Davuluri has been living out of her suitcase since she was crowned last September and has logged over 240,000 miles worldwide to promote her platform. She spoke candidly about the Miss America competition and the not-so glamorous aspects of it. “Everyone wants to win Miss America, but not everyone wants the job of being Miss America,” she said.
The Residence Hall Association and elementary education students met with Davuluri earlier in the day to talk about diversity, cultural competency and anti-bullying efforts. “The students also really appreciated her discussion on interviewing skills and how to be yourself and capitalize on things that make you unique,” said Melissa Haithcox-Dennis, director of the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center.
In September, Davuluri crowned Kira Kazantsev as Miss America 2015 and is now applying to graduate schools to start an MBA program. In the future, she sees herself working in the political arena and continuing to promote cultural awareness and diversity.
Following Davuluri’s lecture, the ISA celebrated Diwali in the Mendenhall Student Center brick-yard. Diwali, also known as Festival of Lights, is a traditional Indian celebration which signifies the victory of light over darkness.
“Diwali celebrates luck and fortune,” said Leela Goel, an EC scholar and junior at ECU. “It is one of the major holidays in India.”
The festivities included traditional Indian crafts, food, music and dancing.
The Ledonia Wright Cultural Center and the ISA co-sponsored the event, which was the largest Diwali festival ever celebrated on ECU’s campus. Organizers plan to make the celebration an annual event.