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Chancellor’s Holiday Tea – Environment for Cultural Inclusion

December 2nd, 2013 · No Comments · News

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UMKC continues to grow – more buildings, more classrooms and more international students interested in sharing their history and culture.


Students – both domestic and international – will again share through song and dance at the 2013 Chancellor’s Holiday Tea, which will take place from 4 – 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9 in Pierson Auditorium. They include American, Indian, Kenyan, Brazilian and Saudi students.

“I believe that this event is valuable to everyone because it creates an environment for cultural inclusion on campus and gives students the opportunity to share with the UMKC community important events and facts about their country,” said Di-Tu Dissassa. “Each student who is working with this project is excited about presenting their heritage to campus and hopes to foster a better understanding about their culture.”

Dissassa is a coordinator for the event and a graduate student at the UMKC School of Education, majoring in educational administration, higher education.

An addition to this year’s celebration will be booths from various locations – Kenya, Mexico, Somalia, Bangladesh and Saudi, as well as Mehndi (a cone-shaped tube of paste that is made into designs for men and women) and Dia de los Reyes (The Day of Kings) booths.

A video overview will run at the Hospital Hill holiday tea, which will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Diastole Scholars’ Center.

During the summer of 2012, students expressed a desire to create an inclusive celebrating – to connect international holiday celebrations with American cultures. The first celebration included ethnic food, dress and customs.