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UNT celebrates International Education Week

UNT celebrates International Education Week

UNT International marches in the Homecoming parade. International Education Week takes place November 13 to November 17, and events will be held across campus. Mallory Cammarata

UNT celebrates International Education Week
November 15
16:23 2017

Monday marked the beginning of International Education Week at UNT and will consist of events throughout the week that will look to celebrate international education and exchange worldwide, an official from UNT International said.

International Education Week is an initiative jointly developed by the U.S. Departments of Education and State, for the sake of preparing the United States for a global environment and enticing future leaders to come here to study, learn and exchange experiences. The event has been a yearly occurrence since it began in 2000 and UNT has taken part in the event since its inception.

UNT International helps organize the week. Beyond the events, Nicole Conant, assistant director of departmental marketing for UNT International, said their main goal is to help UNT’s 2,500 international students feel more welcome and enrich campus life.

“International Education Week helps to highlight the importance and value of international education and exchange,” Conant said. “So, really go all-out and host a number of events during the week to help bring the world to UNT.”

Conant explained UNT International works alongside various student groups like the Political Science Student Organization and departments like the Department of Linguistics to put together the events for the week. Some of these events include Italian and Arabic movie nights, Arabic and South Asian language symposiums and an open house on Guatemalan fashion, though each day features a number of sponsored events.

In addition to the above events, dining halls served themed lunches throughout the week. Some of those include Brazilian and Irish food at Kerr and Latin street food at Mean Greens, though there are five other themed menus at the halls scheduled throughout the week.

Peter Balabuch, director of resident dining for UNT cafeterias, said many of these themes were decided on by the cafeteria staff at each hall.

“We leave the menus up to the on-site chefs,” Balabuch said. “A lot of times it really depends on the student workers working with us. Sometimes we are really fortunate to have student workers from, say, India, that can really bring great authentic recipes in for the week. It helps to have a chef from Puerto Rico and Germany to make our Puerto Rican and German food. It really plays well.”

Between the international food and the various events of the week, students like journalism major Oriana Valderrama are expressing positive reactions to the week.

“I think it is a very good program,” Valderrama said. “Most international students know about these events, but a lot of other students do not, so it provides a good way to help expose those cultures.”

Valderrama, an international student from Venezuela, is encouraged by the week. She hopes the week could have a positive, clique-breaking impact on both international and non-international students at UNT.

“Not a lot of people are really aware of everything that is going on outside of their own bubble in general,” Valderrama said. “It is good to have one week of appreciation of other cultures and perhaps encouragement to explore outside of our own bubbles.”

Featured Image: UNT International marches in the Homecoming parade. International Education Week takes place November 13 to November 17, and events will be held across campus. Mallory Cammarata

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