Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 kick started the annual International Education Week. With activities to come, the Multicultural and International Programs and Services (MIPS) office gathered international students to give a presentation of their home country.
In collaboration with the Center for Women, a few of the international students conducted their presentations on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. The Center for Women hosts these presentations because it wants to allow women the opportunity to share their perspective of their country, and to be acknowledged by those who are unfamiliar with different parts of the world. Pa Lor, MIPS office coordinator, acted as emcee, and introduced the three countries featured that night, which were Lebanon, Kenya and Palestine. Each presentation discussed culture, lifestyle, important figures and, of course, mouthwatering cuisines.
“I think it’s a good way to expose St. Kate’s to different traditions and perspectives. Original presentations from international students allow us to see their countries in their own eyes, and the enjoyment that they experience in being proud of their country,” Lor said.
The Lebanese presentation, conducted by Malvina Moujaes ’17, centered on the family unit of the community and endless varied Lebanese dishes. Betty Avude ’17 lead Kenya’s presentation, which was more educational,and offered a feminine perspective of the country, talking about how women in the presenter’s part of the country are on top socially. Finally, Palestine’s presentation by Sali Sisalem ’17 talked about the beauty and the diversity of the culture, and their enchanting scenery.
“International speakers evoke some of the reasons to study abroad in their presentations, and they also bring up reasons for choosing St. Kate’s,” Lor said. “We enjoy the opportunity given to those students, which allows them to connect and experience the world out of their comfort zone.”
The countries of Haiti and Kosovo are being presented on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. The international students are thrilled to be a part of this educational week, because of the opportunities available to enrich the minds of other students, and provide a taste of what home is like for them. So, come on down and become internationalized.