Durham Tech students reflect, celebrate International Day of Peace

Amanda Blanchard picked up a thick, red bar of sidewalk chalk and carefully scrawled “Peace” in Arabic along the main campus plaza.

It was the International Day of Peace on Thursday and Blanchard worked together with her Associate in Fine Arts classmates to participate in Chalk4Peace.

“It’s important for Durham Tech to participate in a day like this to show awareness to others,” Blanchard said. “We need peace right now and to be reminded that there is actually good in the world.”

Just yards away, the Durham Tech International Students Club donated and installed a Peace Pole as a gift to the College.

Across campus, students in Project TALK, International Students Club, and International Student Socials came together to celebrate with various activities including decorating coffee mugs with flags and having a discussion about what peace means to them.

Marvin Umana, a Durham Tech student from Honduras, said peace means not caring about color, nationality, and gender “because we’re all human beings.”

“In my short stay here, I’ve noticed that Durham Tech has a lot of multicultural students,” Umana continued. “So peace is considered very important here among fellow students.”

Issa and Mussa Tuli, fraternal twins from Saudi Arabia, said peace is a global initiative.

“Peace is when all countries are unified – global unity,” Issa Tuli said. “It’s important to know different cultures and to speak to different people.”

His brother, Mussa, agreed.

“Peace is when you accept other people’s differences no matter what country they’re in,” Tuli said. “I’ve met so many new people from different countries by participating in international student activities like this one.”

International Day of Peace activities continue Friday in the main campus Durham Tech library. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend Crafternoon to make peace flags to hang on campus.

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