International Education Week Celebrates Global Diversity

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — In celebration of International Education Week Nov. 12-17, Illinois Wesleyan University’s International Office will hold various engaging, informative events to raise awareness about the value of studying abroad and experiencing new cultures.

Several current international students at IWU will share their own experiences at the 3D International Student Panel, which is open to the public, on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Turfler Room in the Memorial Center. The panel, held as part of IWU’s Diversity, Dialogue, and Dignity (3D) Series, will provide domestic students with an opportunity to have an informal Q&A with international students about what brought them to IWU and what living and studying in a foreign country has been like.

For students in search of ways to study abroad themselves, the International Office will host a Study Abroad 101 workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 12 p.m. in CLA 205, where students will learn how to navigate IWU’s new online application system and how to apply for the many study abroad opportunities that IWU offers.

One such opportunity, IWU’s Freeman Asia Internship program, will be featured at 4 p.m. the same day at the Myers Welcome Center. Students will have the chance to talk with past participants about their internship experience and receive information on the various diverse locations in Asia that are available to IWU students for Summer 2019.

In addition, the International Office invites students to expand their knowledge of other cultures through an international jeopardy game in Dugout, as well as by attending presentations from cultural RSOs throughout the week.

In celebrating diverse ways of life around the world, Illinois Wesleyan University is also joining the national #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign, designed to affirm that participating institutions are diverse, friendly, safe and committed to student development. Sending this welcome message from U.S. higher education to international students around the world demonstrates support for internationalization across campus communities and across the country.

By Rachel McCarthy ’21