Students celebrate culture


Alisia Sanchez

Treasurer and co-president of the International Student Organization, Somayah Ali and member Kelsey Mahan inform about International Education Week.

Trina Goree, Reporter


The International Student Affairs department, headed by Counselor and Coordinator Shohreh Rahman, and the International Student Organization celebrate International Education Week, or IEW, on Nov. 17- 20.

On Nov. 20, BC students from around the globe will present, “Around the World in 40 Minutes!”

The event will be held at 12:15 p.m. in the Simonsen Performing Arts Center, and the presentation will conclude at 12:55. It is open to all students, faculty and staff. No general admission is required for the IEW theater performance. Also, ISA and ISO have coordinated free food and an opportunity to visit among one another outside the theater after the presentation concludes.

“International Education Week is an annual event, which celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange and is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education,” Rahman said.

Rahman also would like students to know that the goal of International Education Week is to celebrate diversity and raise awareness. Rahman also mentioned that another goal is to help students connect.

Celebrating IEW provides students, faculty and staff with opportunities to enjoy the benefit of international education and exchange worldwide. IEW is an opportunity to prepare Americans, BC students included, for a global environment. The IEW enables BC students, faculty and staff to develop a broader understanding of world cultures and languages while creating and enduring friendships among cultures.

ISO had an informational booth set up Nov. 17-18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. promoting International Education Week, the theater presentation of “Around the World in 40 Minutes!” and club membership.

At the ISO booth were club treasurer and co-president Somayah Ali as well as members Kelsey Mahan and Seungju (Jane) Lee. The three BC students assisted other students with information and questions as needed.

ISO president Rochelle Czar mentioned, “I want students to know it is a great way to know we have cultural diversity on campus and that international students and their attributes can impact the way you see the world, in a more profound way.”