International students shared their cultural heritage with the Eller community at an annual event hosted by the International Working Group this November. The potluck dinner featured dishes from around the world.
“The International Business Working Group began hosting the dinners six or seven years ago,” says Kristina Cook, MBA program director, “but it’s really taken off over the last three or four years. It used to be at someone’s house, but now it takes up the Estes Atrium here at McClelland Hall.”
The event is open to the entire Eller community — in addition to Eller MBAs, master’s students in MIS and finance also share their cultures and national dishes with their domestic counterparts. This year, attendees sampled maffe tiga from Guinea, idly sambhar from southern India, redang from Indonesia, and chicken curry from Nepal.
“It’s really great to see how the students embrace each others’ cultures and foods,” says Cook. “The international students are so far from home, and this is a way they can share some of the food and customs they miss and connect with each other in the process.”
Several brave students also performed for their classmates — the evening’s entertainment included a circle-based salsa dance called the Rueda, a solo keyboard performance with a Chinese song, an Indian dance, and musical performance by MBA students calling themselves Rage Against the Case Study.