Celebrating cultural diversity

Visiting Mayan ruins, playing Pétanque, baking love cookies — there’s no such thing as winter doldrums at Peddie! It’s International Awareness Week (IAW), giving students and employees a much-needed boost in the middle of February.

Celebrating cultural diversity across the Peddie community and around the globe, IAW — hosted by the language department and with help from student clubs and affinity groups — brings Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras festivals to life. Cultural explorations include arts and crafts, song and dance, games, baking and even virtual reality tours of foreign lands. The week culminates with presentations from seniors in the Asian Studies and Language Signature programs.

“In the middle of winter and pandemic fatigue, we are excited to bring joy to the community with a celebration of international customs and traditions,” said Language Department Chair Jose Ruiz. 

Of course, celebrating cultural diversity must include food, and the student-run Peddie Food Blog will be posting recipes highlighting different countries each day of the week that day students and remote learners can try in their own kitchens.

On campus, boarding students will be treated to a diverse dining experience as well. Working with Ruiz, Director of Food Services Robin Wojcik and Executive Chef Jeremy Stahl developed a week's worth of recipes from around the globe, which they'll be serving during breakfast, lunch or dinner each day.

"It's always exciting to join in a celebration with the school community, and Chef Jeremy and the team welcome the opportunity to develop, experiment and offer new dishes to the students and employees at Peddie," shared Wojcik.

See the complete schedule of events.