The Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy hosted a free public international extravaganza March 12 to promote cultural awareness within the college and throughout the community.

The event was coordinated through a student cultural diversity committee, and many cultures were represented – Europe, Asia, India, the Islands and Mexico/South America. Each area offered food tastings along with various games and activities relevant to their culture. There also was belly dancing by the Texas Gypsys, music by Mariachi de Sol, and an Indian song by Dr. Jayshree Mishra and Dr. Narendra Kumar. Attendees participated in a cultural attire contest, piñata bashing, international rubber ducky race and several photo opportunities.

“The overall goal of this event was to expose the residents of Kingsville and nearby cities to different cultural activities around the world,” said Linh Le, third-year pharmacy student and chair of the student cultural diversity committee at the TAMHSC-Rangel College of Pharmacy. “It is important to promote diversity and bring cultural awareness to the community because many people do not have opportunities to travel the world. Our college of pharmacy is so diverse in its population, and we are therefore able to bring this experience to the community and hope it becomes a local tradition.”

Assistance included a grant from Walgreens, promotion and a live event remote from 92.7 KBAY-FM, and continual event broadcast to the public by KING Channel 69.

To view photos from this event, please visit our facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=59705&id=107015669326493

— Andrew Ramirez