Keuka College will celebrate International Education Week (Nov. 18-23) with a variety of events.
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Keuka College International Club (KCIC), International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Celebrated across the country, the week also promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.
According to Allison Schultz, international student adviser, International Education Week “is dedicated to celebrating and promoting the importance of international education here at home, as well as overseas.
“Whether it’s getting to know our international students better, or encouraging our domestic students to travel abroad,” said Schultz, “International Education Week is a wonderful way to remind students, staff, and faculty that though we may come from different places, we are united by our desire to learn more about the world around us, be it by arts, crafts, food, music, or general conversation.”
International Education Week ”provides an opportunity to learn more about each other in fun and interesting ways,” said Chevanne DeVaney director of multicultural affairs and direstor of the Women’s Center. ”We are hopeful that these events will encourage more students to expand their worldview by venturing outside of the U.S.”
Among the events to mark the week at Keuka include an African drumming presentation Wednesday, Nov. 20, by Wacheva, a multicultural dance and drumming group from Syracuse. The group will perform “Rhythms of African Drumming” from 5-6 p.m. in the Weed Physical Arts Center’s auxiliary gym. The name Wacheva comes from the language of the Gouro people, an ethnic group in West Ivory Coast, West Africa, and means ‘unity.’
Another highlight of the week’s events include KCIC’s Mr. and Miss Keuka Pageant fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 23, from 8-10 p.m. in Geiser Dining Hall, Dahlstrom Student Center. Admission is $2 per person.
“We have 12 contests in the pageant—six males and six females—and contestants have been asked to showcase their heritage, share cultural norms in their native countries, and answer questions such as ‘what would be a typical outfit for a first date?’” said Schultz.
In addition, 14 students have entered pictures from all over the world in a photo competition. Students can cast a vote for their favorite photos, and three winners will be awarded prizes: 1st place $75, 2nd place $50, and 3rd place $25. All of the photos will be on display in the Geiser Refectory entrance walkway throughout the week.
Other International Education Week events include:
All are free and open to the public.
Keuka enrolls 74 international students representing 14 countries, including Nepal, India, Mexico, Canada, Guatemala, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Lebanon, China, South Africa, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Japan, and Uganda.