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Celebrating International at 34th Expo and Cultural Fashion Show

Celebrating International at 34th Expo and Cultural Fashion Show

The University of San Diego is an institution of higher education that is less than 25 miles from the Mexico border. The university is ranked No. 1 in the nation for undergraduate study abroad participation percentage. Graduate students have multiple opportunities to travel, work with international companies and organizations to gain a better cultural perspective and to be a more productive global citizen.

But what about the USD campus? There are plenty of opportunities to go international without ever leaving campus. At the behest of university co-founder Mother Rosalie Hill, all USD buildings have the cohesive features found in 16th century Spanish Renaissance architecture. The International Student Organization hosts a Coffee Hour each Thursday during Torero Hours on the SLP's third floor. International guest speakers give lectures throughout the school year. USD hosts an International Education Week each November to  celebrate faculty work internationally and international faculty who share their experiences and much more.

ISO Expo-Fashion Show 2019

But if there's one event that provides the ultimate in global learning and appreciation for everyone in the world, the place to be each spring on the USD campus is the International Expo and Cultural Fashion Show, co-hosted by the International Center and Associated Students and organized by the International Student Organization (ISO).

On March 22, the 34th annual expo and fashion show took place in the Hahn University Center Forums. ISO executive board members Vijay Patel and Estefania Martinez served as co-emcees. It was a night filled with cultural music and dance performances, a delicious international buffet menu and multicultural fashions modeled by USD students — many of whom were international students who were able to represent either their own country or enjoyed wearing fashions from a different country — and staff. Oh, and it was all free.

The evening began with dinner featuring food from local international-themed restaurants such as Super Cocina (Mexican), Andres (Cuban and Puerto Rican), Tandoori House (Indian), Corner Cafe (Chinese), Aladdin (Mediterranean) and desserts from Cakey Bakey (Persian).

As guests filled their plates, cultural performances were introduced from almost each part of the world. The performances were followed by a fashion display by men and women representing numerous countries. Irish dances, featuring local school children, opened the festivities and was followed by a European Expo that also included a Flamenco Dance performance by local artists. Africa and Asia Expos followed before a Brazilian acoustic guitar performance by Rodrigo Villela Parcias served as an introduction for The Americas Expo. A Middle Eastern music performance by Abdullah Sultan, playing an oud, led to the Middle Eastern Expo traditional fashions.

The night closed with one final viewing of all fashion models together. It was a sight to behold seeing so many smiles on the faces of so many USD students representing so many countries and doing it in a fun-filled, enjoyable atmosphere.

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