Michigan Tech celebrates Parade of Nations

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech is celebrating its wide-ranging diversity during the 25th annual Parade of Nations this week.

The event was created to commemorate the international outreach Michigan Tech has, with students coming from places like India and China to study at MTU.

Darnishia Slade, Interim Director for Tech’s International Programs and Services says creating an event like this seemed like a no-brainer.

“We had this idea of how to represent and how to present our international community to the community and introduce them to the food, culture, ethnicity, dance and singing. So it started with an idea of how do we educate this community to know more about our international students,” she said.

Arun Gandhi, grandson of civil rights activist Mahatma Gandhi, will speak at the Rozsa Center about what he learned from his grandfather’s experiences Friday night.

Slade said Michigan Tech does many things to promote its program and campus abroad.

“I think we’ve worked hard as an institution to develop a really strong academic program. When I go out and recruit and students are interested in or considering Michigan Tech, they want to know that they’re going to get a good education,” she said.

The parade will begin Saturday at 11 a.m. in front of Finlandia University, followed by the Multicultural Festival at at Dee Stadium.

A list of events can be found by clicking here or visiting the Parade of Nations Facebook page.