February 20, 2012
International-Fair

International Fair in Fort Collins Celebrates Diverse Heritages

Last year I found myself dancing to Thai music in the middle of the Longs Peak Student Center along with students, faculty, and staff – not an everyday occurrence. Front Range students from Thailand were sharing music and dance from their country with us at the International Fair.

I am not as much of a traveler as I would like to be. So, for me, the fair provided a wealth of new experiences. I loved watching participants’ faces light up as they shared with us the depths of who they really are.

Expand Your World at the International Fair.

Every year Front Range hosts an International Fair at the Larimer Campus in Fort Collins, during which time students, faculty, and staff have the incredible opportunity to share their unique culture with everyone; it’s like traveling the world in only a few hours! Participants at the International Fair share music, artifacts, food, clothing, and traditions that they grew up with. The student center becomes abuzz with bright colors, smells, and sounds. It’s a great way for the campus community to connect to other members on a deeper, more personal level.

FRCC Students Organize the International Fair.

In Student Life, we love to encourage students to get involved in their campus through clubs, service learning, programming, student government, any way and every way that they want to. In the fall, we were approached by the Latino Club, which wanted to take on the responsibility for planning the International Fair.  This is a huge undertaking, and the idea that students wanted to take it on is admirable and very exciting! This will truly be an event for the campus community put on by the students of FRCC.

How Can I Get Involved with the International Fair?

If you are a member of the FRCC community and would like to celebrate your heritage, please contact the Latino Club Advisor Diana Ragin.

This year’s International Fair is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Longs Peak Student Center. The fair is free and open to the public.

If you’ve been the fair before, what was the best part for you? Tell us in the comments below.

About the author:

Gwen Garrison is the Conference Services Coordinator in the Office of Student Life on the Larimer Campus of Front Range Community College. She enjoys watching stand-up comedy and football, reading fashion magazines, and getting her daily Mountain Dew fix.