International Week events embrace, celebrate diversity on campus and in the community
Published March 26, 2012
When Tanvi Sharma arrived at NDSU from her native New Delhi, India, she found herself immersed in a new culture and surroundings. Now she and many other international students get a chance to showcase their own culture to the community.
More than 1,300 students representing 82 countries will be celebrated during International Week, an annual weeklong series of events designed to explore and celebrate diversity from around the world. Scheduled for March 26-30, the events are sponsored by the Office of International Programs and open to campus and the Fargo-Moorhead community.
International Week has been held at NDSU for more than 20 years, and it continues to provide a venue for all students to immerse themselves in the variety of different cultures on campus. “The week stresses the value and importance of international diversity on our campus,” said Lisa Hauck, director of the Office of International Programs.
The week kicks off on Monday, March 26, with an International Expo and a Parade of Nations. The expo features the campus’s international associations and students, who will display and provide information on a variety of cultural items, including crafts, writings and art from their home countries. “We can display our culture, landscape and language to our classmates, staff and faculty at NDSU,” said Shuang Shi, a senior industrial engineering major from China. “I believe it is a good way for us to learn and grow.”
Shi transferred to NDSU from a Chinese university in 2009. She became involved in the International CORE team, which welcomes new international students to campus and helps get them acclimated to a different culture. Those students get a chance to return the favor during International Week. “NDSU is an international ward where you can see people from different cultures,” Shi explains. “It’s good at promoting diversity on campus.”
Shi’s classmate, Xing Zhuang, also is a senior majoring in industrial engineering from China. He’s taking part in International Week’s Tuesday panel, LeaderQuest: A View of Leadership from Different Cultures. The presentation will explore how different cultures view leadership and provide attendees with new ideas and practical applications of how to understand and relate to others. “We’re taking a look at the different leadership styles within the United States and other countries and cultures,” Zhuang said. “It provides different perspectives on how to interact.”
A Brown Bag Seminar on Wednesday, March 28, will discuss the impact of studying abroad on a career search. A panel of returned study abroad students will talk about their experiences standing out during job interviews.
Sharma, a senior majoring in marketing and public relations and advertising, took advantage of NDSU’s study abroad program by spending a semester at the Aarhus School of Business in Aarhus, Denmark. “The experience was tremendous,” she said. “I was sincerely thankful of NDSU for the opportunity. When I came back it was like coming home to NDSU.”
Other International Week events include:
• A visit from Acting Assistant of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of State Michael Hammer, who will discuss career opportunities within the Department of State, foreign policy priorities for 2012 and the department’s Campus Connections Initiative, which aims to engage students in foreign policy issues and topics. – Monday, March 26, Memorial Union Rose Room
• An International Tea Festival in which attendees can sample teas from other countries and learn about the traditions and ceremonies associated with them – Thursday, March 29, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Alba Bales House.
• An International Night variety show featuring songs, dances and theater skits from around the globe – Friday, March 30, 7 p.m., at Festival Concert Hall. Tickets are $5 per person.
For more information, including a full description of the week’s events, visit www.ndsu.edu/international/programming_volunteering/international_week.