November 24, 2010
Last week, Rollins College participated in International Education Week, an annual collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate international education and global exchange. Rollins hosted a series of events throughout the week put together by the Offices of International Student and Scholar Services, International Programs, Multicultural Affairs, and Career Services throughout the week. These events were designed to promote multicultural education and diversity and to attract future leaders to study, learn, and exchange experiences in international affairs.
Some of the featured events included performances of international music and dance such as steel drums, opera, Spanish rock, Flamenco performances, hip-hop dancing, Polynesian dance, and Tinikling (a dance form from the Philippines) in the Cornell Campus Center. Students were also given the opportunity to attend information sessions regarding careers, education and service opportunities around the world. Representatives from the Peace Corps came to campus Monday night, and graduate assistants from Columbia, John Hopkins, Georgetown, Princeton and Tufts spoke to students about their respective graduate programs in International Affairs.
The annual International Photo Contest took place throughout the week, with photos on display in the Darden Lounge. First place winners in the Study Abroad, International Students and Faculty/Staff categories were Kelsey Glennon (Class of 2012), Jackie Chan (Class of 2011) and Administrative Assistant Charles Porter. Other activities included the World Cup Soccer Tournament, which was hosted by Georgi Giorgiev (Class of 2010), internationally-themed cuisine at every meal, and an assortment of international flags across Mills Lawn.
A new way that students showed support for International Education this year was by wearing buttons that represented their respective cultures.
"Each year, we try new initiatives to bring the campus together in this celebration,” said Director of International Student & Scholar Services Jennifer Leon. “One of the best new initiatives we did this year was the distribution of buttons displaying the flag of one’s country of heritage or a country of significance to that individual. The response of the community to this program was overwhelming. It was truly a point of pride for all to have a way to display their heritage and to witness the diversity among us.”
Students wore their buttons throughout the week, either representing their own cultures or cultures that they study and respect.
"I wore a button to support International Education Week and show my passion for French culture," said Christopher McCauley (Class of 2011), who studied abroad in France, applied for a Fulbright scholarship to France, and is interested in joining the Peace Corps after graduation.
The week ended with a series of information sessions in Bush Auditorium about service-learning opportunities internationally. The lectures included "Making Lives Better, Nepal;" "PHI: Individualism and Collectivism: Working with Chinese Students;" "Make Coffee, Not War, Guatemala;" and "Tips for Organizing a SLP by Daniel Chong."