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International Education Week kicks off

Events will be held Nov. 13 to 16


by: SUBMITTED - Students and community members will learn about other cultures during International Education Week Nov. 13 to 16.Portland Community College will host its 10th annual International Education Week with the theme, “Thinking Globally, Inspiring locally,” Nov. 13 to 16.

The events are part of a national campaign set by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to bring awareness of global education and international education issues. The events are free and open to the public.

International Education Week celebrates contributions to the community and the importance of cultural awareness.

“We are focusing on topics that affect everyone in the world like environment, social justice, economics, student success and community service and we’re going beyond mere celebrations or festivals to really impact our community with knowledge and cultural immersion,” said Rachel Krueger, PCC International Education Program coordinator.

“We have a number of events that are led by our own international students or by faculty or students who have traveled abroad, so it’s a great way to experience the world through their eyes. We’re hoping that it will be unforgettable.”

The year’s events include panel discussions on the Peace Corps, public forums on the study abroad experiences of students and staff, and seminars on the benefits of learning a new language. In addition, there will be attractions like speed culturing, live music, world games, chopsticks competitions and more.

International Education Week highlights include:

n International Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Community Hall, Administration Building, Southeast Center. Admission is free. The event features games, prizes, cultural performances, food and vendors.

n International Showcases are where students get to show off their cultures with food, educational displays, music and traditional dress. These are set for Nov. 13, in the Building 3 Mall, Rock Creek Campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Nov. 15 in the Dining Hall, Student Center, Cascade Campus.

Participating locations include: Rock Creek Campus, 17705 NW Springville Road, Sylvania Campus, 12000 SW 49th Ave., Cascade Campus, 705 N. Killingsworth St. and the Southeast Center, 2305 SE 82nd Ave. and Division Street.

For a complete schedule, visit pcc.edu/about/events/international.




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