JACKSON TWP. The second annual Global Gateway Day was held at Kent State Stark on June 10. Area residents were invited to experience international food, activities and entertainment at the family friendly program.
Authentic food samples represented foods from the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, West Africa and Southeast Asia. Live cultural performances included a Chinese Dragon Dance, salsa dancing and an African drum and dance interactive performance.
A Henna tattoo artist had a long line of people who wanted to get a free temporary tattoo. There was an origami table setup where kids and adults could make a variety of origami projects. Plus, a gallery of photos from Kent State’s study abroad program was set up for viewing along with a world landmark photo booth.
Sarah Schmidt is the outreach program coordinator for the Global Education Initiatives. She said the day is meant to build awareness of other cultures.
"The day is meant to engage the community as the Kent Stark campus becomes more international, these types of exchanges help grow understanding and foster global citizens," Schmidt said. "There are four regions represented here today, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, West Africa and Southeast Asia. This is a student involved event where international students helped in planning and with the international menu."
Schmidt said many of the international students at Kent State at Stark attend through the exchange student program from mostly China and Brazil. The campus is expecting 35 new exchange students for the fall semester.
Kent State at Stark President Denise A. Seachrist, wrote in a published statement, "A key initiative of Kent State Stark is to expand opportunities for students and to Stark County families to engage in global citizenship and participate in cultural events through our campus."