• Experience the power of inclusion through workshops, lectures, and activities.

  • Enhance your résumé! Earn a Certificate of Participation that shows you are growing in multicultural competence, engagement, and awareness.

  • Learn what it takes to create a brighter and more inclusive future, at IUP and elsewhere.

  • Students can earn certificates that range from engagement to participation, depending on the number of events attended. No preregistration is necessary.

Watch IUP Now and the Pathfinder for individual FOLDIS events this fall.

September 12 through September 23, 2023

Watch IUP students sharing their thoughts on FOLDIS!

Schedule of Events

Please bring your I-Card to document your participation.

Tuesday, September 12

Title: “And, What’s Bread Got To Do With It? Und mehr Brot?”

Bonding over bread. How a diverse food staple creates identity, community, and inclusion across cultures.

Presenters: Dr. Lydia Rodriguez and Dr. Heide Witthöft

Jane Leonard Hall, Room 225, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Zoom Link

Wednesday, September 13

food for thought

Simulation: Food for Thought: A Diverse and Inclusive Way of Eating and Thinking

In this program of the FOLDIS series, students will learn and experience how we can include or exclude people’s history and identity by means of food. Explore the connection between food, language and culture. Learn about people’s history and identity by exploring your own reactions to a variety of French cheeses.

Presenter: Dr. Jean-Louis Dassier

Elkin Hall, Great Room, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Friday, September 15

Art Product: Table Convo Puzzle Box

There’s nothing more connecting than conversation over a meal and a group game to bring everyone together.

Folger Hall, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 19

Title: Language Universals: Focusing on Commonalities for Diversity and Inclusivity

All languages share grammatical principles with distinctive variables and are part of the culture, history, and tradition of a given community. Come and learn about how language teaches us about diversity and what key features all languages have in common.

Presenter: Dr. Marjorie Zambrano-Paff

Jane Leonard Hall, Room 225, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Zoom Link

Wednesday, September 20

music and rhythm

Hugo Cruz: Music for a Cultural Fusion

Different musical styles bring us together. Learn how to embrace the diversity of musical styles.

What better way to showcase diversity and inclusion than through music from different parts of the world? Learn and experience the different types of rhythms from different cultures.

Cogswell Hall, Room 121, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Friday, September 22

Art Product: Mighty+ Melodic: Mini Musical Instruments: Rain sticks and tambourines.

Join us in discussing how people of all countries began making instruments with found/natural materials from their environment. 

Folger Hall, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 23

FOLDIS Concert:  Hugo Cruz and Caminos  Hugo Cruz

Join us in celebrating diversity and inclusion through rhythms from around the world, featuring the band Hugo Cruz and Caminos!

Gorrell Hall (Second floor Sutton Hall) 7:00 p.m.

Light Refreshments

Earn Certificates of Participation

Certificate of Multicultural Engagement 
  • Attend any 3 FOLDIS Events

Certificate of Multicultural Awareness 
  • Attend any 2 FOLDIS Events

Certificate of FOLDIS Ambassador
  • bringing one or more friends who are not currently studying a foreign language to any FOLDIS event

  • In order to earn this certificate, make sure to let us know who your friends are!

FOLDIS is sponsored by:
  • The Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs
  • The Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement--MCSLE
  • Lively Arts
  • The Department of Music
  • The Center for Teaching Excellence
  • The Department of Foreign Languages FOLDIS Committee