SHIPPENSBURG — This year’s Ship World Party, an annual event at Shippensburg University that brings together different cultures, will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Tuscarora Room at Reisner Dining Hall.
Held in conjunction with International Education Week, the event is open to the public and for people of all ages. There will be displays, dancing and samplings of foods from around the world, as well as children’s activities, including face painting, a piñata and origami.
“We encourage children, as well as older adults, to attend,” said Kelly Goodwin, a Shippensburg University student and Ship World Party spokesman. “The community in Shippensburg and surrounding areas is lacking in diversity and cultural awareness, and the goal of the Ship World Party is to bring cultures together to learn about different cultures in a fun way.”
Goodwin said volunteers from campus clubs will set up display tables and talk with visitors about the countries they represent. More than a dozen countries — like Trinidad, Puerto Rico and Africa — will be included.
Food from those countries will also be prepared for the event, and performers will demonstrate dances from other cultures and perhaps offer a few lessons, she said.
Goodwin and four other SU students — all senior social work majors — are organizing Ship World Party for their Practice with Organizations and Communities class. The committee is comprised of Goodwin, Brandy Lautsbaugh, Lanna Zimmerman, Sarah Yarwood and Kelsea Chazis.
Mary Burnett, associate dean of students and director of international programming at SU, helps students acquire funding.
In addition to bringing different cultures together, Goodwin said the event also “teaches students how to manage and propose a budget, and to figure out their goals and objectives for a project.”
Goodwin said she helped at a previous Ship World Party and estimated attendance that year at about 100 people.
She invites families to attend and learn a little more about countries around the world and their different cultures.
“We’re hoping for a good turnout,” she said. “We want children to come, too, because we want to start there with more culture awareness.”
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