by John Cervera
On Tuesday, March 21, several organizations participated in the annual Multicultural Fair. A popular event, the annual Multicultural Fair exhibits the myriad organizations on campus, ranging from the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association to the Florida Trial and Moot Court Teams. Student organizations offered cultural food and advertised their activities with passers-by in a grand display of the dizzying collection of cultural, professional, and scholastic clubs available to the students at the Levin College of Law.
But the Fair’s intent was much greater than simply a club showcase. Organized in part by the Office of Student Affairs, the Multicultural Fair appears to be a part of the Levin College of Law’s recent initiatives to highlight its diverse student body.
For some, the Multicultural Fair is a welcome display of unity on campus. Bathche Fils-Aime, a 2L and incoming vice president of the future Student Bar Association, shared her perspective on the Multicultural Fair as encouraging the patchwork of cultures that constitute Levin’s student body.
“I think the UF law school is blessed in that we have a diverse class of students and it’s wonderful that our school allows them to embrace their culture,” she said.
Every club, whether culture-specific or otherwise, included a cultural decorative spin. Besides cultural foods, organizations like the Caribbean Law Students Association featured huge creative posters
Nataly Rodriguez, a 2L and President of the Cuban-American Bar Association found the Fair to be a great chance for clubs and students to interact with one another outside of the lunch hour.
“[The Fair] is a great opportunity for the clubs… ..it’s a great yearly event. It lets all the [organizations] showcase their unique identities to our students who might otherwise have little or no knowledge of them.”
The Fair was held adjacent to the Levin Advocacy Center with colorfully decorated tables hugging the concrete walkway. Students relished the milieu, indulging in spring tolls, Cuban pastelitos, and rice with black beans, and other delights beneath a clear, sunny Florida sky.