Photo Courtesy of Brian Hart

Cleveland State clubs represented their cultures through dance and music at the International Education Day Nov. 18 in the Student Center.

 

December 7, 2015

CISP presents International Education Day

The Center for International Services and Programs (CISP), a program that provides support and guidance to for international students, hosted the annual International Education Day Wednesday, Nov. 18 in the Student Center.

Right on track with CISP’s mission of creating opportunities for academic and personal growth for international students at Cleveland State University, the event showcased a variety of cultural performances, food and activities.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the atrium was filled with student representatives from countries around the world, including Hungary, Taiwan, Brazil, China and India.

One of the performers, T.J. Hayes, sang an acappella song in honor of Hillel Cleveland and the country of Israel.

“I performed ‘Bring Them Home’ in tribute to the brave men and women serving, and who have served in the Israel Defense Forces,” Hayes said.

Other performances included Cantonese singing and Chinese Opera, dances from India, Hungary, Lebanon and Africa, and even Chinese Kung-Fu.

Hayes said he was happy to be a part of the event and thinks that it is important to educate people about other cultures and understand their differences.

“My favorite part was getting the chance to represent Israel,” Hayes said.

Other students who attended the event said they were equally as excited about the opportunity to learn and share new cultural traditions and experiences.

Arbela Capas, a freshman at Cleveland State, didn’t participate in the event, but enjoyed seeing her country, Lithuania, represented for the first time at the university.

“Going to International Education Day this year at Cleveland State was especially interesting to me because a few girls from my Lithuanian community had set up a Lithuanian table,” Capas said. “I was so happy and excited to see a piece of my home being displayed at my school, and seeing people look at the table and try our famous Lithuanian dish, Kugelis, as well.”

Capas said she thought they did a great job with the setup of different books, artifacts, and decorations that displayed the Lithuanian culture at the table.

“It really showed that any culture could be represented at Cleveland State because of the rich diversity of it,” Capas said.

If you missed the event, there are photos on CISP’s Facebook page.



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