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UHV to host International Education Week events

University of Houston-Victoria faculty, staff, students and community members will have the opportunity to learn more about the university’s international student population and their home countries during International Education Week, a weeklong celebration of cultures from around the world.

International Education Week will take place from Nov. 14 to 18 with several free events at UHV, UHV Katy and online. The events are hosted by UHV International Programs and the International Student Organization. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education and is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, according to the International Education Week website. The week helps promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences.

Yvonne Garcia
Yvonne Garcia

“We are so excited for all of our students, both international and domestic, to join in on the celebrations and events to learn and have fun together in this year’s events,” said Yvonne Garcia, international student coordinator for UHV International Programs. “International Education Week and our International Programs department add to our institution’s strong global initiatives.”

There will be several events throughout the week both on campus in Victoria and at the UHV Katy instructional site, as well as through Microsoft Teams. While the events are student-focused, members of the community are welcome to join in on the festivities, said Lorraine Yap, president of the International Student Organization. The student group has worked on organizing the event since the beginning of the fall semester.

“The main goal of International Education Week is to educate people about other countries and get a glimpse of the countries where our international student population is from,” Yap said. “We invite people to attend the events and talk to us about our countries and get to know the international student population here at UHV as well.”

Lorraine Yap
Lorraine Yap

On Monday, Nov. 14, there will be a Passport Drive & Study Abroad Discovery event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UHV University Commons Lobby, where students will receive a booklet of different countries, events for the week and learn more about the study abroad programs at UHV. There will be another Study Abroad Discovery event from 3 to 4 p.m. through Microsoft Teams that day as well. There also will be another event offered online that day, called Brave Space Series: Path of an International Student. This event will be from 5 to 6 p.m. through Microsoft Teams and will feature a panel of international students who will discuss their experiences. The last event for that day will be the African Student Association Africa Theme Night, which will feature dances and performances. The event will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Jaguar Hall Commons.

On Nov. 15, there will be a Come Get Your Henna Paw event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UHV University Commons Lobby, and from 3 to 4:30 p.m., there will be an event called My Name Around The World, also at UHV University Commons. Several international students will have booths to educate attendees on how to write and say their name in multiple languages.

On Nov. 16, there will be a Fulbright Wednesday event from 10 to 11 a.m. through Microsoft Teams. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about the Fulbright Program, a cultural exchange program that is offered in more than 100 countries worldwide. That same day, there will be Passport Drive and Study Abroad Discovery event from 3 to 4 p.m. at the UHV Katy Lobby. There also will be a cultural event from 4 to 6 p.m. at the UHV Katy Lobby.

On Nov. 17, there will be an Art & Dances from Around the World event from noon to 2 p.m. at the UHV University Commons Multi-Purpose Room. Students in the International Student Organization and African Student Association will perform during the event, and there will be booths with informational poster boards about other countries, games and traditional outfits from other countries. That day, there will be another Study Abroad Discovery event from 4 to 5 p.m. through Microsoft Teams.

On Nov. 18, there will be an event called Hello from Around the World from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the UHV University Commons Lobby, and from 1 to 3 p.m., there will be an International Student Organization Global Games event at the UHV University Commons Multi-Purpose Room.

Additionally, international students will wear traditional wardrobes from their countries to promote conversations about those countries. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to ask and talk to students wearing their traditional clothing, and international students are also encouraged to post pictures of themselves wearing their traditional attire on social media using the hashtags #UHVIntlEdWeek2022, #UHVIntlPrograms, #UHV, #UHVGLOBALStudent and #UHVIntlJaguars.

For more information about International Education Week at UHV, contact international@uhv.edu.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 50 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.