Southeast boasts students and faculty/staff from over 65 countries and many diverse cultures, which are highlighted at this event attracting over 700 attendees every year!
Through exposure to different languages, food, music, dance, and fashion, attendees will appreciate and celebrate diversity. The CARPE DIEM event allows participants and attendees to easily interact with each other and learn more about their fellow Redhawks from around the world, thus forming stronger bonds within the University community.
CARPE DIEM takes place in the Student Recreation Center, East Gym, which is transformed into a world bazaar! Attendees visit cultural booths, where they are offered a typical sweet or beverage from Southeast students & faculty/staff who represent that cultural group. Also at the cultural booths, attendees can participate in a variety of activities, like trying on cultural attire at a photo booth, having their names written in different languages/alphabets, or answering country-specific trivia questions for prizes.
Besides the experiences at the cultural booths, attendees can get a taste of international cuisine from the buffet while admiring cultural music/dance performances and a Fashion Show on stage.
The CARPE DIEM celebration will culminate in a professional guest performance followed by a dance party!
CARPE DIEM is only made possible with the participation of Southeast students and faculty/staff volunteers, especially those who would like to showcase their cultures!
There are many ways to get involved:
1. Host a booth/table representing your culture.
2. Make a cultural dish in the Chartwells’ kitchen to be included in the buffet.
3. Do a cultural music or dance performance.
4. Wear cultural attire in the Fashion Show.
5. Be an emcee/host of the event.
6. Work as a henna artist.
The Office of Residence Life began this celebration of diversity, “Carpe Diem Extravaganza: Where the World Comes Together”, in the Fall semester of 2010 and continued it each semester for a few years until it became an annual Fall event. In 2017, the Office of International Education and Services took charge of it, and in 2018, Campus Life and Event Services began organizing this campus-wide event.