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Different cultures under one roof

By Melissa Wray
On April 18, 2013

Students, faculty and staff at the University of Memphis who have a taste for foreign cuisine, music and free t-shirts have an opportunity to satisfy all three desires this weekend-free of charge.
Tomorrow, the Student Government Association and the Office of Multicultural Affairs will play host to the Multicultural Affairs Festival from noon to 2 p.m. on the U of M's student plaza.
Twenty-five cultural-based organizations from both inside and outside the U of M will be there to show visitors the meanings behind their cultures and help promote a safer environment for cultural learning, as well as increase an enthusiasm to promote more culturally centered events.
In addition to the various cultures being represented, graduate assistant Srividya Kalidindi mentioned that there will be plenty of dance performances.
"We have performances from all cultures, such as Asian, Persian and Native Americans," she said. "We even have an African hip-hop group coming in to perform."
The purpose of the festival, according to Kalidindi, is to celebrate diversity at the U of M and to give people a chance to learn tolerance of other cultures.
However, multicultural affairs coordinator Linda Hall said people should not only be culturally tolerant, but they should embrace the diversity as well.
"If one embraces the differences of another culture, that's considered an education for them," she said.

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