International Education Week Takes Students Around the World

International Education Week photo booth

News Story: December 23, 2014

Sacred Heart University students took a virtual trip around the world the week of November 17-21 when the school celebrated International Education Week with a variety of activities centered around different countries and cultural activities.

Coordinated by SHU’s Global Affairs Department, the event supplied participants with “passports” that they were required to tote to at least 10 activities and get stamped for a chance to win a free iPad mini. The information sessions promoted international opportunities offered at SHU, including Study Abroad, the new global studies major, mission trips through the College of Health Professions, Fulbright scholarships and Volunteer Programs/Service Learning.

Simultaneously, students enjoyed international foods at the campus dining hall, internationally themed lectures, a student art show, the Joe Carter trio performing music of Brazil, a Peace Corps info session, Brazilian Capoeira dancing, a world hand percussion demo and Henna tattoos. Participants could also stop at the University Commons atrium to put on international props and get their picture taken in a photo booth.

An important highlight kicking off the week was a talk titled “GO GLOBAL: Launching an Internationally Focused Career,” given by Stacie Nevadomski Berdan and hosted by SHU’s Office of Global Affairs, Career Development and the Human Journey Colloquia Series. Berdan is a seasoned global executive, an international careers expert and an award-winning author on how to succeed in the global marketplace. She shared her own experiences and emphasized the importance of global awareness and experience in today’s marketplace.

Francesca Schenker, SHU’s coordinator of global affairs, was thrilled with both the participation from students and the opportunity to present her department’s platform to a broader audience across campus. “IEW is a great way for students to learn about things happening outside of Sacred Heart. We have many international opportunities on campus and, unfortunately, students aren’t always aware of them,” she said. “Stacie Berdan’s talk was particularly educational, not only because of our global initiatives on campus but because it is so important to have a global awareness no matter what field you choose.”

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