International Week 2020
International Week has a 20-year history that began as a joint initiative of the US Department of Education and the US Department of State and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries across the globe. International Week allows the community to celebrate many of the cultures that make up our campus and to learn more about the opportunities for greater global literacy.
For 2020, despite the many challenges, including unexpected snow and ice, the Office of International Affairs was delighted to host several events in celebration of International Week at Texas Tech University.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25
- Culture Fest 2020
Culture Fest 2020 celebrated the diverse multicultural heritage of international student organizations at Texas Tech. The safety of our community was a high priority. To allow for social distancing, Cultural Fest was held simultaneously at three outdoor sites: International Cultural Center, Student Union Building West Plaza, and the gazebo at Urbanovsky Park with each site showcasing a variety of activities enjoyed by more than 100 guests.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 26
- Office of International Affairs - International Music Playlist
Members of the TTU Community submitted some of their favorite international songs to our Office of International Affairs Music Playlist. Music has the ability to bring people together, lift our moods, and create amazing memories. Some contributors shared the significance of their musical choices. Hannah Kafer, a TTU Library Associate, submitted the South African song, "Skeleton Move" by Master KG. Kafer said, "It's meaningful to me having been a Peace Corps volunteer in Southern Africa for two years and hearing it often on public transportation there! It also reminded me of "home" while I was there because its lyrics say "No matter where you go/Remember the road that will lead you home."
Listen to the OIA International Playlist on Spotify.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27
Jacob Comerford, Italy
- Study Abroad in Europe Virtual Session
The Study Abroad session introduced interested students to select study abroad programs in Europe as well as described how to begin the study abroad process including applications, scholarships, and more.
For more information visit the Study Abroad Homepage.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28
- Open House Drive Through
Here's a sneak peak of the OIA Family Cookbook!
- Día de los Muertos Virtual Exhibit
The Día de los Muertos Virtual Exhibit will be available to view online through November 20. Artwork by local artists and Hutchinson Middle School students celebrate the cultural traditions of the Day of the Dead.
View the virtual exhibit!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29
- International Scholars Webinar
Provost Michael Galyean and Vice Provost for International Affairs Sukant Misra hosted a virtual Q&A for TTU International Scholars and faculty who host TTU International Scholars in their colleges and departments. The conversation included issues such as housing, partnerships with international universities, current trends in international enrollments and visitors across the US, and ideas regarding how we might help engage our International Scholars in the TTU community life. The Office of International Affairs hosts a similar meeting or event with International Scholars each semester to let them know of our services, answer any questions, and explore ways the OIA can better serve them during their time on campus and in Lubbock.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30
- Celebrate Día de los Muertos
Due to the Covid-19 challenges facing Lubbock, the Office of International Affairs felt compelled to cancel this year's Dia de Los Muertos celebration scheduled for Friday, October 30 at the International Cultural Center. Our concern for and commitment to the safety and health of our communities is paramount.
We invite you to visit our Dia de Los Muertos Virtual Gallery and enjoy the incredible artwork from our local artists and the stunning photographs from the Hutchinson Middle School students.
Idolatry - James W Johnson