EKU Danville Cultural Club
EKU Danville’s Cultural Club
became the first registered student organization at any EKU regional campus in Fall 2006. Its mission is to encourage multicultural understanding through literature, art, travel, and education. Since its beginning, this group has won over $45,500 in EKU Foundation grants, Student Government grants, and Diversity grants, which have allowed students to travel to visit people of different cultures and from a wide variety of beliefs. Our goal is to help students understand the unique contributions of other cultures and to learn about and celebrate the diversity around us.
We have visited members of the Lakota Sioux on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Cherokee tribe members in North Carolina, Jewish synagogue members in Chattanooga, and the Islamic community at the Somerset Mosque. We have eaten at Middle Eastern restaurants, German beer halls, Amish diners, and Indian powwows. We’ve seen Shakespearean plays, Broadway musicals, Greek plays, Hopi ring dancing, and the Corn Palace and Wall Drug in South Dakota. We saw the sun set at Mount Rushmore and marveled at the Crazy Horse Monument. We’ve gone to archeological digs, Renaissance fairs, medieval weapons exhibitions, Dale Chihuly glass exhibits, the Chicago Institute of Art, and botanical and topiary gardens. We’ve seen St. Louis from the top of the Arch and downtown Pittsburgh at night from the Duquense Incline. We’ve been in the Atlanta Underground and deep in Kentucky caverns.
When we lacked funding, we visited EKU’s Maywoods facility for weekend retreats, and students learned from each other’s presentations on topics such as German architecture, Italian culture, circle symbolism in Native American cultures, Appalachian poetry, Native American foods, and naming ceremonies. We’ve even waded in the Mississippi River together and scratched our names in driftwood to commemorate a trip.
In all, we’ve traveled through at least eight states together. We hope to have many more adventures together, and we invite you to join us! Students, staff, and graduates of EKU are welcome to join us and start learning about other cultures today!