“I have always loved International Education week!” ISV Ambassador Jahaziel Hiriart takes us to all the IEW events and activities at her university. She even competes for Miss International!
International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate diversity, highlight the benefits of international education, and encourage people to study abroad. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education as part of their 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. It was first held in 2000 and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information go to http://iew.state.gov.
During this time, people around the U.S. and abroad who are interested in global exchanges participate in a myriad of events that highlight internationalization. From universities to U.S. consulates to nonprofit organizations, they all hold IEW events in their local communities.
I celebrated International Education Week in Oklahoma by participating in a lot of fun events!
It all began by helping the International Student Organization at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa set up a poster exhibit that was on display throughout the campus highlighting the culture of several countries throughout the world and encouraging people to test their global IQ by completing a quiz.
You can get your Global IQ! Follow www.quizbean.com/r/qbZc8d5bFPXs and get your Global IQ score.
Mr. & Miss International Scholarship Pageant
One of my highlights during IEW was participating in the Mr. & Miss International Scholarship Pageant. The International Student Organization at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater held the event. It was a showcase of grace, talent and intellect as 10 international students representing China, India, Ghana, Nepal, Indonesia, Mexico (me!) and Egypt competed to be crowned with the coveted titles.
Mr. Nepal, Sudarshan Dhakal, was crowned Mr. International while Miss Egypt, Rewan Zineldine, took home the Miss International title.
The competition consisted of two parts: a talent portion and a question & answer session. It was so fun to get to know my fellow students and witness firsthand the rich diversity and amazing talent on campus. From Chinese calligraphy to Indian beats, check out the cultural diversity of each performance!
Check out photos from the event by clicking here.
Watch the video! You’ll be able to spot your very own ISV Ambassador (moi!) who earned the runner-up spot.
ISO at OSU-Tulsa ended their IEW celebration with International Night which showcased traditional dress, music, and performances from around the world. Special guests from Kripalaya Dance Academy presented the Indian classical dance Bharatanatyam and Bollywood dances under the direction of Priya Raju. Sol Azteca performed Mexican folk dances choreographed by Joel Botello Mireles and Tulsalseros Salsa Dance Studio showed off their ladies styling group’s salsa moves choreographed by Carla Poitras.
I continued the celebration by attending Diwali Night at OSU-Stillwater. I took the chance to wear the pretty lehenga my friend Sanjana brought me from India. The Indian Student Association went above and beyond ensuring we all had an exciting and memorable evening. The event included videos, dancers, singers and other performers as well as an authentic (and yummy!) Indian dinner. ISA member Suudhir Lanka wrote a wonderful and detailed blogpost about the event.
Check out his blog and watch a video from the event here!
My IEW 2013 came to an end with an extremely interested public forum with John Zobgy, author and pollster, at the University of Tulsa. Mr. Zogby, widely known as the prince of polling and a National Council of International Visitors Advisory Council member, will be discussing his latest book, co‐written with Joan Snyder Kuhl. First Globals discusses the unique nature of the generation born between 1979 and 1994, many of whom are more interested in speaking foreign languages, gaining a global perspective, and choosing careers that build a better world. It was so fascinating to hear about his findings and be able to pick his brain regarding their implications on our world. The forum and book signing was hosted by Tulsa Global Alliance and the University of Tulsa Center for Global Education. I encourage everyone to buy the book and learn more about the Millennial Generation, a group more globally aware and sensitive.
Oklahoma State University