Connect and Collaborate

Connect and Collaborate

The Parade of Nations committee is comprised of members of the community, Michigan Tech, and Finlandia universities. Members are responsible for selecting the theme; organizing the parade and multicultural festival; soliciting donations; screening and approving float, booth and performance applications and grant requests; and disbursing funds to qualifying organizations.

If you would like to find out how to become a committee member, please contact our Committee Chair or call IPS at 906-487-2160.

Parade of Nations Committee

  • Vienna Chapin, Co-Chair - Michigan Tech University International Programs and Services
  • Mary Stevens, Co-Chair - Michigan Tech University International Programs and Services
  • Scott Austin - Michigan Tech University
  • Augustine Brutus - Finlandia University
  • Kiersten Birondo - Houghton Community and Lake Superior Community Broadcasting Corp.
  • Cindy Barrett - Homestead Graphics and Design
  • Jenn Donovan - Michigan Tech University Marketing and Communications
  • Laura Givens - Michigan Tech University International Programs and Services
  • Caroline Inaury - Michigan Tech University student volunteer
  • Joe Schutte - Eagle Radio
  • DJ Skinner - Finlandia University student volunteer
  • Darnishia Slade, - Michigan Tech University International Programs and Services
  • Briana Tucker - Michigan Tech University Center for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Kelly Vizanko - Michigan Tech University Registrar
  • Bob Wenc - Michigan Tech University International Programs and Services
  • Maryann Wilcox - Michigan Tech University Student Activities


The Parade of Nations and Multicultural Fest relies on spirited cooperation between area campuses and the community. There are many ways to volunteer, actively supporting the mission to promote international understanding, build cultural awareness, and celebrate the diversity inherent in our healthy, strong, and inclusive environment. Your participation on any level is meaningful. Attend events or host a booth. Entertain or applaud. Score a T-shirt for your monetary donation. Help set up or clean up. Or choose to become a major sponsor and multiply your impact on one of Keweenaw’s premiere events.