The culturally diverse atmosphere of the Broad MBA Program shined bright during Diwali, the Hindu “festival of lights.”

MBA students of all backgrounds and their significant others and families celebrated together on November 2 at the Spartan Village Community Center. During the celebration, Indian MBA students taught guests about Diwali, including the kinds of clothing worn for the festival and traditional music and dance. Students and their families then got to bond over a spread of Indian food.

“We had a great turnout and everyone was very happy,” says Rishabh Bhageria, a first-year supply chain MBA student from Karnataka, India, who helped plan the event. “This let people learn about other cultures and get a better understanding of their classmates.”

The celebration was organized by the Multicultural MBA Association, a relatively new organization at Broad that supports students both academically and socially.

In addition to providing workshops and events to prepare international MBAs for courses, job fairs, and conferences, the organization also plans multicultural events throughout the year that celebrate the program’s ethnically diverse student body.

From Diwali to Thanksgiving to Chinese New Year, students get a taste of their classmates’ cultures, food, and traditions.Diwali, known as the festival of lights, is one of the most important Hindu festivals of the year and is celebrated among families by performing traditional activities together. During Diwali, small clay lamps filled with oil are lit to signify the triumph of good over evil. Celebrants wear new clothing and share sweets and special dishes with family and friends.

“Students in the MBA program are under a lot of stress,” says Bhageria. “These events give students and their families a chance to relax and share a fun afternoon together.”

Learn more about the Multicultural MBA Association at

mba.broad.msu.edu/organizations/bmbaa.