Multicultural Committee Events

2024 Multicultural Gala

United in Diversity

Sponsored by: Auxiliary Service Corporation and Student Government Association.
Hosted by the Multicultural Committee.

A celebration of diversity with food, dance and more.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Campus Center Ballroom

For more information, visit our Event Page

Past Events

Origami cranes, different colors.

Paper Traditions From Around The World

Origami & Henna Drawings

Tuesday, November 14, 2023
11:00 am - 1 pm
Campus Center Lobby

Celebrate International Week with paper traditions from around the world. Create your own:

  • Origami
  • Henna drawings

Organized by the Multicultural Committee, sponsored by Student Government Association.

Students building origami cranes and Lotus flowers.

2023 Multicultural Gala

Hope - Celebrating Our Students

Sponsored by: Auxiliary Service Corporation and Student Government Association.
Hosted by the Multicultural Committee.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Campus Center Ballroom

Event Program

Master of Ceremonies: Christine Larkin

Opening Remarks

  • Multicultural Committee Chair

National Anthem

  • Performed by student Esther Sherry


  • Dr. John S. Nader, President

Keynote Speaker

Daniela Figueroa is a third-year RAM and Sillcox Scholar at Farmingdale State College (FSC), majoring in Applied Psychology with a minor in English. As a focused scholar, Daniela has consistently made the academic Dean’s List or President’s List every semester. Most recently, Daniela was named the Farmingdale Newman Civic Fellow for 2022 for her commitment to civic and social justice.
Daniela Figueroa, '24, Keynote Speaker.


  • Toby Tobias & Jon Goldstein — Journey from Johannesburg
  • Esther Sherry — Poem: “The Ground We Grow On”
  • Leslie Rodriguez (LASO - Latin American Student Organization President) & Erick Oeckel — Merengue Performance
  • Javeria Khalid — Nayab Sitaray Dance
  • Students from H. B. Thompson Middle School, Syosset, NY — Dragon Dance
  • St. Johns Hellenic Dancers of Blue Point — Greek Dances
  • St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Youth Dance Group
  • Destini Buchanan — Poem: “Island Breeze”
  • Qing Ai — AAPI Heritage Month Celebration

Ryu Shu Kan

Also joining the Multicultural Gala, the Ryu Shu Kan group, presenting: “Introduction to Japanese Culture” through the excitement of the Taiko Drums & elegance of Japanese Folk Dance.
Ryu Shu Kan group performing with drums.

Closing Remarks

Display Tables

  • “Cultural Depictions” by Florentino Garguilo and Karen Garcia
  • Henna Art Designs by Samantha Suruj
  • The Bonsai Society of Greater New York, Inc.
  • Art Drawings by Davine Edwards
  • “Drawing An Act of Love” by Alison Briggs
  • AAPI Heritage Month Celebration by Fatoma Rad, Betty Feng, Qing Ai
  • Yiayia’s Kitchen by the FSC Hellenic Society
  • Study Abroad Opportunities by the Office of the International Education and Programs

Special Thanks

Auxiliary Service Corporation and the Student Government Association and to all supporters that made this event a success:

  • Aramark
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • The Office of Marketing & Communications
  • Physical Plant
  • Student Activities
  • The Office of the Provost
  • Use of Facilities

Enjoy photos from the 2023 Multicultural Gala:

2023 FSC Multicultural Gala

For more information, visit our Event page

Open Mic and Henna Tattoos for International Week

Come and celebrate International Week with a free Henna Tattoo and sing along Open Mic style with the Multicultural Committee.

Join RamNation and Henna artist Meena Shahid in the Campus Center Lobby for international music and henna art.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
11 am - 12 pm
Campus Center Lobby

Sound provided by RamNation
Henna tattoos provided by Meena Shahid

Hosted by the Multicultural Committee and sponsored by the Student Government Association, in coordination with the International Education & Programs department.

For more information, contact Sylvia Nicosia, Sylvia Navarro-Nicosia

Visit Event Page for more information.

2022 Multicultural Gala
Live, Love, Laugh - Celebrate Diversity

A celebration of diversity with food, dance and more.

Sponsored by: Auxiliary Service Corporation and Student Government Association

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Campus Center Ballroom
View Program

Nahjae Nunes

Nahjae Nunes, a Jamaican native, is an international award-winning youth activist, speaker, and emerging global leader also currently serving as the Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the United Nations (UN).

Nahjae has worked with many Non-Governmental Organizations and Member states to establish the Permanent Forum for People of African Descent within the General Assembly; has executed global campaigns, each impacting tens of thousands of young people, focused on the centrality of youth to the creation and sustenance of meaningful change.

Keynote Speaker Nahjae Nunes. A scholar, activist and dreamer.

