Carpe Diem Oct. 24 Celebrates Diversity at Southeast

Southeast Missouri State University’s annual Carpe Diem festival celebrates cultural diversity.

Southeast Missouri State University’s annual Carpe Diem festival celebrates cultural diversity.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 7, 2015 – Southeast Missouri State University’s annual Carpe Diem festival celebrating cultural diversity is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, in the Student Recreation Center-North.

Carpe Diem is a multicultural program organized by the Office of Residence Life to showcase the multicultural ethnicity of its students featuring traditional dances, music, food and educational exchange.

The event is open to all Southeast students, faculty and staff, family members and friends. Admission is free.

This year’s event will feature an international bazaar where various student organizations will have displays representative of their country. The hope is attendees will feel like they’ve entered a different country, said Gwendolyn Duncan, coordinator of administrative operations in the Office of Residence Life.

“We hope people get the opportunity to learn about the different cultures and walk away with a better understanding about each other’s backgrounds to facilitate a greater understanding between our cultures even though we communicate differently,” said Duncan.

Carpe Diem resonates with the University’s efforts to embrace a diversified campus community, explained Duncan.

“We are the fabric of the campus and we can come together and celebrate our blended existence here at Southeast,” she said, adding all members of the campus are part of the Southeast family.

Students have their names written in different languages at Southeast’s 2014 Carpe Diem festival.

Students have their names written in different languages at Southeast’s 2014 Carpe Diem festival.

Other activities will include dynamic music, dance performances by traditional ethnic artists, world music favorites and cuisines from around the world. Information will also be available on Southeast’s study abroad programs.

For more information, contact the Office of Residence Life at (573) 651-2274 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1648694472074697/