Temi Ogunnoiki

International Education Week

This week at Calvin College, ISAC (International Students Association Committee) is hosting its first-ever international week!! (I hope you can read my excited from the exclamation marks!)

In case you're wondering what that is:

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.
— United States Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs

And here at Calvin College, this is something new we just started celebrating. So far it has been an awesome week filled with so many great, exciting, educational events. And most importantly food. Food, especially international food, is always great. Here are a few events and pictures:

  • Sunday - International Students Worship Night
  • Monday - Wear Your World Day
  • Tuesday - World Street Fair: crafts & snacks
  • Wednesday - International Chapel led by Indonesian students
  • Thursday - International student & faculty collaboration: Professor asks panel of international students questions given by faculty about working with international students in their classrooms.
  • Friday - International Treasure in dorms (dorm lobbies transformed with décor, music, and food from another country) and International Potluck in Phi-Chi lobby--free food from around the world!
  • Saturday - Korean movie ("Memories of Murder") 

As an international student, I wondered what this week meant to me. Being in a predominantly white school, I believe it's an honor for us to take part in this celebration. It is an intentional opportunity to educate others about different cultures. What I love the most was that this week, cultures weren't playing the blame game on white people. We all admitted our faults and together discovered ways to be more intentional about our interactions! I would say overall the week was successful and, of course, very enjoyable!

Me dancing for international worship night.  

Me dancing for international worship night.  

Wear Your World Day!

Wear Your World Day!

World Street Fair

World Street Fair

Ending of International Worship Night.

Ending of International Worship Night.

-Temi.