Food, movies, lectures highlight International Education Week

Kyra Betteridge
WWU Communications and Marketing intern

International foods, movies and lectures are just a few of the things that Western Washington University students, faculty and staff can look forward to seeing on campus beginning Monday Nov. 16, 2015. The events, hosted by the Center for International Studies, are in honor of International Education Week and will occur in multiple locations across Western’s campus from Monday, Nov. 16, until Friday, Nov. 20.

“IEW [International Education Week] encompasses everything from some student panels to a university wide discussion about internationalization to fun foods, Global Eats, from around the world,” said Vicki Hamblin, Executive Director of the Center for International Studies.

The events will take place in multiple locations across campus and offer students and staff to opportunity to learn more about the Center for International Studies as well as different nationalities through movies, discussions, workshops and cuisine.

“Western has participated for the third year in a row. This is actually organized by the Department of State and the Department of Education, it’s celebrated in Universities all across the United States and in some other countries as well,” said Hamblin. “It’s an annual event and it’s goal is simply to help USians get perspectives from other parts of the world and see how they can participate and just have a broader world experience.”

Through the workshops and discussions attendees will have the chance to learn about the different international programs from international students as well as faculty. The discussions will cover a wide range of international topics and offer opportunities for questions and feedback.

A discussion Thursday titled "What should internationalization look like at Western?" is an opportunity for the campus community to weigh in on Western's future.

“The discussion on Thursday will be to let people know what we’re doing, what we’ve done, and find out from people on campus where they think we should go next,” said Hamblin.

The workshops are free to all Western students, faculty and staff and will take place in a variety of locations across campus. The full schedule of International Education Events can be found on the Center for International Studies website at

Monday, November 16, 2015 - 12:19pm