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Multicultural moments at Harmony Day meet
For the first time, a ‘Taste of Harmony’ event was held in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (FBEL), organised by Mrs. Reeta Verma, lecturer at La Trobe’s Law School. Taste of Harmony is a popular annual event organised by the Scanlon Foundation, supported by the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Department Of Immigration and Citizenship. The event encourages all workplaces to celebrate their diversity by sharing a multicultural meal or organising an event.
The Taste of Harmony event at La Trobe University was attended by prominent guests from the Northern Region, including Mr Colin Brooks, Member of Parliament Bundoora, Parliamentary Secretary for the Leader of Opposition, Victoria; Mrs. Deepa Bhatia, Director Westsolar and executive member of SMS – a non-profit organisation for helping families in distress; and Mrs. Preety Dhiman, Sumitha Kannan and Saloney Shah, from Kangana Friends – a charitable institution in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, helping women to be self-sufficient by creating networks that empower them.
Guests enjoyed a delicious selection of food from the Indian sub-continent and European countries. The harmony theme was evident in the entertainment items that included dance performance by Kangana Friends, henna painting and rangoli patterns. A large display of cultural artefacts including scriptures from Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic and Christian religions, highlighted the diverse cultural atmosphere in which the Faculty of Economics, Business and Law operates.
The Dean of the Faculty, Professor Leigh Drake explained the strength of La Trobe’s courses and highlighted the diversity of students and staff who make the Faculty such an exciting place in which to work and study. With the internationalization of education, Professor Drake explained that, “La Trobe courses have been well-received by international students and currently Faculty students are from about 90 different countries” Professor Drake also admired the cultural competency of his staff and he commended Mrs. Verma for ensuring there was both fun and flavour to the Taste of Harmony event.