International night promotes diversity at MU

A multitude of students, all with different backgrounds and ethnicities, filled the seats of Jesse Hall Auditorium all eager to attend MU’s International Night, Saturday, March 8, 2014. The event is held every year free of charge by the MSA GPC International Programming Committee in order to give students the opportunity to experience various cultures represented on campus.

People of all ages and cultures were in attendance including Megan Leong, age 26, who has been coming to the event for several years.

“I think it’s important because it creates awareness of other cultures that are represented here,” Leong said. “I think especially in the Midwest the majority culture is usually well represented so to have a night where others are able to demonstrate culture is really cool.”

The event lasted almost two hours and showcased the wide-variety of diversity across MU’s campus. Each group was given a set period of time throughout the night to demonstrate an exciting, yet informative overview of their culture through different performances. Performances included skits, dance numbers, and musical pieces.

Danna Sumbillo, a freshman at MU, emphasized the positive impact International Night had on her. Sumbillo is Filipino, and while she has lived in the U.S. for the majority of her life, she still practices aspects of her Filipino culture in her day-to-day activities.

“For me, the event was a kind of breath of fresh air,” Sumbillo said. “It’s so nice to see all of Mizzou’s minority groups represented in one place, interacting and respecting each other’s culture.”

After her attendance of the event, Sumbillo said she hoped to become more involved in MU’s international organizations to relay her experiences to fellow students.

“It makes me proud to be a tiger,” Sumbillo said. “I know that during my time here I can express my Filipino heritage and not be judged or made fun of. So, for that, I know that there’s no place I would rather spend the next three years.”

Betty Thomas

About the Author Betty Thomas

Agriculture began to influence my life at a young age. My father is a sixth-generation farmer, so it only seems right to pass on the tradition. I’m from a small, rural community where a large portion of the local economy is centered around agriculture. I was born and raised on a farm outside of Oakford, Ill., and wouldn’t have had it any other way. A friend took a college visit to the University of Missouri one weekend, and I decided to tag along. I immediately fell in love with the hospitality and beauty of the campus. With such a strong agricultural school and journalism school it seemed to be the perfect fit. Looking back there is no place I would rather call home.