Event helps with cultural gap

Feb. 27, 2013 @ 04:34 AM

We live in a world that most of us in Rutherford County will never have the ability to fully explore.

If you look at a globe or map of the world you will see hundreds of countries scattered throughout. Some are big and some are barely a speck.

Each of those countries have their own customs, cultures and special things they can add to the world as a whole.

On Tuesday, students at Isothermal Community College received a slight taste of different international cultures during its Cultural Awareness and Diversity Day.

ICC’s Student Government Association and the Team for the Advancement of Learning College Cultural Events Task Force sponsored the event that included a panel of students who shared their culture with fellow classmates.

“I see that we have many students on campus that are from other countries. I wanted to give them the opportunity to share the challenges they faced when they came here,” said Ruth Colnot, student activities coordinator.

Students from countries like Ireland, Brazil, Cuba, Pakistan, El Salvador and Mexico addressed the audience regarding family, education and differences in culture.

Spanish instructor Maria Bivins utilized Skype to communicate with college students in Costa Rica during the event.

Events like this are important as we try to cross the cultural divide between our world in Rutherford County and those that span the globe, just as Bivins said in a story in today’s issue of The Daily Courier.

College students have the opportunity to broaden their cultural horizons through study abroad programs and different classes.

But it remains important for all of us to understand different cultures as well as differences in education.

We applaud ICC, the Student Government Association and the Team for the Advancement of Learning College Cultural Events Task Force for their efforts in putting on an event that allows students to better understand the customs and cultures of other countries.

We hope, in the future, that those that don’t attend ICC take the opportunity to expand their learning with programs such as the Cultural Awareness and Diversity Day.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board


The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark.