From freshman year onward, UT students are encouraged to embrace diversity and learn about other cultures. One way students will be able to do this is through a picnic celebrating Brazilian culture and language.
UT's Portuguese language club, CLIP, is planning a Brazilian picnic at Tyson Park on Thursday night from 5 p.m. to sundown.
The picnic will have Brazilian delicacies and games, according to Caitlyn Bradford, president of CLIP.
"We will be providing free homemade food for attendees, a Brazilian stew called caldo," Bradford, a junior in international business, said. "We ask that students bring their own beverages. There will also be games to play, such as Frisbee and Peteca."
Brigadeiro, a Brazilian dessert, will also be at the picnic. This will be made by the Brazilian program, "Science Without Borders," said Portugese lecturer Wanessa Martin, who will also cook for the picnic.
"Hopefully, you will be able to join us for some caldo and some fun," Martin said. "I am making two popular vegetable stews we have in Brazil in winter months."
Desarae Goldby, board member of CLIP, said a professional grade Peteca will be available.
"The Peteca game is the Brazilian variation of badminton, but played without rackets," Goldby said.
Martin said there will be a capoeira presentation, which is a Brazilian martial art/fight dance.
The Brazilian picnic is open to anyone who is interested. Bradford said the event has been planned in a way that will present attendees with new things to do and see while still providing a comfortable atmosphere.
CLIP will hold future events, some of which include a tailgate, a cultural night where students can share poetry and songs and a soccer tournament.
"Ideally, we will be able to celebrate Portuguese-speaking cultures while integrating our own American activities in order to achieve a comfortable environment in which students can meet and make connections with one another," Bradford said.
The Portuguese club aims to bring attention to a language people are less familiar with than some other dominant world languages.
"CLIP wants to encourage students to learn the Portuguese language," Bradford said. "Many people forget that this language exists because it is assumed that Portugal is the only country that still speaks it. Portuguese is a language spoken in Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, East Timor, Macau, São Tomé and Príncipe."
Goldsby said this is what led CLIP to establish their mission statement.
"Many people do not know that Portuguese is the official language of nine countries between the three continents of Africa, Europe and South America," Goldsby said. "It is in this spirit that we wrote CLIP's mission statement: 'to spread awareness of Portuguese-speaking (Lusophone) cultures while engaging in community based activities.'"