The Medical Education Campus (MEC) Multicultural Education Week, spearheaded by Student Life and a few student clubs and organizations, coincided with the celebration of the National Library Week this year.
Among the events planned, the MEC Library hosted its annual Student Breakfast on April 10 to kick-off the Library Week. They also sponsored a button designing contest, lunchtime games and selfies with Sam the Skeleton, while the Student Occupational Therapist Assistant Club welcomed spring and made pink and green cotton. The Student Government Association hosted an egg hunt around campus for candy-filled eggs and a grand prize egg, and the Dental Hygiene Club (DNH) celebrated the Middle East culture through a Henna Tattoo Party.
While having fun and fundraising for their respective clubs, the week also focused on education as one of the greatest investments and appreciation for other cultures. The festivities included trivia questions about the world by Student Life, information on oral cancer prevention by DNH, a presentation slide show on what does health care look like in other countries to include cultural awareness by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Club, and the direct connection on diversity, health and well-being facilitated by MEC Care Counselor Tonda Shine.
The biggest attractions were the international feast luncheon with dishes from Afghanistan, China, the Caribbean, Peru, Japan, Thailand, India, Ethiopia, Pakistan and amazing French pastries, and the presentation on “A Fulbright Experience on Disseminating Knowledge, Empowering Students and Promoting the Image of Nursing Internationally in a Resource-Limited Setting” by Dr. Fonya Atabong. Atabong is full-time MEC nursing professor, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) advisor and cultural ambassador selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach and mentor nursing and public health students as well as faculty at the University of Buea (Cameroon).
It was a successful week full of fun and educational activities!