International Education Week to feature variety of cultures, global traditions

Eden Kraus

The Office of Global Education’s International Education Week begins Nov. 13, and continues until Nov. 17 with events informing Kent State students on a multitude of cultures.

International Education Week celebrates culture on campus through art exhibits, informational panels and different cultural get-togethers with food, music and dancing.

International Education Week is a national effort by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to advocate for programs like study abroad that promote international education and honor diversity.

“We’re hoping that people just get together and have fun and learn a little about different people,” said Michael Taylor, the communication and marketing specialist in the Office of Global Education.

One of the most popular events during International Education Week, which is approaching its 10th consecutive year, is the International Cook-off. The cook-off is Nov. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. 

Six teams represent different cultures and compete to cook the best dish before a panel of three judges. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded, as well as a People’s Choice Award, chosen by attendees who have the opportunity to sample the dishes. 

This month’s Cultural Cafe is set to occur during International Education Week as well, and it will feature Benin and Azerbaijan.

Students will present on the two countries to teach attendees more about their cultures, and there will be traditional cuisine.

The Cultural Cafe is Nov. 15 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the ballroom’s balcony on the third floor.

Taylor said the week-long event is significantly larger than when it began.

“This is the third year I’ve been involved with it, and it just keeps growing every year,” he said. “The more that we can get other people to interact with other cultures, with other people, that’s really what we’re hoping for.”

International Education Week features more than 20 events to educate and celebrate diversity among different cultures. 

“We all have the same hopes and dreams, and it’s a good time when you’re a student to open your mind to other cultures,” Taylor said.

To find a full schedule of events, visit the Office of Global Education’s website

Eden Kraus is the international affairs reporter. Contact her at [email protected]