Marshall to kick off Cultural Immersion Workshop Series April 30

Marshall University community members, particularly staff members, are being encouraged to attend the kickoff of a new Cultural Immersion Workshop Series at a luncheon that will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 30. It will be located in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus.

Featured on this initial program are the Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre and Workshop of New Zealand.

Dr. Shari Clarke, vice president of multicultural affairs at Marshall, said that the workshop series, to continue this summer, will focus on providing culturally specific information on various countries, using both local and national speakers with expertise on a specific country. In addition, a workshop on general understanding of culture will be offered.

“We aim to provide awareness, education and understanding of international cultures,” Clarke said. “We are looking forward to welcoming more students from other countries, and we want to make sure the university community is ready.”

Clarke said that future sessions will focus on African countries, China, Japan, Korea, Viet Nam, Saudi Arabia, eastern Europe and Turkey.
Although there is no charge for the April 30 luncheon, reservations are needed and may be made by calling the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 304-696-4677 or by e-mailing Clarke at

In addition to the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the workshop series is being sponsored by Marshall’s offices of Academic Affairs and Human Resources, the Center for International Programs and the Marshall University Research Corporation.