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Diversity & Inclusion: U.N. Day Tea Success

Several students with majors in Arts and Humanities participated in the recent U.N. Day Tea, a large annual multicultural event held on campus during Homecoming weekend. Every year since 1946, the Jones International House Program organizes the United Nations Day Tea, for which the international and American students living in the International House dress in traditional clothes to represent their cultural and also share their country, talent, and culture through performance. The performances this year ranged from song and dance to an original play.

Kaya Knox, Charles Harrell, Joel Julian Alcantar, Sean Godfrey, Sarah Stauch, and Alexzandria Quintero are students of the Jones International House Program who are pursuing CAH majors, and they performed at this year’s event, now in its 76th year.

“The UN Day Tea is an opportunity for us to work as a team to create something for the community during each homecoming weekend,” said Quintero, who is double-majoring in English and Spanish. “We get to know one another on another level as we make performance ideas a reality and practice at weekly rehearsals before presenting the final show to our family, friends, and guests. In learning and sharing each other’s culture, we’re not only appreciating it and each other, but we’re also creating memories that last long after U.N. Day Tea itself.”

With the students’ hard work, the 2022 UN Day Tea was a great success, being credited by several International House alumni and community members as “the best UN Day Tea thus far.”

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