South Asia Center in the Community
During the 2011-12 Academic Year, the South Asia Center had
the honor of participating in a variety of outreach activities, both in local
schools and in the community. For the 4th year in a row, we participated in the
Asian Elephant Extravaganza at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Local Bharatanatyam
students—Shibani Ramadoss, Pranathi Adhikari and Anupama Irri— performed.
In the spring, we shared the diversity and tastiness of
South Asia food with local school children. We took part in the Pine Grove
Middle School’s Career and Diversity Day. We shared dal (lentils), rice, and
kheer (rice pudding) with the students. In Mrs. Garofano and Mrs. Brennan’s
Global Foods class at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, we demonstrated how to
make bhangan bharta (roasted eggplant and a South Indian chickpea snack. We
also showed the students how to make roti (Indian flat bread). We took part in
the Crouse School of Nursing’s International Night where Carly Dwyer provided
henna tattoos, which were incredibly popular.
In addition to these events, we were pleased to support an
initiative by a group of graduate students working under the aegis of SU
Program for Refugee Assistance (SUPRA) who provided English tutoring and other
services for Syracuse’s Bhutanese Nepali refugee population. With over a dozen
teachers and nearly 100 students, it was a great experience for both groups.
This work continues for the 2012-2013 year under the leadership of Alicia
Wright, a graduate student in Media Studies and a current FLAS recipient.