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A Semester in Review: Part One

  • A Semester in Review: Part One

The following blog post was written by Tahira Ebrahim, a Centre Liaison Officer at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.

The Intercultural Centre has wrapped up its first year at Bow Valley College. In total, we held 20 events from September to December, with over 1200 attendees. 

While all of our events have been a great success, the IC team wanted to share the top ten events from the fall of 2014. 

Here's a summary of the first five events that made our top ten list: 

Diversity Dialogues: with Ruth Fletcher and Dayn Hornberge, September 24

  • The purpose of this workshop was two-fold.  It offered participants an opportunity to learn about the College's Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, and it also provided learners in the Disability Studies program with relevant practices in accommodation in a post-secondary context.

Alberta Culture Days: September 26

  • The first event of its kind at the College, Alberta Culture Days was an initiative with the RGO Library and Learning Commons and the Iniikokaan Aboriginal Centre. It was one of the largest collaborative efforts that the IC has engaged in. There was a full day of events, including a talk by Aritha Van Herk and an hour of international dancers and singers. There was activity abound at the campus!

Communal Table: with Aviv Fried, September 30

  • It was exciting to host Aviv Fried, the owner of Sidewalk Citizen Bakery.  Unbeknownst to us, Aviv has quite a dedicated following of fans at Bow Valley College.   Besides learning about the unique benefits of artisanal bread, participants were able sample savoury and sweet items from Aviv’s bakery. 

Communal Table: with DAVID's Tea, October 22

  • This calming and invigorating session offered information on the sources and uses of tea from around the world.  Participants also learned about how to properly steep tea, so it doesn't burn   Practical, insightful, and delicious, this workshop was more than welcomed as the winter season is approaching!

Cultural Insights: with Ifeoma Ngwudike, October 30

  • Speaking to a full house of attendees, Ifeoma shared her journey about being raised in Nigeria, and then moving to Italy, and then finally settling in Canada.  Her thoughts and reflections on constantly migrating and settling, and the benefits of living within different cultural contexts was relevant to the many global citizens and newcomers in the audience. 

See Semester in Review: Part Two to learn about the remaining five events that made our top ten list.

What has been most meaningful to you?  Let us know in the comments below!