Many Tulane University students spend Thanksgiving on campus without a place to go for a traditional holiday meal. Some forgo the trip home for extra study time while others are international students who are unfamiliar with the holiday. The Office of Multicultural Affairs together with the Office of International Students and Scholars will host the annual Community Potluck Thanksgiving Dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 26, on the uptown campus.
Carolyn Barber-Pierre, assistant vice-president for student affairs, says the event usually draws about 800 attendees. Turkey, dressing and gravy is provided by Sodexo’s Olive Blue Catering
. Volunteers are needed to help serve the food and to donate a dessert or vegetable dish.
“It’s an amazing dinner with lots of students, families and children,” says Barber-Pierre. “We usually open with a brief explanation of the tradition of Thanksgiving for the international students experiencing it for the first time and then someone will do an ecumenical prayer.”
Now in its 26th year, the dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Qatar Ballroom and Kendall Cram Lecture Hall in the Lavin-Bernick Center. The event is free and open to the entire Tulane student community.
To volunteer, call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 504-865-5181 or the Office of International Students and Scholars at 504-865-5208. Individuals within the Tulane community wishing to volunteer must respond by Nov. 22.
Hours volunteered can be counted toward the Cowen Service Challenge. Volunteers must register and log in to have their hours included in the Cowen Service Challenge count.
Greg Thomson is a junior at Tulane University majoring in communication.