Sell-Out Crowd Gathers for Around the World in a Banquet

More than 500 community guests, students, and graduate students from The Claremont Colleges participated in the 34th Annual International Banquet, held recently at Harvey Mudd College and featuring a student-planned menu of international food, music, and entertainment.

The evening, built around the opportunity for cultural exchange, is planned entirely by studentsboth international and non-internationalfrom the menus, down, says Donald Delgado, assistant director of International Place. That means students prepped the food, served it, bused tables, and entertained the sell-out crowd, Delgado says, with some collaborative assistance in the kitchen from Community Friends of International Students, a group that works regularly with I-Place and the International Club to provide numerous programs and services for international students and their families.

Due to the size and nature of the program, which requires a large dining room as well as a stage for post-dinner performances by students, the event has traditionally been hosted at either Harvey Mudd or Pomona College, Delgado says. This year’s event attracted more than 60 CMC students and guests, and more than 30 community volunteers from Claremont, Upland, and Pomonasome of whom function as host parents of international students.