The International Student Association (ISA) recently celebrated the diversity of all international Aggies with I-Week. The week-long program consisted of everything from a dinner featuring cuisine from around the world to an art exhibit showcasing many different international styles.
Not only is I-Week dedicated to promoting the cultural diversity of the Texas A&M community, I-Week is a chance for all within the local community to gain understanding of international Aggies.
“International Week (or I-Week), is all about celebrating the melting pot of cultural diversity we have right here in our community,” said Sean Waters, ISA president. “It is the biggest Texas A&M international festival of the year. Every day featured a unique event, including cultural exhibitions, stories, performances, food, and art. To make this happen, ISA works in collaboration with our on-campus nation clubs, who are eager to share the beauty of their countries.”
Valerie Wilson, program advisor to ISA shares his sentiment, emphasizing the crucial part international students play.
“International Aggies are such an important part of Aggieland, and during I-Week, we put that on display,” she said. “I-Week is a great opportunity for learning, as so many unique stories, talents and cultures are shared with the Texas A&M community.”
A detailed description of each I-Week event can be found below. For information on this and other ISA events, visit http://isa-aggies.tamu.edu/.
International organizations set up tables in Rudder Plaza and 12th Man Hall to showcase their cultures and share what makes their home country so amazing.
Students can give a short, informative presentation on a culture of their choice. Participants will give a 10-minute presentations in person, and the winner will receive an award at the end of I-Week.
An in-person buffet at the Rudder Plaza. Food will include cuisines from the Middle East, East Asia, Latin America, and more! The event also featured live performances from various cultural groups.
Performance groups or individuals are given the stage of Rudder Theatre to showcase fashion or perform music, dances or other talents.
An educational program where attendees will be able to participate in different international art styles. A henna artist was in attendance for the event, as well as lives performance. There will also be an art competition, all students are encouraged to submit a piece of art that attendees will judge, and there will be prizes for the top three! Cultural organizations were present to teach attendees a little more about their culture and offer an artistic activity from their culture.