The Campus Activities Board and Residential Hall Association have joined forces to present the inaugural World Fair, “an open-air market with food and activities from all corners of the globe.”
The event will take place on Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m. at O'Neill Plaza and will feature many of BC’s cultural clubs, including the Taiwanese Cultural Organization, Mexican Association of Students, and African Students Organization. It sounds cool, the poster for the event looks cool, but what actually is it?
Alycia Kent, CAB’s director of campus engagement, said the fair was inspired by Night Market, an annual event hosted by the Southeast Asian Student Association, the Vietnamese Student Association, and the Philippine Society of Boston College.
Recent demands for diversity on campus acted as the catalyst for making the event happen, including movements like the recently circulated "Race Against Racism." Nick Valiton, assistant director of campus engagement, recognized the need to enact some of the short-term and long-term goals mentioned in CAB's own Race Against Race campaign.
“It’s just time. Enough is enough,” Valiton said.
The event seeks to help BC appreciate all of the diverse and exciting cultures represented on campus. To remember their "world" travels, BC students will receive a postcard that can be stamped at each booth they explore.
Some booths will serve food—empanadas from the Cuban-American Students Association and Diri ak djon djon from the Haitian Association. Others will offer fun activities, like bocce ball with the French Club and Il Circolo Italiano.
Even though the event is hosted by CAB and RHA, they want the focus to remain on the clubs.
“The event will give smaller clubs with fewer resources and reach the means to do what they already do, but on a larger stage,” Valiton said.
CAB hopes to make their World Fair an annual event and feels confident about it, considering the momentum and excitement behind the movement. Of course, they need BC students to show up and support the African Students Organization, Arab Students Association, Armenian Society, Cuban-American Students Association, Dominican Association of Boston College, Eagles for Israel, French Club, Haitian Association, Hellenic Society, Il Circolo Italiano, Korean Students Association, Mexican Association of Students, Organization of Latin American Affairs, Slavic Club, and Taiwanese Cultural Organization.