ECE welcomes students of all nationalities, cultures and backgrounds. We are proud of the diverse communities that are represented by our students, alumni, faculty, and staff, and have launched efforts to recognize and celebrate that diversity. In an effort to make the department a home away from home for our students, we acknowledge and celebrate many cultural events and holidays from around the world. Check back here for details on upcoming events, and read about our past celebrations.
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ECE hosts an annual reception to celebrate Iftar, the evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset. Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, and is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. The reception features traditional foods and live music, and has drawn nearly 50 students each year.
ECE hosts an annual celebration of the Lunar New Year in its atrium, a widely celebrated occasion in Chinese culture. The event includes Chinese music, cuisine, and even calligraphy. Each year local student dance groups and musicians put on traditional performances for attendees.
ECE observed Dia de los Muertos in the graduate student lounge, with a traditional shrine, skull cookies, and fresh churros. The occassion, with origins in Central and South America, celebrates deceased loved ones.
ECE hosted a celebration of Diwali. The event included Indian music, dance, cuisine, and other Diwali traditions. Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival that signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed.