If ever the thought crossed your mind that BYU-I lacks diversity, think again. Because you may have missed out on the delicious and fun Students Associations Cultural Food Night in the Crossroads on Friday night.
Association members bustled around in traditional costumes, while students and faculty came to relax and enjoy the evening. I got the chance to check out the scene.
Behind me, students are bustling from table to table, sampling cuisine from around the world. Many nations and cultures are being represented tonight, but one thing’s for sure—no matter where you go, you’re sure to find something delicious.
But students didn’t just come to eat. This night had much more to offer. And I asked around to get the full scoop. I wanted to find out what about the night’s event had people wanting to participate?
Said student Shannon, “My roommate is performing in the Polynesian Association, and I came to check out the Native American Association. So yeah, I just wanted to see what’s going on in school.”
Said Bradley of the Polish Association, “It’s just a gro of people coming together that are appreciating different cultures and different ideas or views. So it’s just an intricate activity.”
Added Jennifer of the Native American Heritage Association, “I think right now, it’s just a great time for us to share our culture with the BYU-I community. And as Native Americans, I think it’s also for us to show a lot of similarities that are present in our culture and what’s present in the Gospel culture as well.”
Later that evening, Jared performed an Apache Hoop Dance on the Crossroads stage. He was preceded and followed by many other cultural acts and fascinating performances that kept the crowd cheering in appreciation. Acts were performed by the African, Polynesian, Hmong, Korean, Latin American, and other cultural associations.
Cultural diversity seems to be alive and well at BYU Idaho, and many had the chance to witness that this evening. For some, it meant sharing a piece of who they are. For others, it meant peering outside their own cultural box. Either way, it was a popular choice in how to spend Friday night.