IDays celebrations set to come to campus next week

One of TRU’s biggest events is back to integrate cultures

IDays is coming to TRU to celebrate differences in the cultures alive on campus in the student and faculty body.(TRU Omega Archives)

Students, faculty and the Kamloops community will be gathering at TRU at various places on campus to celebrate our differences. From March 11 – 14, people have the opportunity to learn about different cultures and celebrate them.

According to TRU’s website, IDays are about engaging the TRU community and beyond in festivities and learning to create a positive and inclusive university while celebrating diversity, culture and innovation.

This year, IDays has an extensive schedule of events that can be found on the TRU website, and some of these speakers and events should not be missed.

One interesting new thing to IDays is their International Daily Food Options at most of the on-campus food services. Each day, different food services will offer different food specials based on different countries, such as Greek food at The Den on Wednesday, March 11 and Italian and Mexican at The Workbench in the Trades building from March 11 – 14.

If you love food, you’ll love the first two days of International Days. There will be an international food festival on campus where anyone can buy food tickets for various places in the community that will be on campus from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on March 11 and 12. Some of the vendors include Casa Azul, Lakeside Concession & Mini Donuts, Cookshack Cravings, BubbleTime and more.

The Kamloops Multicultural Society is also putting on an International Cooking show, where attendees can learn about various international cuisines and try some of the delectable dishes on March 11 at 12:30 p.m.

One very important event taking place during IDays is their keynote speaker, Cassie DePecol. DePecol is the first woman to ever travel to every country in the world, and anyone can come to learn about her experiences on the evening of March 11 at 7 pm. All tickets are free, but people are required to register for this event as there is limited seating available and this can be done at the IDays page on TRU’s website.

Another classic and ever-popular event of IDays is their flag parade on campus, followed by the IDays 2020 showcase on Friday, March 13. This showcase features traditional clothing, a fashion show, singing and dancing, performances and educational booths about different cultures, and provides creativity and expression for people of all ages. This is one highlight event of IDays and there will also be food available, as food is a huge part of showing our diversity.

For the full list of events and where to register for limited events, you can check out the International Days page on TRU’s website at tru.ca/internationaldays