A celebration and recognition of the international student body was on a weeklong display during International Education Week (IEW).
TAMUK celebrated IEW during the days of Nov.14, 2016 through Nov. 18, 2016. This celebration had a variety of events, speakers, and food.
This event helps celebrate and inform students about the different cultures and countries that mix within the TAMUK student body and included participation from people and institutions interested in international education.
“Students from the U.S. as well as from other countries study and learn together and share various perspectives that can lead to improved international relations as well as cooperation, collaboration and diplomacy across the globe,” Elizabeth Laurence, Coordinator for International and Multicultural Services, said.
The event kicked off on Monday, Nov. 14, at the Pavilion located next to the Memorial Student Union Building (MSUB) where the International Student Organization performed a flash mob. The event also had different booths supporting culture and international students.
On, Nov. 16, Cultural Presentations by student presenters shared knowledge about their culture and country.
With the TAMUK International Population at approximately 18.6 percent, there was a good representation of countries and cultures.
TAMUK’s international students come from India, Nigeria, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Iran, China, Korea, Kuwait, Nepal, Taiwan, Colombia, Venezuela, Thailand, Guatemala, Uruguay, Russia, Poland, Niger, Uganda, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Syria, Macedonia, Japan and many more different countries with an estimate of about 45 different countries.
The Cultural Presentations had guest speaker, Jonas Attilus, a first generation college student who won a United Nations award for an essay written in one of his second languages, Spanish.
Thursday, Nov. 17, an International Thanksgiving Luncheon was held at St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Hall. This potluck meal had different students brining food from there respected culture and our culture.
Later in the day was a screening of “Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery” which was held at the Office of Student Activities Social Hall located on Santa Gertrudis Ave.
The film-follows filmmaker Walter Dominguez’s decade-long quest in finding crucial missing pieces in his grandfather’s life. While doing so, Dominguez learns about the wider historical forces that compelled his grandfather to emigrate from Mexico to the United States at the turn of the last century and also locate his long-lost family of origin in Mexico.
This weeklong event had food, fun and different cultures being celebrated at TAMUK. “In an area where the dominate races are Mexican, White and African American it is good to see a celebration of different cultures,” says Marisol Castillo, an Architectural Engineering Major.