March 23, 2017
Fashion Show to Celebrate Multicultural Community at La Roche College
PITTSBURGH, March 23, 2017 – Students at La Roche College will host a multicultural celebration of food, crafts and clothing at the annual GLOBE Fashion Show on Thursday, April 20.
The event will start with a preshow at 6 p.m., followed by the main event at 8 p.m. in the Kerr Fitness & Sports Center at La Roche’s campus in the North Hills. The preshow will feature a variety of activities, crafts, food and an auction of prize baskets and gift cards. Sponsored by GLOBE (Globalization for La Roche College, One Beat on Earth), the event is free and open to the public.
GLOBE President and senior Kristen Krivak said, “Pittsburgh is home to many different types of culture. This event is intended to bring everyone together. By seeing all of the cultures that are at La Roche alone, it will allow people in the community to see how important the influx of culture is throughout our community.”
The show will highlight fashion from a variety of regions, including the following countries: Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Equatorial Guinea, China, Korea, Congo, Nepal, India, Rwanda, Jordan, Vietnam, Taiwan, Thailand, Burundi, Haiti, Kosovo, Tanzania, Syria, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Poland, Zambia, Turkey, Ethiopia, Spain and Cameroon.
“The GLOBE Fashion Show is a chance for students to proudly represent not only their respective countries, but those of their peers, so this event has been a very intentional way of bringing together our multicultural community,” said Candace Okello, La Roche’s director of diversity and inclusion, and staff adviser to GLOBE. “It’s important to take advantage of these cross-cultural engagement opportunities because it’s how we learn, and it’s how we grow and see that regardless of how we identify, we can coexist and have true unity.”
GLOBE and many other La Roche students are organizing this year’s event. Students are responsible for coordinating models, performers and crew members, promoting the event, collecting outfits and donations, setting up the venue and arranging rehearsals. The organization also has partnered with businesses in the McCandless area to acquire donations.
“All of the money donated goes toward the Global Peace Building Foundation, which is an organization that is focused on helping youth and children in conflict-affected areas to overcome fear, hatred, stereotypes and prejudice,” Ms. Krivak said.
GLOBE is a La Roche student organization that encourages intellectual dialogue and friendship among international and American students. The group promotes international concerns and understanding, aids international students in the college environment, and provides both cultural and social activities for the community.
The La Roche student body currently represents 36 countries, and 27 states and territories. The College has earned both national and international recognition for its global outreach. In 2017 U.S. News & World Report listed the College as a School with the Most International Students. Previously the Institute of International Education’s Open Door Report designated La Roche as one of the top 25 U.S. baccalaureate colleges, and in 2010 La Roche was one of only eight U.S. colleges to receive awards for campus internationalization efforts by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The College also received the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for international program innovation.
About La Roche College: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one doctoral program, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,500 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche College embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche College educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.