By Lynette Evans-Tiernan, Communications Manager for the J-Visa Exchange Visitor Program
November 13-17 was International Education week. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of an effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.
See how some of our sponsors celebrated the occasion:
Loyola Marymount University’s Office for International Students and Scholars hosted Global Citizen Day as part of their month-long WorldFest series. This event featured a fair with tables sponsored by the Study Abroad Office, International Relations major, faculty, student clubs, and other campus groups highlighting all the opportunities LMU offers to engage with the world. Students used special passports to visit the tables, later exchanging them for food from around the world. While students engaged in conversation at the global fair, the Filipino and Chinese culture clubs performed the traditional folk dance Tinikling and a Chinese lion dance.
Saint Mary’s College of California hosted an international travel photo contest. In the weeks leading up to International Education Week, faculty, staff and students were asked to submit a photo of their choosing from their travels. Photos were posted on the website and the Saint Mary’s community (all faculty, staff and students) voted for their favorite photo. This year two photos tied for first place. The winners received gift cards as the first place prize.
The Global Engagement Office at the University of Colorado Springs organized a Parade of Nations on campus, in which international students wore traditional clothes and/or carried their home countries’ flags.
Additionally, the Asian Pacific Islander Student Union hosted its annual Raging Asians cultural event to showcase different Asian countries with their diverse cultural backgrounds. Quizzes and special food, drinks, candies and snacks helped students understand a set of diverse cultural identities of Asia including Japan, China, Guam, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Fiji.
American Hospitality Academy brought a group of J-1s to Marco Island Charter Middle School to present about their home cultures and customs. J-1’s worked together to create a fun and interactive program to tell these students about their country and culture and then to answer questions that came from the group which included “What do you like the most about your home country?,” “How do you say _____ in your language?” and “What is the biggest difference you notice about the way we do things and how you do things in your country?” Each day J-1s presented to six different classes that included about 25 students each time totaling 150 middle schoolers.
Education, Travel and Culture hosted an International Night with J-1s in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The community was invited to join students for a fun-filled evening of food, facts and festivities. Dishes from all over the world were served including food from China, Thailand, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Brazil. Students gave presentations about their home countries to a group of 175 people.
“I hope that students recognize the importance of a global perspective and how much there is to explore around our world,” reflected Robert Eyler, Dean of the School of Extended and International Education at Sonoma University and J-1 Sponsor. “It’s great when one becomes more global and sees that you can live abroad and have amazing experiences.”
International Education Week allowed students to start their own unique journey. Whether they wanted to study abroad, work, intern or volunteer, it was a chance for them to learn about their options.
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|About Nicole Elkon|
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange
Nicole Elkon joined the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange in September 2021. Until June 2021, Ms. Elkon was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Human Rights First, an independent advocacy organization focused on human rights and the rule of law. Prior to her position as COO, Ms. Elkon was a Senior Advisor at Results for America (RFA), a non-profit organization focused on advancing data-driven, evidence based public policy at all levels of government. She also served as Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of ECA and was Director of the Office of Public Private Partnerships at ECA working to leverage strategic partnerships to enhance Administration foreign policy priorities.Read More
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