Global Connections: R-MC Celebrates International Education Week (2015)

Dec 02, 2015

International education week card

It was a week filled with discovery as Randolph-Macon College celebrated International Education Week (IEW) November 16-20, 2015.This campus-wide event had something for everyone, as participants explored and celebrated cultural diversity. Films, lectures, special foods: all were part of R-MC’s homage to IEW. The Office of International Education (OIE) partnered with other departments and with student groups for this annual event. This year's theme was Disasters Happen: Response, Relief & Recovery.

International Education Week was filled with fun, informative activities:

The week's kick-off event, the International Showcase, brought together students, faculty, staff, and Ashland residents through fashion, dance, music and food. The event featured student-led activities organized by Marylita Poma Pacheco '16, Aleena Niaz '16, and Claudia Marina Della Pona '17.

At the Passport Around the World event, sponsored by the International Interest Group, international students shared the culture and customs of their homelands.

A panel discussion, "Empowering Students to Succeed through Foreign Languages in a Global World," was sponsored by the Modern Languages Department. Panelists from a variety of international companies discussed the importance of learning and mastering a foreign language in order to better participate in the global economy.

Filmmaker Jawad Wahabzada joined IEW participants for a screening of his documentary film "Children of Kabul," which provides rare access to the war-torn streets of Kabul, Afghanistan, and stories of the unnoticed child laborers and their perilous future.

The McGraw-Page Library display, "Cuba – U.S. Relations," featured Cuba-related headlines and publications. In January 2016, R-MC students will travel with Professors Alphine Jefferson (history) and Brian Turner (political science) to Cuba.

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"IEW is a great opportunity," says Mayumi Nakamura, assistant director of international education. "We look forward to next year’s event. International Education Week is a wonderful opportunity to learn and celebrate."