Are You Interested in Learning About Other Cultures?

Flags of the WorldAre you interested in learning about different countries and cultures around the world? Have you studied abroad or are you interested in doing so? Would you like the opportunity to listen to different languages and music while sampling food?

If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, the Global Expo next week might be of interest to you. The Expo, sponsored by SU International Club, will showcase different countries and cultures around the world.

“It will consist of different booths representing different countries that may have an interactive component, such as language learning, music to hear or food to sample,” senior Jessica Bolton said. Bolton, along with senior Leslie Lube, are not only members of the International Club, but also worked to revive the club this year. They, along with the Office of Intercultural Learning, are hosting this event.

“The whole SU community is invited to participate as well as to attend, and we hope that the Georgetown community will come also, particularly children from local schools,” Bolton said. This event will also serve as a fundraiser in support of OxFam International, an organization that works with countries around the world.

“We would like to raise $1,500 to go towards rebuilding a primary school somewhere in a country of need in honor of International Education Week, which is Nov. 16-20 this year,” Bolton said.

International Education Week is an initiative of the U.S. State Department to encourage cross-cultural communication and learning. Throughout the week schools and organizations across the country will be hosting global events.

The club has plans to encourage donations to their cause by selling paper “bricks.” Visitors can make a donation in the amount of their choice and decorate a brick. “When we put them up together the bricks will symbolize the rebuilding of the school,” Bolton said.

The bricks will be sold at the event as well as throughout International Education week. The club suggests that students donate bricks as gifts for the holidays. Recipients will be provided with a copy of the brick that explains the purpose of the project as well as the amount of the donation made in their name.

Individual students as well as departments will participate in the Expo. Senior Giulia Giuffre will host a table about Turkey. She traveled there during high school and is excited to share her experience with visitors during the Expo.

“I’m really excited about the Expo,” she said. “I’m going to have a lot of souvenirs from my travels in Turkey. I’m also going to have supplies so that people can make Evil Eyes.”

For those who are interested in the International Club, here are key points regarding the organization. The International Club is attempting to create a community of persons who have studied abroad along with others who are interested in studying abroad.

“We are trying to provide a forum to match up people who have studied abroad or would like to study abroad in order to encourage discussion and put on events representing a certain region so that others can learn more about the place,” Bolton said.

Lori Ivins, the adviser to the International Club, echoed her statement. She said, “The International Club is open to anyone interested in other countries and cultures. We also provide a forum for our international exchange and degree-seeking students to assist them in navigating our SU, Texas and U.S. culture.”

It is a goal for the Office of Intercultural Learning to obtain more exchange and international students to further diversify the SU community. However, this club does not only serve these two purposes. The International club is also looking to further reach out to international students currently attending SU in concrete ways.

“Another function of the club is to make the international students currently studying abroad at SU feel more at home and allow them to travel more widely throughout Texas because there is no way for them to get around here like their public transportation systems back home,” Bolton said.
Later on in the year, the International Club plans to go on several field trips. Possible places include Enchanted Rock or the Houston Rodeo.

For more information on the Global Expo, please contact the Office of Intercultural Learning or the International Club. To learn more about International Education Week, see their website here
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The Global Expo will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Bishop’s Lounge in the McCombs Campus Center. This event will be free of charge; however, donations are welcomed and will go towards the aforementioned fundraiser.

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