“Once you have met someone from Puerto Rico, China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia and you put a face with a culture, where you have a person instead of just an idea, it makes it so much more real and we start to break down those barriers,” said Lindsey Ingmire, IMSSO assistant director for programming and international student advisor.
The week began with an International Fashion Show in BazTech. The events continue on Nov. 15 with a student panel discussion where international students will discuss traditional practices and customs that are unique to their part of the world from noon to 1 p.m. in BazTech.
Also on Nov. 15, a language dinner table is offered to students who are currently studying a foreign language. This is a free dinner where students get to interact with peers from foreign countries that speak the language they are studying. There is only one rule: no English. This event takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Williamson Dining Hall.
On Nov. 16 a new addition to this years events is the “Traveling Arts Festival: Cuba.” Jeannie Stone, MLA graduate from Tech, is the artist in charge of the event. Through her Puerto Rican roots, Stone has had influences in her life that inspired this Cuban themed event. Ingmire said the event leans towards “tearing down hate” with “local artist, performers, traditional artists and many more.” There will be food trucks on site for this event from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Young Ballroom.
On Nov. 17 IMSSO will host another new event, “They Call Me Q.” The event is an off- broadway, one woman play about Qurrat Kadwani, a woman born in India, but moved to America when she was still a young child. The play shows how she never “fit in” and the struggles and triumphs she had along the way of being a part of two different cultures. This event is from 4 p.m. to 6p.m. in the Doc Bryan Lecture Hall.
On Nov. 18, the week ends with an International Festival and Talent Expo. Ingmire said the expo “is open to all students and is geared towards culturalism.” There are prizes for first, second and third place. Food will be provided before the event, which starts at 6 p.m. in the Doc Bryan Lecture Hall.
“When you meet someone from another country your lens starts to change a little bit,” Ingmire said. “This is a week we should celebrate because we need a little bit of support, we need a little bit of encouragement to bring it back to perspective after the election.”
From Nov. 14 to Nov. 16 students can participate in the International Photo Contest. All students, including American students, are invited to enter. The theme of the photo contest is “experiences, memories and feelings shared by people as it relates to having fun.” Deadline to submit final photos is Nov. 16, and winners will be announced during the International Festival on Nov. 18. If your photos are selected they will be on display during the festival. Email your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the events during International Education Week are On Track events: International Talent Show, Traveling Arts Festival: Cuba, They Call Me Q and the International Festival and Talent Expo.
For more information go online to www.atu.edu/imsso/.