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International Education Week

The Office of International Programs will host a series of events during International Education Week (November 15-19).  If you plan to offer extra credit for students who attend these events, please notify the Office of International Programs in advance by contacting Rebekka Reusser at ext. 6194 or rreusse@uakron.edu.


Monday, November 15

Come Experience Latin American Culture!
UA Latin American students
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Student Union Piano Lounge

This exhibition will allow students to gain information about countries in South and Central America, as well as Mexico.  Learn a little Spanish!  Sample some food and watch some videos on Latin American culture.  These activities are free and open to all, so stop by and have some fun!

Red Cross presents:  Humanitarian Law
Donna Early, Red Cross
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in Student Union 308

The topics will include current humanitarian law and the efforts the Red Cross does to provide support internationally. 

International Cultural Scenarios Discussion
Facilitator:  Neha Arya from India
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Student Union 310

Dig deeper into yourself.  Come experience what it means to think about cultural scenarios through the eyes of a different culture.  Break down stereotypes, look inside yourself and discuss with others how to relate to different situations as if you were from that culture.

Cross-Cultural Transitions:  Does Gender Matter?
Joyce E. Jadwin, Psychology Intern, Counseling Center
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Student Union 316

Academic Sojourners experience stress during their cross-cultural experiences.  Joyce will discuss the research regarding coping methods among academic sojourners and if gender identity roles impact the transition.


Tuesday, November 16

Come Experience Middle Eastern Culture!
UA Middle Eastern Students & Friends

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Piano Lounge

Discover fragrances and traditional Saudi food, learn about different types of Arabian architecture, and the importance of traditional dances!  There will also be a photo exhibition.  Feel free to browse, taste, and sample the Middle Eastern culture. 

Traditional Saudi Dance Lesson
UA Saudi Males

1 to 2 p.m., Student Union 308
Experience a bit of Saudi culture as some of our Saudi male students demonstrate and teach a traditional male Saudi dance!  This event is open to all.

Canceled: The Saudi Arabian Woman
UA Saudi Women

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Student Union 316

Open your mind and discover the everyday life of a woman in Saudi Arabia. This experience will be open to all women, who want to learn about the traditional lifestyle; who want to sort out the myths from the facts; and who want to learn about the role of Saudi women from Saudi women. This session has been modified and is now open to everyone.

Panel Discussion:  The Three Big Religions of the Western Culture
The Chapel, Hillel and Nasser Razek from Egypt
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Student Union 316

This is a religious panel discussion to speak about the similarities between the three major religious faiths that have their roots in the Middle East.  Topics will include how each person learned about their religion, how they practice as well as share their faith, how they feel their faith is related to other religions. 

Habitat for Humanity Global Presentation
Kelly Brown:  President of Habitat for Humanity, The University of Akron Chapter
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Student Union 316

This presentation will focus on the humanitarian efforts that Habitat for Humanity International does globally.


Wednesday, November 17

Experience Asia
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Piano Lounge

Learn how to write your name in Chinese, give in to your inner creativity by learning calligraphy, or just come & let the atmosphere, music, and colors of Asia surround you!

Career Center:  International Job Search in a Tough Economy
Anna Bahvala:  Assistant Director, Student Employment, Career Center
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Student Union 308

In today’s competitive job market international students need to have an edge for employers to notice them.  This session will uncover the secrets of an effective resume and cover letter, finding career opportunities, and an effective job search process.

Education Abroad Forum
Ms. Linda Marx, Coordinator, International Programs
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Student Union 335

Get first-hand knowledge about the process of studying and working abroad from your peers!  Student sojourners from UA who have been abroad, as well as exchange students studying at UA, discuss their own experiences and describe their host/home institutions.  Staff will be available to answer questions at this informal event. 

Panel Discussions:  The Women of Islam
Women from Africa, America, Egypt, Kashmir, and Saudi Arabia
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Student Union 308

This is a religious panel discussion to speak about the religion of Islam.  These women will speak about their personal religious views; how Islam is usually practiced in their individual country; and how those practices are similar and different in other countries.  Topics can include personal views, traditions, culture and society.


Thursday, November 18

African Heritage Day
The African Students Association (ASA)
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

A day dedicated to celebrating the diversity of Africa!  Members of ASA will be dressed in traditional African outfits from their own part of Africa.  They will bring a bit of their own African culture and story to share.  Everyone is welcome to come and see the pageantry.

Belly Dancing Performance
Performer:  Sarah Malak
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Piano Lounge

Traditional Belly Dancing.  Performances every 15 minutes

Egypt:  History Crossroads
Egyptian Students Association
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Student Union Piano Lounge

Enjoy Egyptian music with various Egyptian sites in the background. Get a taste of calligraphy, art, dances, and artifacts.

Egypt:  Between the Past & the Future
Egyptian Students Association
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Student Union 308

Learn about contemporary Egypt along with controversial cultural, political, and economic issues such as polygamy, free education, border conflicts, marriage, divorce, and more. 

Factors that Influence Compliance with Policies that Outlaw Female Circumcision
Dr. Rosa Githiora:  Women’s Studies Interim Director
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Student Union 310

This will be a presentation on the background information regarding the practice of Female Circumcision and its prevalence in the home and host countries.  There will also be a short video clip showing various viewpoints raised by those who practice or have interacted with people who have undergone female circumcision.

Dance Around the World!  Dance Lessons & Performances Night
Dance Instructor:  Gbenga Atekoja
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Student Union 308

  • Learn to dance the Salsa from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
  • Learn an African dance routine from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
  • Learn the Bachata from 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

There will be a dance demonstration and then the lesson during each hour. 


Friday, November 19

Incredible India
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Piano Lounge

Come celebrate the colorful culture of India right in the Student Union! Sample delicious Indian food, have your hands decorated with Mehndi (henna), learn to write your name in Hindi, try on a saree and bindi, and learn interesting facts about India. The activities are free, so be sure to stop by for a unique cultural experience!

Career Center: International Job Search in a Tough Economy
Anna Bahvala: Assistant Director, Student Employment
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Student Union 3rd floor lounge

In today’s competitive job market international students need to have an edge for employers to notice them. This session will uncover the secrets of an effective resume and cover letter writing, finding career opportunities, and an effective job search process.

Bangladesh presents: Social Entrepreneurship
Bangladesh Student Association
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Student Union 3rd floor lounge

This presentation will discuss topics such as: What is Social Entrepreneurship? How is it different from the traditional entrepreneurship? Benefits of social entrepreneurship and will have a case study of Social Entrepreneurship in Bangladesh.

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