International Education Week spices up campus

By Erik Carr

International Education Week, a five-day event celebrating world
cultures and perspectives, took place last week all over
campus.

Faiza Shereen, director of the International Center, said the
purpose of International Education Week is to “Internationalize the
campus,” and its specific goals are to “bring awareness among
students and faculty of the outside world.”

“Global Citizenship for the 21st Century” was the theme for this
year’s event.Sponsors for the event included the Cal Poly
Foundation, Associated Students, Inc., as well as off-campus
organizations such as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Universal
Studios.

The event kicked off last Sunday with the two-day International
Research Conference, which “encourages interdisciplinary dialogue
about global citizenship in all its manifestations and
variations.”

The conference commenced with a luncheon, where the
international guest speaker was Fatima Sadiqi.

Sadiqi is a world-renowned professor of Linguistics and Gender
Studies in the Department of English at Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah
University in Morocco.

Sadiqi’s speech was titled “Native Culture in the Global
Context: The Role of Women.”

Those in attendance were able to feast from any one of nine
entrees and two soups, all representing 10 different countries and
regions of the world. Some of the dishes included Tandoori chicken
skewers, representing India and chicken oregano soup with lentils,
representing Greece.

This was followed last Tuesday by the International Festival,
which took place in the University Park, showcased the Study Abroad
Fair, the International Food Festival, the International Parade and
a Taiko Drum Performance.

In the International Parade, many of the participants wore
traditional garments proudly displaying their allegiance to the
given nationality or religion.

Wednesday was headlined by the International Happy Hour, which
was hosted in the International Center, located in Building 1,
where $1 was donated for every person present towards UNICEF’s Tap
Project.

On Thursday, the last day of the conference, a panel discussion
took place at Ursa Minor in the Bronco Student Center.

The Panel consisted of Katie Mock, a recruiter for the Disney
College Program; Allan Paloutzian, a retired regional recruiter in
the Peace Corp; Carolina Garza De Luna, a Cal Poly alumna of the
gender, ethnicity, and multicultural studies department; Shelley
Bruce, a fourth-year GEMS and fine arts student; and Leah Newell,
the International Center’s associate director, who also moderated
the event.

The topic of discussion was Global Citizenship: What’s in it for
me? One of the focuses of the discussion was that through personal
experiences, people form certain views of the world.

The week ended with the International Banquet at Kellogg West.
The Rev. James Heft was the keynote speaker.

Heft is the acting Alton Brooks professor of religion and
president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the
University of Southern California.

“Students will have to be globally competent about the world
beyond their immediate zone of comfort, to succeed in the 21st
century,” said Shereen. “No job in the next generation will not
entail international connections/aspects.”

Shereen said next year she hopes to provide more efficient
events and more education on the topics to better internationalize
Cal Poly.

Reach Erik Carr at: news@thepolypost.com

International Education Week spices up campus

Paul Rosales/Poly Post

International Education Week spices up campus

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