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ASU celebrates International Education Week with a series of events

The week's events range from career mixers to cross-cultural dialogue

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"This week is International Education week, which brings ASU organizations together showcase other cultures." Illustration published on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.

This week marks International Education Week, which brings in ASU organizations and clubs to promote awareness about the background and history of the many cultures across ASU’s campuses. 

The joint initiative by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education aims to celebrate international education. With a student population that represents 42 countries, ASU's international community has a strong presence from clubs to cultural initiatives that promote cultural diversity and inclusion.

Here is a roundup of some events happening throughout International Education Week at ASU.

Nov. 21: Fear of a Black Republic: U.S.-Haitian Relations in the Aftermath of the Haitian Revolution

Visiting the School of History, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, author and professor at the University of Oregon Leslie M. Alexander will be speaking about African American foreign policy and discussing Haiti's current social and political standing after the Haitian Revolution. 

This event is located at the Memorial Union in Coconico 246 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Nov. 21: Study Abroad Campus Day

ASU's Study Abroad Office will have a staff member at the Downtown Phoenix campus to provide information about how students can afford to study in another country and the various options ASU has for students. 

Carrie Herrera Niesen, manager of marketing and publicity for the ASU Study Abroad Office, said that only 3% of American college students study in another country. 

“When you have study abroad in your resume, you are willing to put yourself outside your comfort zone," Niesen said. "Typically you learn problem solving skills and critical thinking skills."

This specific study abroad event will take place in Taylor Mall from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Nov. 22: Let's Chat Series Workshop: Slang & Idioms

This series of workshops, a collaboration between the International Students and Scholars Center and Global Launch, is centered around teaching international students how to use English idiomatic expression. 

Cara Appleton, a program coordinator at the ISSC, said the series aims to teach students how to navigate some of the many challenging idioms that the English language presents. 

The event will be in the Student Services Building amphitheater from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Nov. 22: Coffee and Conversation

This community event, also hosted by the International Students and Scholars Center, connects domestic and international students over coffee and other snacks as they engage in cross-cultural communication. 

Appleton said the event is centered around Thanksgiving and celebrations from other cultures as students exchange ideas about the values and traditions behind the various cultural gatherings during the season. 

“Students, faculty and scholars all come together to share international experiences where they all exchange ideas about culture, whether it be a U.S. culture or (celebrations) from other cultures." Appleton said. 

Nov. 22: Fall Indian Student Alumni Mixer 

The Indian Student Association and International Students and Scholars Center are hosting a career mixer for Indian students to network with Indian ASU alumni who are now professionals. 

"(The) cultural aspect is that they are able to talk about being a person who is from India in the working world in the U.S. and how to navigate that system," Appleton said.

Shreya Kumar, a graduate student studying electrical engineering, said this event allows students to meet new people and make connections. 

“Getting out allows us to engage and helps us to take some time (in) our monotonous schedule because sitting in a classroom, you cannot get to know who has already taken a job in your field or ask for career advice.” 

This event will be in the Student Pavilion from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

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Anusha NatarajanDiversity Officer

Anusha Natarajan is in her third year at ASU studying sociology, history, and political science. She previously served as a reporter for the community and culture desk for four semester and helps with Spanish translation and oversees diversity efforts in the newsroom. 

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