International Week Celebrates Diversity Around the Globe

By UM News

International Week Celebrates Diversity Around the Globe

By UM News
This year’s event features a “Local Experience” theme and is aimed at honoring victims of terrorism.

With the world still reeling from the Paris and Brussels attacks, COISO (the Council of International Students and Organizations) kicked off its annual International Week celebration on Monday, unveiling a “Local Experience” theme intended to take the campus community on an exploration of different regions of the world while also honoring those nations that have fallen victim to acts of terrorism.

“We want to bring awareness to the plight,” said I-Week chair Aalekhya Reddam, noting that this year’s event has more meaning to it. On Friday, COISO sold I-Week T-shirts, with proceeds benefiting terrorist victims.

Featuring ethnic foods, native dress, music, and performances, I-Week celebrates “one region of the world one day at a time,” with activities held on the Student Center Complex Patio each day starting at 5:30 p.m.

Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and Africa, and Europe are just some of the themed nights that have already been held. Asia Night and Island Styles round out the week’s themes on Thursday and Friday, respectively.