News from the Bush School

Bush School Students Host World Food Festival

November 05, 2010

The Bush School got a taste of some international culture and cuisine at this year’s World Food Festival, an annual potluck lunch sponsored by the Foreign Language and Culture Society (FLCS) and the Diversity Committee of the Student Government Association (SGA), held on October 21, 2010.

Students, faculty, and staff were invited to bring their favorite international dish to share with classmates and colleagues, or just to come and sample from the selection of meats, casseroles, desserts, and more.  This year, dishes representing over twenty countries, including Russia, Thailand, Serbia, and Brazil, were enjoyed by a crowd of approximately one hundred people.

The annual fall event has traditionally been sponsored by FLCS, but this year the organization partnered with the SGA Diversity Committee because of the groups’ similar missions.

“The mission of the World Food Festival is to spotlight the various cultures and communities represented by students, faculty, and staff at the Bush School,” said Kyle Maxwell, a second-year MPIA student and this year’s vice president of FLCS.  “Our hope is to promote awareness of the diverse backgrounds represented at the Bush School and give people the opportunity to share something important from their community or another culture they appreciate.”

In addition to numerous cultural events throughout the semester, the Foreign Language and Culture Society helps Bush School students build their foreign language skills by facilitating language discussion groups.  The SGA Diversity Committee works to provide a strong understanding and appreciation of different cultures and backgrounds.  You can get more information about these and other student organizations at the Bush School at