Global Glam Celebrates Diversity Through Fashion, Community Ties | Nebraska today

Hosted by the International Office for Students and Scholars, “Global Glam: An Evening of Fashion, Diversity and Community” brought together more than 200 campus and community members on March 26 to celebrate global diversity.

The first celebration involved more than 80 students who modeled traditional clothing that represented their heritage and culture, as well as pieces from local retailers and student designers. Participating models also included 40 international students representing many countries around the world, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Sudan, Zambia, and others.

“Global diversity means creating spaces where people can coexist regardless of who they are or where they come from, instilling inclusion, respect and appreciation for their differences,” said Mercy Kipenda Mwape, a model graduate student from Zambia.

Many students, such as graduate student Tamanna Kabir, echoed Kipenda’s statement and decided to sign up to become a model to showcase the traditional clothing of their home countries.

“I participated in Global Glam to represent my national identity, keep tradition alive and represent the culture of my country, Bangladesh, in front of people around the world,” said Kabir.

Inspired by the #BreakTheBias social media campaign promoting solidarity and diverse representation, Global Glam was an opportunity to demonstrate the range of rich traditions and cultures represented by Nebraska students.

“We envisioned the night as an opportunity for international and domestic students and community members to come together and celebrate diversity through clothing and style,” said Natalie Baskin, Navigator of International Student Success.

Together with his team of student workers THISBaskin spent weeks of preparation coordinating the recruitment of student models, student-volunteers to assist with makeup coordination, sponsorship, stage preparation, and outreach efforts to ensure Global Glam was an evening to remember for all.

During the show, attendees enjoyed the music of a jazz trio made up of students from the Glenn Korff School of Music and DJ Erin Poor, director of education and community engagement for the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The fashion show featured drawings by students from the Department of Textile, Merchandising and Fashion Design and a showcase of handcrafted garments designed by members of Lincoln’s multicultural community.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of multiple university units and Lincoln’s local independent retailers, the event proved a great success celebrating the diverse cultures, heritage and communities that enrich the Nebraska campus and community. Global Glam has also raised over $ 700 for ECHO Collective, a non-profit organization in Lincoln that provides economic empowerment resources and professional mentoring for Nebraska’s immigrant and refugee communities.

Sponsors of the university included the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Glenn Korff School of Music, Johnny Carson School of Theater and Film, SLICE, University homes and Textile, Merchandising and Fashion Design Department. Sponsors of independent retailers included Sapahn, Shannon Formalwear, Tsuru, Stella, Euphoria and Exclusive Hype, Sakeena Tailoring, KG Embroidery & Other, K’nyaw Modern Tradition, Best Knit Co, Ally + Ren, Namaste New York and many others.

“The talent of our students helped bring our idea to life,” said Erika Hepburn, acting assistant director of THIS, who co-directed the event with Baskin. “I am so impressed with our students. They have continued to thrive, learn, create and succeed over the past two years despite the challenges of a global pandemic ”.

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