Traditions of lands that are home to UWindsor students are the subject of a series of free lunchtime presentations hosted this semester by the International Student Centre for students, staff, and faculty.
The ISC Cultural Series kicked off in the fall; its success prompted another round of discussions to engage the campus community, says International Student Centre director Beth Oakley.
“We have found an audience of people interested in learning more about the cultures represented in our community,” she says. “Our hope is that we can raise the level of understanding and overcome a few barriers.”
Scheduled to discuss holiday customs, foods, geography and more are:
- Lesley Snake and Kathryn Pasquach of the Aboriginal Education Centre and student Alex Perry on First Nations cultures, Jan. 23
- Italian studies professor Antonio Rossini on Italy, Feb. 28
- international student recruitment co-ordinator Romi Saraswat and student Vishnu Gopal on India, March 4
- social work professor Wansoo Park on Korea, March 25
- international student advisor Deena Wang and student Bowen Feng on China, April 16
Each session will run 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. in room 204, Laurier Hall. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch. Space is limited; click on the links above to reserve a spot.
The centre has also produced materials to help staff and faculty support international students, including tips on understanding the experiences of international students and a guide to providing them with support outside of the classroom.