The first ever Taste of Diversity sponsored by the College of Medicine Office for Diversity and the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), Mayo Clinic Chapter was held on Saturday, January 12th, 2013. The celebration offered learners, faculty and staff the opportunity to celebrate the diverse heritage, cultures and traditions within the College of Medicine. Ethnic hors d'oeuvres were prepared by Sodexho Catering, however several learners brought in homemade ethnic dishes to share with attendees.
There was a variety of entertainment. Musical performances were provided by Elizabeth Hillebrand and Jessica Saw who performed classical songs from Europe, The Contributions who performed easy listening/American pop songs, Kerry Kittleson who played traditional Celtic music on the fiddle, and Carson and Elspeth Wright who performed traditional American Folk songs. Special guest performers included Quincy Nang who recited French and African Poetry as well as Vwaire Orhurhu who performed various piano and vocal performances.
The evening ended with a fashion show featuring cultural dress from all over the world and an impromptu dance to PSY’s sensational song, “Gangnam Style”.