TCC recognizes International Day of Peace at Southeast Campus
On Sept. 21, Tulsa Community College (TCC) students gathered in the Southeast Campus Peace Garden to celebrate the International Day of Peace. With a theme of “Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals” as provided by the United Nations, a variety of college clubs and organizations sponsored live music, speakers, and activities for the student body to enjoy during the annual commemoration.
The festivities kicked off with music performed by school musicians, consisting of students and faculty alike. An annual tradition of performing “This Land is Your Land” by Okemah-native, Woody Guthrie, continued this year with audience participation through claps and singing along to the peace-song anthem.
A prominent speaker for the event was John Mikolajcik, an assistant professor in the TCC Liberal Arts and Communication department. Mikolajcik welcomed students and encouraged attendees to participate in the observance by contributing to signs asking, “What does peace mean to you?” Students were also able to dedicate sticky notes, sending notes of peace, for support, and for love to the people of Ukraine. Paper doves, the bird – a common symbol of peace – also filled the space, covered in notes of love and peace to decorate the space.
Other speakers included Thomas Wallis, International Student counselor, who works closely with international students from over 50 countries in their journey for success at TCC. Representatives from Global Learning, International Student Association, the World Language Lab, and Student Life also contributed to the day’s activities.
Students contributed to the festivities as well. Rachel Graves, a psychology major, performed an original Haiku, as well as Eli Missing, a communications major, who presented an abbreviated version of Stevie Wonder’s “Conversation Peace.”