“[There’s] all these different people [with] different stories, from different countries. The variety [of] human beings is mesmerizing.”
Bangladeshi Dazana H, co leader and member of WCI’s very own Cultural Mosaic Club, expressed her appreciation to be a part of the rainbow of cultures within her school’s community at the club’s meeting on Wednesday, October 7th. The club, whose focus, according to Dazana, is to “get the ESL students to connect to WCI… and to be more comfortable in the English culture” hosts weekly meetings each Wednesday after school in the ESL room.
Organized by a pair of students last 2014/2015 school year, the club has since been taken on by Rishika G, a grade 11 student who was later approached by the graduating members with a request to carry on their vision.
“There’s just not much opportunity at this school to get to know certain groups of people,” said Rishika. “[Cultural Mosaic Club] is something to bridge th[e] gap.”
The club was originally formed with the intention of giving ESL students the opportunity to interact with native-English speaking students. Through games, guest speakers, and presentations on members’ individual cultures, Cultural Mosaic hopes to break down the barriers between the two groups- a goal, that, has not yet been accomplished, according to Rishika.
“Even the [ESL] room itself down here [is] isolated from the rest of the school… I think it’s pretty indicative [of] the relationship between the Native English speaking students and the ESL students.”
This year, Cultural Mosaic Club will be teaming up with a features column of FJORD, Around The World at WCI, to showcase and value the diversity at WCI through vlog style videos. The segment will aim to regularly feature different cultures as well as individuals from those cultures, with the aim of giving a voice to the stories untold by many here at WCI.
For more information, or to request that a culture of interest to you be featured on the channel, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.