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Students discuss cultural diversity and community involvement

Asian Heritage Month 2024 panel discussion members

The Asian Heritage Month 2024 opening event hosted by the OCCA Communities Association showcased diverse discussions and captivating performances. Okanagan College was a proud supporter of the event alongside UBC Okanagan. The event celebrated cultural diversity and emphasized community involvement.

The panel discussion was led by Dr. Shirley Chau, Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at UBC Okanagan. Students of Asian heritage from Okanagan College, UBC Okanagan, and OKM Secondary joined the discussion, sharing their stories of belonging and integration in the Okanagan. They also discussed lessons learned and strategies to co-create a more inclusive community, engaging in lively exchanges with the audience. The event also showcased performances including choir, vocal solos, musical instruments, and piano.

The panel discussion was attended by MLA Norm Letnick, MLA Ben Stewart, Mayor Tom Dyas, and Councillor Mohini Singh were present, alongside Okanagan College President, Dr. Neil Fassina and Marten Youssef, the Associate Vice President of University Relations at UBC Okanagan. Elder Grouse Barnes delivered the territory welcome. 

The OCCA is a longstanding community partner with Okanagan College in providing immigrant skills training and services for international students.

The Asian Heritage Month event is not only a celebration of Asian heritage but also aligns with broader societal trends towards equity, diversity, and inclusion. It empowers the community to embrace cultural differences and encourages action through voices of younger generations. 

The upcoming Asian Heritage Showcase at Parkinson Recreation Center on Saturday, May 25 promises to continue fostering diversity, inclusion, and cultural appreciation. 

Are you ready to take the next step to studying as an international student at Okanagan College? International applications are now open, to apply click here. 

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