SANTA CLARA -- For 28 years, Santa Clara University's Multicultural Center has sponsored the Global Village festival to showcase the private Jesuit university's growing diversity.

On Sunday, several cultural student organizations were out in full force, drawing students, neighbors and prospective students and their families to what essentially was a big street fair.

"It's a chance to come together and promote cultural diversity on campus," said Olivia Benson, 21, a senior who is active in MEChA, SCU's dominant Latino student organization. Benson and several friends were selling fresh tacos and aqua fresca drinks; many of the student groups were preparing and selling food as a way to raise money for the student organizations. "We have 50-plus active members, plus nine board members."

The Multicultural Center, or MCC, is the multicultural programming body and racial/ethnic advocacy voice for the campus community. The MCC supports nine cultural student organizations: the Asian Pacific-Islander Student Union, Barkada (Filipino), Chinese Student Association, Igwebuike (Black/Pan-African), Intandesh (South Asian), Ka Mana'o O Hawai'i, the Japanese Student Association, MEChA and the Vietnamese Student Association. Membership in any of these student organizations is open to the entire Santa Clara community.

Sunday's Global Village festival coincides with Preview Weekend, when students who have been admitted to Santa Clara University often tour the campus as they are making final decisions about where to attend. The private Jesuit university is California's oldest institution of higher learning.

SCU's Class of 2016 is 49 percent white, 18 percent multiethnic, 17 percent Asian and 8 percent Hispanic/Latino, according to the university's website. The students come from 38 states and 18 countries.

The Chinese Student Association made dumplings, while Intandesh sold small henna tattoos for $3. A stage featured several student performances, from the a cappella group Supertonic! to the hip hop group Hipnotik. Nearby, a jumpy house set up on the lawn was popular with young children. Some students tweeted about the event using the hashtag #MCCGlobalVillage.

"This event is entirely student run," said Sania Bagai, a sophomore, as she handed out bubbles and yo-yos to young children. "It's grown every year."

Contact Dana Hull at 408-920-2706. Follow her at Twitter.com/danahull.