20th WorldFest Celebrates LMU’s Global Reach

THE OFFICE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND SCHOLARS | The Office for International Students and Scholars is celebrating the 20th anniversary of WorldFest, Loyola Marymount University’s yearly celebration of international education and exchange that coincides with the departments of State and Education’s International Education Week. During the week of Nov. 16-22, 2019, there will be multiple events held on campus in partnership with colleges, academic affairs, student affairs, the William H. Hannon Library, ASLMU, and alumni.

“WorldFest provides the opportunity for the LMU campus to highlight the richness and diversity of the LMU and LMU Loyola Law School campuses, which hosts more than 1,000 students and scholars representing 91 countries,” said Csilla Samay, assistant dean of students for the Office for International Students and Scholars. “It also provides an avenue for colleagues engaged in many facets of internationalization on campus to bring awareness of their programs which facilitate increasing global awareness and appreciation.”

The highlight of the week is Global Citizen Day, co-sponsored by seven groups on campus, happening on Wednesday Nov. 20. This event will bring together all units/organizations involved in international education on campus, have performances, food, music and opportunities to explore various destinations via virtual reality. “WorldFest is an important representation of LMU’s commitment to developing engaged global citizens creating the world in which we want to live, not limited to our own borders,” said Samay.

The International Education Week events include:

Saturday, Nov. 16
An Afternoon of World Music and Jazz
4-6 p.m.
Murphy Recital Hall

Monday, Nov. 18
Boren Awards Info Session
1-2 p.m.
Von der Ahe, Room 190

Alumni Happy Hour
6-8 p.m.
The Loft

Tuesday, Nov. 19
Scholar Symposium
3-5 p.m.
Marymount Institute

3rd Tuesday: The Art of Sushi Making
6-8 p.m.
The Living Room

Wednesday, Nov. 20
Pop-Up Korean Food
noon-2 p.m.
The Lair

Global Citizens Day
1-4 p.m.
Lawton Plaza

Indigenous Rights in the City:
Lessons from India
4:30-6:15 p.m.
Hannon Library, 3rd Floor

Thursday, Nov. 21
Dispelling Stereotypes
4-6 p.m.
Malone 201

Friday, Nov. 22
Gratitude Shabbat
6-8 p.m.
Malone 201

International Education Week was first celebrated in 2000 after an executive memorandum was announced, beginning the tradition, the Los Angeles Loyolan has reported. The action was meant to ensure the United States’ support for international education by encouraging international students to study in the U.S.

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