College offers a taste of global flavor to the community at annual Cultures Fair

Hesston College will host its annual Cultures Fair from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 4, in the Hesston Mennonite Church community center. Students representing 18 plus countries will prepare food, give presentations about their countries of origin and offer performances reflecting their global roots.

This event gives the broader community an opportunity to sample the global flavor represented by the countries on campus. With students from Myanmar to Albania to the Dominican Republic, the Hesston College student body embodies robust diversity. “It’s incredibly rare to have so many different cultures in one place where we can speak deeply to others about their way of life and what they’ve learned from coming to Kansas,” said Gretchen Gier, international student support coordinator.

The Cultures Fair is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of cultures that are interwoven into the Hesston College experience. For the fall 2022 semester, international students represent 18 percent of the total student population at Hesston.

This event is free and open to everyone. “I am most looking forward to the community of Hesston getting to meet the new students who arrived in August,” said Gier. “We get to learn from one another, share ideas, and see the beauty in another’s lifestyle. It’s very special.”