Title

Staff, students and community members celebrate the cultural diversity of Notre Dame

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 9-11-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place

Fremantle

Abstract

Asian cuisine, Henna painting, Indian music and the opportunity to dress up for ‘Sumo Wrestling’ were all part of celebrating this year’s Multicultural Day at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus.

Multicultural Day is part of a week of events for Multicultural Week that began on 8 September, running until 12 September 2008. It is celebrated annually by Notre Dame, with this year’s theme being Asia. Staff, students and community members were all invited to come together for the celebrations which also included information booths which highlighted Australian aid organisations’ efforts in Asia.

2nd year nursing student Anna Brain said she really enjoyed the events of the day.

“What a great idea to have a Multicultural Day at a University that is so diverse in nature. It was great to explore Asia’s wonders. The food was delicious, the music was wonderful and to top it off the activities were brilliant!”

Fayann D’Souza, an International student from Mumbai, India, who assisted with Multicultural Day said it was a great chance to meet new people and have all the different cultures coming together.

“I felt like I was sharing a part of who I am. I am Indian, so sharing my culture and cuisine was exciting to be a part of.”

The Multicultural Week celebrations were coordinated by the University’s Student Life Office and student volunteers from Notre Dame’s International Student Association. Michelle Gay, Notre Dame’s International Student Liaison and Housing Officer and organiser of the event, was very pleased at the turnout.

Multicultural Day was such a wonderful success. Seeing the hard-work that the international students put into the day and their faces during the events was very special. We just want to thank everyone who was involved in the planning and supporting of the day’s events. It turned out better than we could have imagined!”

Media contact:

Rebecca Cassidy 08 9433 0611, 0408 959 138