International Education Week opens students’ eyes to new cultures

The "It's a Small World" event allowed students to learn about different countries and try new foods from these places.

Rachel Dvareckas, Herald Contributor

International Education Week was celebrated on campus from Nov 12 to Nov. 16. Below are brief descriptions of some of the events that took place over the week.

Taste of Middle East and North Africa Dinner:

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Middle Eastern and North African meals were served at the Señor Hawks station in Upper Commons. For dinner, Moroccan beef kabobs, Egyptian macaroni béchamel, Al kabsa, Madeira pork, and kushari were served. Dessert consisted of baklava, kanafeh, and umm ali. This station opened up a new world for students where they could sample foods from a new ethnic background, and it opened up a new culture to explore. Expanding the global kitchen in Upper Commons is a way for people to try new things and learn about different cultures, which is the purpose of International Education Week.

Makeup Around the World:

On Nov. 14, SAGA and the International Ambassadors joined together to put on an event about makeup around the globe, as well as non-binary and transgender makeup. This event was held in the Intercultural Center Multipurpose Room and was very intimate. There was a table in the center of the room covered in different types of makeup. People were gathered around the table getting their makeup done by student artists representing different backgrounds like Asian, Greek and Latina.

Gabby Porcaro, the LGBTQ coordinator says “This event showcases how makeup is used around the world and explores how different cultures use makeup.”

People were laughing and having fun while learning about different cultures. Music was playing and there was a sense of community within the room where people of all different races and ethnicities came together for the same purpose.

International Jeopardy Game Show:

An International Jeopardy Game Show took place on Nov. 15. It was held in GHH and consisted of four teams of three playing against each other. The room was lively and full of laughter and competitive spirits.

The categories for questions were geography, architecture, books and other. The questions ranged in monetary value from $100 to $500 with five questions in each category. The teams were given twenty-five blank slips of paper where they would write their answers down and run it to the judges at the front of the room. If a team got the answer right, they would receive the appropriate points. An example of one question was “which country has the most world heritage sites in the world?” The answer to this question was Italy. Overall, the event was small and intimate, and the participants had a lot of fun.

It’s a Small World:

The last day of International Education Week was Friday, Nov. 16, and the International Ambassadors hosted an “It’s a Small World” informational table walk in the GHH atrium. They had tables representing countries around the world with information about them. In the center of the room, a line of tables was set out with food from around the globe. People milled around the atrium going from table to table, trying new foods and gaining new knowledge.

Junior Miranda Rojos, member of the International Ambassadors, was at one of these tables. She says that this event is important because people get the opportunity to learn about different heritages.

“This week went pretty well. It was nice to have different events and for people to learn about different things,” Rojos said.