International Education Week, culture on campus

SF State will celebrate International Education Week, Nov. 12-15, with a variety of activities and information sessions on all things international. 

A photo of students performing a traditional Chinese dragon dance during International Education Week 2012.

Students perform a traditional Chinese dragon dance during last year's Chinese Culture Day.

“The idea is to integrate a global awareness into everyday campus life,” said Jay Ward, associate director of the Office of International Programs (OIP). “So many different cultures are represented on our campus and we want to celebrate as many as possible.”

Throughout the week international cuisine will be available on campus. Student groups will participate in the Cultural Food Fair in the main quad, the Vista Room will feature international lunches throughout the week, and the Dining Center will serve a different international cuisine for dinner each night.

Associate Professor of History Trevor Getz will moderate the “Day in the Life of a Diplomat” panel discussion on Thursday, Nov. 14. One of the most highly attended events in recent years, working diplomats from various countries will discuss their experiences in international relations and take questions from students.

A photo of a student performer during CultureFest 2012.

CultureFest, held Wednesday of International Education Week, showcases student talent and culture through music and dance. 

Other highlights include: Chinese Culture Day on Tuesday, Nov. 12, CultureFEST in Malcolm X Plaza on Wednesday, Nov. 13, and workshops for students interested in studying abroad throughout the week.

“The Bay Area is one of the most diverse parts of the U.S. and we’re very lucky to live here, but many of our students don’t get the opportunity to travel or experience other cultures. With International Education Week, we try to bring a little of the world to them,” said Ward.

International students make up nearly 7 percent the total student body. Last fall SF State enrolled 2,141 international students from 90 different countries. Study abroad programs are available to domestic students in every academic discipline available at SF State. Workshops for students interested in studying abroad are held Monday through Thursday throughout the academic year.  

International Education Week was first celebrated in 2000, supported by President Bill Clinton, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Education. SF State embraced the weeklong structure of International Education Week and currently hosts one of the largest celebrations nationwide, said Ward.

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-- Gianna Devoto