For more information about the Gala, please visit our Event page.

2022 Multicultural Gala Pictures

2022 FSC Multicultural Gala - April 13, 2022

Taiko Drums

Brought to you by the Multicultural Committee
Sponsored by: Auxiliary Service Corporation and Student Government Association

Tuesday, April 12, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (weather permitting)
Campus Center, Amphitheater External link

Help us celebrate diversity ahead of the 2022 Multicultural Gala.

Ryu Shu Kan

The Ryu Shu Kan, in partnership with the Japan Center at Stony Brook present: “Introduction to Japanese Culture” through the excitement of the Taiko Drums & elegance of Japanese Folk Dance.
Two performers playing drums.

For more information about our upcoming Multicultural Gala, please visit

Virtual Movie Screening: Chinatown Rising

Sponsored by: Auxiliary Service Corporation.

The Multicultural Committee invites you to the virtual movie screening for "Chinatown Rising." This is a documentary film about the Asian-American Movement from the perspective of the young residents on the front lines of their historic neighborhood in transition. 

International Week

Watch the movie from Thursday, November 18, 2021  11 am to Saturday, November 21, 2021, 11 am*

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.
Register today:
*Upon registration, link to the virtual movie screening will be available for 72 hours beginning November 18.

For more information, visit

2021 Virtual Multicultural Gala

Celebrating Resilience, Inspiration, and Hope

Sponsored by: Student Government Association and Auxiliary Service Corporation.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
4 pm, via MS Teams

Event Program

Opening Remarks

Multicultural Committee

Violin Performance

National Anthem by Ms. Yaas Azmoudeh


  • Dr. John S. Nader, President
    Dr. Kevin D. Jordan, VP for Student Affairs & Chief Diversity Officer

Keynote Speaker

Garrison Redd

Garrison Redd, Paralympic Powerlifter, Model, Advocate, Motivational Speaker.
Garrison Redd is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He is a TEDx Speaker, Team USA Paralympic powerlifter, model, and most of all an advocate for disabled rights. As the co-founder of the Garrison Redd Project (GRP), he aims to improve access to resources for individuals with disabilities.
Keynote Speaker, Garrison Redd.


  • African Fashion by Aida Sy
  • Azerbaijani Dances by Dr. Nahid Jafari
  • Luis Pales Matos and Pedro Pietri Poems by Melixa Abad-Izquierdo
  • Traditional Greek Dance by St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
  • Greetings from Bangla Culture by Nazrul Islam
  • How to Make Corn Tortillas the Mexican Way by Sylvia Nicosia 

Raffle Winners Announced

Closing Remarks


There will be cash awards for presentations and raffle prizes for attendees to the Virtual Multicultural Gala.
For more information about this and past Galas, please contact Sylvia Nicosia, Sylvia Navarro-Nicosia.

About the Multicultural Committee

The aim of the Multicultural Committee is to disseminate information about diversity and to contribute to the creation of a well informed and supportive community through practical engagement. In keeping with the Farmingdale State College Mission, our goal is to promote a culture of diversity and mutual support, so that students and the community know that Farmingdale State College and the State University of New York are committed to fostering a culture of equality, one that celebrates multiculturalism, and stands for equality.


Aida Sy, Business Management
Alicia L Cesar, Educational Opportunity Program
Chiara DeSanti, Modern Languages
Christine Larkin, Physical Plant
Cristian Sepulveda, Economics
Fatoma Rad, Library
Garrison Song, Business Management
Kathryn Machin, Library
Kevin D Jordan, PhD, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Maria Nikolaidou, Nursing
Nancy Maggio, Nursing
Qing Ai, Modern Languages
Sarbjit Singh, Sport Management
Stevie Famulari, Urban Horticulture & Design
Sue H Moon, Business Management
Sylvia Nicosia, Marketing & Communications
Yi-Fan Chen, Visual Communications

2019 Multicultural Gala Celebration Pictures

2019 Multicultural Gala-Campus Center Ballroom

2018 Multicultural Gala Celebration Pictures

2018 Multicultural Gala

2017 Multicultural Gala Pictures

Prof. Sb speaking at the 2017 Multicultural Gala

Multicultural Gala 2016

Dancers from China performing at the Gala

Multicultural Gala 2015

Professor Sab speaking at the 2015 Multicultural Gala

Multicultural Gala 2014 Video

Multicultural Gala 2014 Pictures

Dominican Republic performing at the 2014 Multicultural Gala

Multicultural Gala 2013

Multicultural Gala 2013

Multicultural Gala 2012

Students trying ethnic foods at the Multicultural Gala 2012

All Galas (2012 - 2018)

Multicultural Galas 2012-2018

Multicultural Committee

Horton Hall, Room 185


Sylvia Navarro-Nicosia

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