I recently attended an event at Lehigh called Arabic Culture Night, where students could learn a little bit about Arabic culture, see and learn dances, and eat delicious food. It is really great when the school does something like this, to expose students to cultures that they may be unfamiliar with. We of course have many international students at Lehigh, but how much do students from the US think about and understand these other cultures that their peers may come from?
Seeking to understand and looking for ways to step into the shoes of others should be an important part of college life. Some students may not have had the opportunity to get acquainted with cultures other than their own, and a perfect chance to do so is through nights like this. Many students, especially IDEAS students, wish to make a real difference in the world, and the best way to do this is to seek to understand how the world works outside of the “Lehigh bubble”.