Students, faculty and citizens gathered to celebrate the everyday diversity that walks among the campus of Texas A&M University Kingsville that forms the student body. Almost 100 people were in attendance of Window on the World, the event put on by Student Activities held on World Peace Day Sept. 21.
The event which had a turnout of about 100 attendees was open to the public and provided food samples from around the world along with entertainment one normally would not be able to witness in this Country. This is the fourth time W.O.W has been held since the spring of 2013. Usually held late at the end of Sept. or early Nov. W.O.W was pushed forward to be held on the exact date of World Peace Day.
“We are able to encourage family to come and include our community family. Javelina Nation extends to more than our students.” Elizabeth Laurence the Intercultural Programming Coordinator said of what this event means to our TAMUK community.
Middle Schoolers from Santa Gertrudis performed a Philippian folklore dance called Tininkling to kick off W.O.W. Through the rest of the event students from different countries performed different acts of entertainment from poetry, musical pieces to various dance numbers while information and pictures from their home countries were displayed on monitors throughout the MSUB Ballroom.
Alex Solis a freshman from TAMUK “really enjoyed the Persian poet. It was my favorite part of tonight.” Solis commented on his most enjoyable aspect of the W.O.W event.
Kaina Martinez one of the emcees of the W.O.W event was proud to be able to be a part of an event like this on campus. “There is beauty in differences, It’s awesome that you can see many cultures all here in one place being presented.” Martinez spoke on how great events like W.O.W are.
Many different cultures were presented throughout the night for the audience to enjoy and possibly learn new information about places and cultures they have never heard of.
“This event opens people’s eyes to the world and creates a reciprocal relationship, in addition of giving opportunities for them to see cultures from across the world.” Laurence said of the purpose and importance of the W.O.W event.