International week celebrations

By Yollette Merritt
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Education Abroad Fair. Photo courtesy of the Office of International Programs.

The week of Nov. 13 at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is loaded with activities highlighting and celebrating CSUMB’s international programs and offerings. Staff and student ambassadors will be available at tabling to answer questions and distribute information about the range of short and extended study abroad opportunities in countries around the world, including financing of study and scholarship support. A passport application booth will be available, as well as a special resume building workshop called “Put your international experience to work” on Nov.14 from 1 to 3 p.m. facilitated by Grace O’Dell, Career and Academic Advisor of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Students will perform international cultural performances every day– Aztec dancers, African drummers, Lion dancers and more– in the main quad beginning Tuesday, Nov. 13 from noon to 3 p.m.. A diversity march Nov 13 on campus starts at noon from Gavilan Hall and marching to the main quad. All are invited to participate.

Over a period of three days, international and CSUMB students, faculty, staff and community members– including CSUMB Provost Bonnie Irwin, Dean Britt Rios-Ellis, and Professors Juan Jose Gutierrez and Odine Gage– will share their experiences studying, traveling, volunteering, doing research and/or working in countries around the world. There is also an opportunity for those interested to share their own personal story.

CSUMB International students fall 2018 students visit Monterey. Photo courtesy of the Office of International Programs.

A highlight starting off the week’s activities will be the presentation by keynote speaker, Anisa Medhi, an award-winning film director and producer who will share relevant insights and lesson learned from her rich experiences traversing various cultures in many lands. A free screening of her critically acclaimed documentary “Inside Mecca,” is scheduled for Nov. 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Student Center. This National Geographic special follows the stories of three Muslims from diverse backgrounds on their pilgrimage to Mecca.

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