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.Three local Bharatanatyam students performed at the Syracuse Zoo - Shibani Ramadoss, Pranathi Adhikari and Anupama Irri

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.Emera Bridger Wilson shows a student how to make roti - Indian flat bread

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.