International Education Week Promotes Cultural Awareness

International Education Week Promotes Cultural Awareness
Adelaida Alavez wears a Mixteca outfit from the coastal area of Oaxaca at the 2006 International Fashion Show.
Students dance during the International Fashion Show.

Cal Poly Pomona will join universities nationwide in a celebration to honor cultures from around the world during its third annual International Education Week, Nov. 17-21.

The weeklong series of events, which aim to promote global awareness and diversity, is an opportunity for guests to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange.

The festivities kick off with an opening ceremony and international parade. Students, faculty and staff will march from Building 1 to the University Quad while wearing traditional clothing from their native countries.

An array of entertaining activities will be held each day in honor of the different cultures. Among the lineup of events is guest speaker Tom Plate, author and newspaper columnist who has worked for major media institutions such as TIME magazine and the Los Angeles Times.

“International Education Week is about reminding people to take notice of and appreciate the opportunity of diverse cultural interaction that now exists in our everyday world,” says Leah Newell, associate director of The International Center.

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Monday, Nov. 17

Flag Exhibition Day — All Day — Chalk your country's flag. Stop by the International Center to pick up chalk.

Tuesday, Nov. 18

International Parade (Opening Ceremony) — 11:45 a.m., University Quad — Come out to watch or participate in the parade. Those interested in participating should meet at Building 1 at 11:30 a.m. Traditional garments are encouraged, but not required.

Opening Remarks — Noon, University Quad — Provost Marten denBoer will speak.

International Food Festival — 12:05 to 1 p.m., University Quad

Dance Performance — 12:15 to 12:30 p.m. – Presented by the Malaysian Student Association.

International Learning and Travel — 12:30 to 1 p.m., University Quad — Cal Poly Pomona's First Lady, Betty Ortiz, will speak. Free popsicles will be served.

Movie Night — 5:30 p.m., AGRIscapes — Foreign films will be shown.

Wednesday, Nov. 19

International Fun and Games Workshop — 1 to 3 p.m., Ursa Major AB – Henna Tattoos, Chinese Calligraphy, Speed Social, Learn Another Language, Study Abroad, International Games.

Study Abroad Information Session — 3 to 4 p.m., International Center

International Banquet — 5:30 p.m., Kellogg West — Come dress up in your traditional garments. Please RSVP at the International Center.

Thursday, Nov. 20

The Importance of Being An Internationalist: Perspectives from a Syndicated U.S. Newspaper Columnist — noon to 1 p.m., Ursa major AB — Guest speaker Tom Plate. Free pizza will be served.

Cooking Demonstration — 4 to 5 p.m., Ursa Major AB — Learn how to make an international dish such as crepes and yakisoba.

International Pot Luck — 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., International Center — Admission Is $3. Free for those who bring food.

Karaoke — 6:30 p.m., International Center

Friday, Nov. 21

International Dodgeball Tournament — 6:30 p.m., Kellogg Gym