“Empowerment through International Education” is the theme for this year’s International Education Week on campus, which begins Monday, Nov. 14 and runs through Friday, Nov. 18.
Sponsored by the Division of International Affairs, International Education Week draws attention to NIU’s increasing strides towards internationalization at NIU. This year’s theme celebrates NIU’s many opportunities for allowing students, faculty and staff to experience internationalization and achieve global competency.
Highlights of the week include a volunteer opportunity with Feed My Starving Children, a Mongolian music concert, a Middle Eastern music concert, a study abroad reunion, an international movie night and a Culture Fest. Additional events include the Asian American Resource Center hosting a cultural education series on Burma as part of their OHANA program on Tuesday, Nov. 15, and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies hosting speakers Dr. Catherine Raymond from the Center for Burma Studies and Ma Sandar Wynn from University Libraries on Friday, Nov. 18. The Division will focus on achievements in international education with the announcement of winners of campus international education awards, including outstanding student awards and an outstanding international educator award. International menus are being offered in the residence halls and Blackhawk Food Court all week long, and international displays are up in Holmes Student Center and Founders Memorial Library.
There are also a number of campus activities open to all. These include:
- Friday, Nov. 11. A pre-International Education Week event includes the opportunity to volunteer with Feed My Starving Children, 3 – 5 p.m. Contact the International Student and Faculty Office at [email protected] or 815-753-1346 to volunteer.
- Saturday, Nov. 12. Mongolian Music Concert sponsored by the School of Music, 5 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Music Building.
- Monday, Nov. 14. Cookie giveaway, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in MLK Commons, Holmes Student Center, DuSable and Barsema Halls.
- Tuesday, Nov. 15. International Dress Day where faculty, staff and students are encouraged to wear their favorite clothing, accessories or apparel from the cultures of their choice; ACIREMA Event, 10 a.m. in the Capitol Room of the Holmes Student Center (advance registration required – [email protected]); the International Recognition Reception, 3 p.m. in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center; OHANA program series on Burma hosted by the Asian American Resource Center, 5 p.m. in the Capitol Room of the Holmes Student Center; International Movie Night, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Cole Hall 100; and Middle Eastern Music Concert sponsored by the School of Music, 6:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Music Building.
- Wednesday, Nov. 16. Chinese Music Concert sponsored by the School of Music, 6:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Music Building.
- Thursday, Nov. 17. Culture Fest, 6 – 8 p.m. in the Atrium and Auditorium of Wirtz Hall.
- Friday, Nov. 18. Speakers Dr. Catherine Raymond from the Center for Burma Studies and Ma Sandar Wynn from University Libraries hosted by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, 12 p.m. in Room 125 of Altgeld Hall.
- Monday, Nov. 21. The International Student and Faculty Office (ISFO) will host a special Thanksgiving dinner for all international students. The dinner will be held in the evening at the Holmes Student Center. RSVP to the invitation is required to attend.
- Tuesday, Nov. 22. Women’s Basketball Diversity Night sponsored by Athletics, 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center.
In addition to public activities, the Division of International Affairs is also hosting a number of invitation-only events during the week, including a reception for study abroad program directors. And on Nov. 17, Phi Beta Delta, the international honor society, will induct new members.
For further details, contact International Affairs at 815-753-9526 or [email protected]