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Motlow Hosts Multi-Cultural Event Smyrna

April 18, 2012


Moneda Grimes, second from right, assistant professor of sociology at Motlow College, recently brought her sociology students and members of the community together for an event called "Celebrating Diversity" at the Smyrna Town Centre. At least a dozen countries were represented with differences in cultures showcased through food, dress, presentations and discussions. Social issues discussed included: career, education, government, crime, punishment, marriage, family and entertainment. A sampling of the countries participating and Motlow students attending, from left, are Helen German representing England; Nashawn Brown, student; Ivan Barrantes with daughter, Balerie, representing Costa Rica; Ozal Sinjo representing Kurdistan; a community representative of Burma; Chelsea Meadors, Semon Ross, and Elizabeth Cobb, students (standing in front of Semon); Jose Felipe Thorndike and wife Blanca (wearing hats) representing Peru; Rosa Mina representing Mexico; Grimes, and Hamid Aldaraji representing Iraq. Sarah Mussey who represented Ghana is not pictured. According to Grimes, "The event provides a wonderful opportunity for Motlow students to learn about our international neighbors. Diversity truly is 'the spice of life'."