“There will also be a trivia game and a large map where everyone can indicate where they are from,” Morgan said.

A highlight will be the showing of a video where students, staff and faculty talk about why diversity is important, Morgan said. In the week before the event, a camera will be set up in the Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library for people to record their stories.

Last year, participants were entertained by the classical guitar playing of Dr. Juan Cendan, assistant dean and medical director of the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, and dined on an international feast that included beef samosa from India, Philippine noodles, smoked salmon, grilled eggplant salad and che dau – a sweet rice and bean desert from Vietnam.

“Diversity and inclusion are core values at the College of Medicine,” explained Dr. Deborah German, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the medical school. “I would like all members of our college to delight in our differences.”


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