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NMSU students go international during International Education Week

New Mexico State University’s Office of International and Border Programs is hosting several events this week in recognition of International Education Week.


Photo of chalk image with phrases written in different languages.
NMSU international students spent Sunday drawing on campus sidewalks in chalk to promote International Education Week. (Courtesy photo)

International Education week was created as part of a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. According to the Bureau of Educational Affairs, the week is part of 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.

“We are a very diverse campus, and with 89 countries represented on this campus, we’re no longer bound by just our borders,” said Rose Vidal, a student support and event coordinator with the Office of International and Border Programs at NMSU. “Understanding people’s cultures is becoming more important and will bring us together, not tear us apart. If you can discover the world on campus, you’ll discover a great place to grow.”

The following is a list of this week’s events:

• Manal Hamzeh from the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies will give a presentation on “An Egyption Revolutionary Woman: From Life Imprisonment to Forced Exile.” The presentation will be from 4-5:15 p.m. today, Nov. 16, in the Carol and Elbert Walker Room in Science Hall. The presentation is also the final one in the College of Arts and Sciences Fall Colloquium Series.

• Representatives from the Peace Corps will be at Corbett Center from 5-6:30 p.m today, Nov. 16. They will also visit Corbett Center on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

• Chalk the Walk will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the walkway between the front of Corbett Center and Zuhl Library. All students are invited to participate and draw what they think it is to be an international student. Refreshments will be given to the first 100 people who participate.

• There will be a screening of the Brazilian film, “Somos Tão Jovens,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Breland Hall Room 170. The film is in Brazilian Portuguese with English subtitles, and is about the life of Brazilian rock musician Renato Manfredini Júnior.

• Several campus international organizations will host tables at Corbett Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. Organizations include the Center for English Language Programs, Office of Education Abroad, International Student Ambassador Club, Passport, International Club of NMSU, Confucius Institute and more.