The Great Hall came alive with the sights, sounds and tastes of numerous cultures represented in the St. Mark’s community. The second annual Marksmen Multicultural Night showcased the unique backgrounds of students, parents, faculty and staff through an evening of activities, performances and food.
"This event gives students a chance to express their own cultures while also learning more about the cultures of other members of the community," Chase Fisher ’23, a co-chair of St. Mark's Inclusion & Diversity Leadership Council (IDLC), which sponsored Marksmen Multicultural Night. "I loved how involved everyone was with all of the activities, from learning about different cultures at the display tables to making art to learning the basics of salsa dancing in the gym."
In the Great Hall, volunteers set up tables showcasing the stories of their heritage, sharing histories and traditions. The SAGE Dining Services team cooked up a wide palette of offerings, including tamale cake (Mexico), pierogies (Poland), dal makhani (India) and chicken abodo (Philippines).
Guests entered to music by Ernesto’s Music mariachi band, followed by the St. Mark’s Jazz Band and Blues Club. Cultural performances continued in Spencer Gym, featuring:
The Chinese Lion Dance and Chinese yo-yo
Call and Response performance featuring the St. Mark's Choir
Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance ensemble
Timba Tumbao Dallas salsa dancing
"Diversity is the beauty of life,” said Lorre Allen, director of Inclusion, Diversity, and Human Resources and faculty sponsor of IDLC. “Marksmen Multicultural Night showcases the rich tapestry of cultures that bring us together as one community."
This year's Marksman Multicultural Night was organized by IDLC co-chairs Chase Fisher ’23, Jack Jackson ’23, Murphy Paul ’23, Akash Raghunathan ’23 and Zane Wallace ’23 and vice-chairs Noah Cathey ’24 and Zachary Bashour ’24.
St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, nonsectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.
St. Mark’s does not discriminate in the administration of its admission and education policies on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.