Diversity Council Hosts Community Potluck

News  /  by Eden Fesseha '19 & Shaezmina Khan '19  /  October 07, 2016

This past Sunday, the Diversity Council, led by Coordinator of Intercultural Programs Tran Kim-Senior, hosted the second Annual Community Potluck in the Bath House. The event, which started at 5:30 PM and ended around 7:00 PM, featured foods prepared by students, faculty, and parents originating from many different countries around the world. In attendance were many members of the Lawrenceville community. Since last year, the event has become more popular and anticipated, as reflected in this years attendance; the Bath House was filled by the first hour.

Talking about the purpose of the event, Kim-Senior said, “We host the potluck to really celebrate our diversity and everyone who makes up our community, as food is one of those glues that brings people together. It is an opportunity for parents, students, staff, and faculty to meet one another, connect, and build bridges.” In effect, by sharing foods from their respective cultures, members of the community could come together and ultimately gain a newfound appreciation.

Sasha Syunkova ’17 of the Diversity Council echoed similar sentiments: “Events like these help the mixture of different cultures. The goal of DivCo is to bring a wide range of people, coming from different and diverse communities, in one room to share something dear to everyone.”

Nevertheless, traditional dishes originating from all parts of the world were present at the potluck, celebrating the various backgrounds of the student body. Foods like Turkish baklava, Indian masala bhat, Greek spanakopita, and Ethiopian misr wat are only a few of the delicious cuisines that were represented at the Community Potluck.

“This year’s potluck was a fantastic event, and a great kick off to the rest of our programming this year. We hope to continue hosting events that encourage members of the community to share different aspects of their identities, and what better way to start than with food, and integral element of so many cultures?” said Diversity Rep Chisom Ilogu ’17. “This event has grown so much since last year, and it definitely would not have possible without the commitment of Mrs. Kim-Senior and all the amazing chefs who contributed dishes.”