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Chai & Chobi: Iraqi Culture Night

Rawan Mandwee (Ara­bic 2018) received a CLS Alum­ni Devel­op­ment Fund award to host the first annu­al Chai & Chobi: Iraqi Cul­ture night with the Iraqi Stu­dent Asso­ci­a­tion at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan-Ann Arbor in ear­ly March. The aim of the event was to pro­vide a space for stu­dents with Iraqi back­grounds to cel­e­brate their cul­tur­al her­itage and allow those unfa­mil­iar with it to learn about Iraqi cul­ture, high­light­ing the pos­i­tive aspects of the coun­try that are often left out of the dom­i­nant social nar­ra­tive. They demon­strat­ed how the Iraqi pop­u­la­tion is made up of diverse eth­nic­i­ties, reli­gions, and lan­guages, rep­re­sent­ed by stu­dents on cam­pus. The event offered Iraqi food, show­cased art, and had tra­di­tion­al games and music. Mem­bers of the Iraqi Stu­dent Asso­ci­a­tion per­formed chore­o­graphed chobi and bag­giya rou­tines, fol­lowed by a col­lec­tive dance line where every­one was able to join in as well as teach those who had nev­er done it before. 

This event great­ly con­tributed to my pro­fes­sion­al skill set, as it involved coop­er­a­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion among the entire exec­u­tive board in addi­tion to major orga­niz­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and problem-solving.”

Rawan Mandwee
Arabic 2018

Posted Date

April 12, 2021