UB’s annual celebration of International Education Week (IEW) will take to the road this year as the university’s international students visit Buffalo area elementary, middle and high school classrooms to share their culture and educational experiences in their home countries.
Running from Nov. 16-20, IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. departments of State and Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to experience the U.S.
UB students from China, India, South Korea, Taiwan and Iran will go into local classrooms to present their cultures through story-telling, simple language lessons, crafts and presentations about their school experiences in their home country.
“Our goal is to increase the students’ cross-cultural awareness, curiosity and knowledge. It is our belief that the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, illustrate the need for more—not less—cultural sharing, awareness and education,” says Ellen Dussourd, director of International Student and Scholar Services at UB.