Diversity Week: comedian, sushi, henna tattoos


The atrium in Lindenwood’s Evans Commons is lined with flags from around the world. There is a flag for each country represented in the university’s student body.
Photo by Romane Donadini


The second annual Diversity Week kicks off Monday, and students will be able to try activities — from writing Chinese calligraphy to sampling sushi —  which highlight some of the different cultures at Lindenwood.

“The amount of different cultures you get to experience here at Lindenwood is so vast and various that it just deserves to be looked at further so we can really appreciate them,” said Ashleigh Calloway, an event coordinator for Diversity Week 

Calloway, a volunteer for last year’s events, said they’ve expanded the variety of events they will have to include a broader number of people.

On Monday students can learn how to write traditional Chinese calligraphy and become more aware of Chinese culture. The event will be hosted by the International Student Fellowship and will be located right outside the Spellmann cafeteria.

On Tuesday, there will be a screening of “Stonewall,” a movie about a gay teenager coming of age during the 1960s. This is to celebrate the LGBT community and to learn about its struggle. This event will be at 7 p.m. in the Anheuser-Busch Leadership Room.

At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, a walk-up sushi bar will be outside of the Spellmann cafeteria, where students can enjoy Japanese food and culture.

Thursday, comedian Sydney Adeniyi, hosted by ISF, will perform. Adeniyi is a Nigerian-American comedian, who uses his sarcasm and wit to entertain and relate to the audience. Students can see him at 7 p.m. in the Anheuser-Busch Leadership room.

Friday will be a celebration of Indian and Middle Eastern culture with a professional henna tattoo artist, who will be giving traditional temporary tattoos and teaching of the history behind it. She will be in Spellmann from 11 a.m to 1 p.m, right outside the cafeteria.

Calloway and Lisa Kitchen, the students in charge of this event, are very excited to see a lot of people come out and experience cultures different from their own.

“One thing that is really fun is that you get to take something away, and at each event you learn a little something about each culture as well as have a good time,” Calloway said.

Diversity Week encourages students to learn more about other cultures and incorporate them into their daily lives.