This past week was Residential Dining’s 360 week. The special event is put on in partnership with Purdue 360, an on-campus organization focused on solving issues of diversity and inclusion at Purdue. The organization was founded in 2013, and puts on events that promote learning and conversation about a range of topics, like mental health, environmentalism, and cultural awareness, to name a few.
The Purdue Dining & Catering contribution to this initiative involves a week of multicultural food. This not only allows local students to try foods that are new to them, but gives international students a taste of home. Food is a great bonding agent, and enjoying food from another culture is one of the easiest ways to begin exploring beyond your own understanding of the world.
On each day this week, a different dining court served food during dinner inspired by a variety of cultures. On Monday, Windsor served African cuisine like African Chicken Peanut Stew and Curried Corn Kenya. Tuesday featured Brazilian food at Wiley like Pao de Queijo Cheese Bread and Carambola Starfruit. Earhart provided Wednesday’s German dinner, with Beef Short Ribs in Plum Sauce, Sauerkraut and Bratapfel Baked Apple for dessert. Thursday was Hillenbrand’s night, and the Italian cuisine ranged from Spaghetti to Pasta Fagioli Soup to Cream Filled Cannolis. On Friday, Ford finished out the week with a Mexican meal, with items like Jicama Cilantro Slaw and Mexican Hot Cocoa.
This exciting range of foods is just a small piece of the diverse cultural resources at Purdue. Clubs and Cultural Centers are constantly putting on different events to help the Purdue Community learn about the incredible range of students that currently call Purdue home. A great way to keep track of this is to check out Boilerlink, or just keep your eye out for posters and flyers around campus for upcoming events!
Do you know of any cool cultural events coming up? Let us know!
See you next week!
Sarah & Amanda