HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 10, 2012 – High Point University’s International Club hosted International Week as an opportunity for the HPU community to learn about its international students and their different cultures.
Throughout the week, the club hosted multiple events including
- An international show with flamenco dancing, belly dancing and more by 14 community and HPU student groups
- A showing of “Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo,” a documentary about grandmothers searching for their lost grandchildren in Argentina
- A soccer tournament with 14 teams of four
- An international dessert sale
The club’s student leaders enjoyed sharing their cultures with fellow students, helping them understand what their countries are really like. The club includes students from a variety of countries including Brazil, Morocco, Australia, Palestine, Colombia, Venezuela and Algeria.
“As we cross the Kester International Promenade every day, we cannot help but notice all the flags from different countries,” said Hamza Madhar, international student from Morocco. “International Week was an opportunity for the HPU family to learn more about different cultures, and to experience something unique and new on campus.”
“People tend to stereotype countries and cultures,” said Luiza Fogaça, president of the International Club. “I’m from Brazil and the first thing people thing about my country is soccer, beautiful women, beaches and carnival. However, the country has much more to offer. And this was the feeling all of us in the International Club had. There is much more we want to show than that. I am proud to share my culture and also learn about other people traditions and that’s why I love being a part of the International Club.”
The goal of the International Club is to promote diversity at High Point University. It is a student organization that focuses on creating a welcoming global environment for all students while embracing cultural differences and creating international awareness in the community.
“Our students worked hard to make the week a fun learning experience for everyone at HPU,” said Diana Dau, International Club adviser. “We plan to make it an annual event and we hope it gets better every year.”