NSU celebrates diversity through International Education Week

NSU will celebrate International Education Week from Nov. 12 to Nov. 16, with a week of activities focusing on the international community at NSU.

International Education Week is a joint initiative by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. It is part of efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the U.S.

This is the second year that NSU will celebrate International Education Week. For the week, different activities will highlight NSU’s mission and its core values of diversity, community, and academic excellence.

NSU has an international population of 1,231 students, from 116 countries. Fifty of those countries will be respresented at the “NSU Global Village”, at the Don Taft  University Center on Nov. 12 from 12 to 1 p.m., where students host booths, tell stories, and share food and music from their countries.

Annie Nguyen, freshman biology major, said she thinks it’s amazing that NSU supports opportunities for different people, and that she is looking forward to attending the Global Village event in order to see and learn about other cultures that are different from American culture.

Alejandra Parra, associate director of international affairs, said that International Education Week is organized to raise awareness of the global community at NSU and to help students become global citizens.

Parra said, “It is our hope that the whole university community comes to the event. People should expect a lively week of entertainment and education.  They will learn about different countries, and what it is to be a global citizen, and how they belong to an organization that encourages diversity.”

Roghan Wagimin, sophomore biology major, said that as an international student, she appreciates NSU’s diversity and finds its diversity really interesting, because she gets to learn about other cultures.

Parra said there will be a series of webinars organized by the Abraham S. Fischler School of Education throughout the week, which will all highlight international education. There will also be Optional Practical Training (OPT) and H1B visa workshops for international students, as well as workshops on opportunities for domestic students to study abroad.

Marcela Beyoda, junior marketing major said she has Columbian roots and she loves the diversity that NSU represents. Beyoda said that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to achieve their dreams, and so having workshops on OPT and H1B visas is a great way to offer international students the opportunities they need for success. She would like to study aboard, and is looking forward to attending the workshops that will discuss opportunities for that.

For more information on International Education Week, visit www.nova.edu/internationalstudents.ris

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