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Study abroad fundraiser planned at Harvey Hall Theatre

February 15, 2012

Students’ talents in dance, drumming and art will be feature during a special study abroad fundraiser and cultural event Thursday, Feb. 23, at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Affordably Abroad: Raising Our Voice for Change will begin at 7 p.m. in Harvey Hall Theatre. The event will feature students drumming with master percussionist Babatunde Lea of Menomonie, performing Hmong and hip hop dance and exhibiting art. Lea, new to Menomonie, is producing the show. A silent auction also will be held.

Admission is free, and donations will be encouraged. The event is sponsored by the Office of International Education, Black Student Union, Hmong Stout Student Organization and supporting students, faculty and staff.

Proceeds will go toward scholarships, established through the Stout University Foundation, to help underserved students obtain international experiences.

Black Student Union President Lakayana Drury is hoping to take a 10-day course this summer, Multiculturalism and Colonialism, in England taught by Virginia Lea, associate professor in the School of Education.

“Global experience is a necessity in today’s society. We want to make sure all students have that educational opportunity. That’s ultimately what we’re trying to do through the fundraiser,” said Drury, a senior from Madison who is majoring in applied social science.

Drury spent three weeks in Guatemala in January as part of the nonprofit Dunn County Farmer to Farmer program. It was the first time he had left the U.S. “It gives you a much different insight into the world,” he said.

Drury and Desmond Taylor are helping coordinate the fundraiser along with Virginia Lea. Taylor is a senior from Milwaukee majoring in technical education. He also hopes to take the course in England.

“Study abroad is a marvelous opportunity for students to gain greater awareness of how people from different cultural worlds live and work. It also furthers students’ academic development and their ability to communicate with people across cultural borders. We are raising money so that more of our students can enjoy this experience,” Virginia Lea said.

For more information or to donate, contact Virginia Lea at 715-232-1622 or leav@uwstout.edu.

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