PIC hosts cultural awareness fundraiser
By Samantha Savaglio
Parkside International Club (PIC) hosts a cultural awareness fundraiser Friday, Sept. 21 in the Student Center Ballroom. Funds raised will go to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek to repair property damage and help families and their loved ones pay for medical expenses stemming from the attack there in August. The theme for this event is "Cultivate Mindfulness: Fight Prejudice and Ignorance."
The fundraiser, sponsored by the Adair Group and LGBTQ Resource Center, begins with a presentation on the fundamentals of Sikhism delivered by a Sikh member of PIC and individuals from the Sikh community.
"We are an academic institution and we strive to educate anyone on campus and in the community about issues that pertains to global culture," said PIC Vice President Mila DeChant.
To complement the presentation, PIC selected an activity that would allow people to come together.
"Cultures can be learnt via music and dance," DeChant stated, leading the organization to continue with the Cultivate Mindfulness theme with zumba. Attendees will be invited to participate in zumba, an international aerobic dance. This increasingly popular activity merges dances and music from across the world. Specifically, it will feature selected Bhangra songs that represent the Sikh culture.
This fundraiser will not only help the members of the Sikh community, but also our university community in developing a more mindful and informed perception on various cultures.
"We have to start treating others with respect if we want others to respect us," DeChant said.Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with zumba from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for general public, $5 for students.