I work in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life at Texas A&M University. Our department has started a series of cultural sharing events this year. The series was announced last month so staff could share a little about their heritage with co-workers. I know what you are thinking...wait a minute...Sharon's not Czech. True, but I don't let that stop me from sharing what I know-and have come to love-about all things Czech. (New readers may not realize - but since my late husband was Czech, my children and grandchildren are Czech. With their Dad and paternal grandparents gone, I want to make sure they know of their heritage so I continue to celebrate and share with others.)
So, with a colleague, Sarah Jaks, we put together an informal event for our co-workers "It's 5:00 Somewhere ~ Czech Style". At 10:00 a.m. (5:00 in the Czech Republic) staff joined us for: lively music, kolaches, costumes, dolls, garnets, crystal, porcelain, eggs, Taroky, textiles, language and informational PowerPoint - all Czech.
Working at a major University has been a wonderful enriching experience, both professionally and personally. I enjoy learning more about the diverse populations I interact with and look forward to this series to experience other cultures and heritages. Who knows, maybe I'll do another presentation on my heritage: Irish, Scottish or English.