Global Festival Celebrates a Diverse TWC

Global Festival Celebrates a Diverse TWC

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Christian Holm
November 11, 2014

Aromas of foods from around the world floated through The Washington Center’s Residential and Academic Facility on Friday, Nov. 6 as students and staff celebrated Global Citizenship Day.


More than 150 students from more than 15 countries represented their native cultures, sharing food, culture and tradition with the TWC community. Later in the evening, students showcased their non-culinary talents in an exhibition of traditional song and dance.


Nearly one third of the fall 2014 student population hails from a foreign country, so it’s hard to overlook a rooted global presence within the TWC community.


Earlier in the day, Gary Marx, president of the Center for Public Outreach, kicked off Global Citizenship Day with a presentation about what life may look like in an increasingly global world. Marx’s projection suggested aging societies, growing wealth among developing countries and challenges associated with these trends – which will lead younger generations to assume a huge leadership gap within the next several decades.


Marx holds a special interest in millennials – the demographic group representing people born between the 1980s and early 2000s into which most TWC students fall.


“You, the millennials, are our future. What you are doing here at TWC is essential to our future. It’s essential to our survival,” he said.


Following the presentation, students spent the morning in small groups to discuss various international issues.


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