Save the Date: First Annual CWRU Holi Celebration is April 17th
All CWRU students, faculty, staff, and friends in the community are invited to join the first annual CWRU Holi festival on Sunday, April 17th. The event is open to the public and will have activities for people of all ages, including colored powder, music, cricket, authentic Indian street food, games, and traditions associated with Holi and Basant. The first 100 guests (with CWRU ID) will receive a free kite and the first 400 guests (with CWRU ID) will receive a free t-shirt.
Though primarily celebrated in India and Nepal, Holi is observed in many other countries throughout Southeast Asia and around the world. Originating in Hindu legend, Holi traditionally commemorated the act of applying color to the face of the soulmate of the dark blue god, Krishna. Known as being the festival of colors, Holi celebrations consist of throwing colored powders and water at others. In addition to being seen as a day used for building relationships through laughter and play, Holi is a thanksgiving for a good harvest and celebrates the arrival of spring (Basant). For more information about Holi, check out to the event website
The CWRU Holi festival is sponsored by the Center for International Affairs, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of the Provost, and First Year Experience, in collaboration with many student groups. We hope to see you there!
Student Spotlight: Social Work and Engineering Students Team Up on International Research Proposal
After visiting Oyacachi, Ecuador during a short-term study abroad program over winter break, Iqra Baig (Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences) teamed up with Nikhil Goel (Case School of Engineering) to complete a research proposal to benefit one of the Ecuadorian communities they visited.
Their proposal centered around the development of an eco-tourism center and council of small enterprises in Oyacachi, an indigenous village of roughly 130 families with a growing tourism industry. The proposed eco-tourism center and council of small enterprises will be supported and run by the community to improve its local economy without damaging the environment or comprising local cultures and traditions.
Iqra, who is currently pursuing a Master's in Nonprofit Management, credits her experiences in Ecuador as life-changing. "This international experience reawakened my senses and showed me perspectives that can only be brought about by delving into a foreign environment," she said. "In many ways this experience has caused me to reevaluate my career outlook. It allowed me to set feasible goals in working towards a future in the international nonprofit sector."
Registration for 2017's Winter Break program in Ecuador is now open. If you know any students who may be interested in the "Health, Human and Social Development in Ecuador" program, please encourage them to check out the MSASS study abroad website
and online program brochure
for more information.