Western’s International Week fosters relationships with London community

Western University’s International Week 2016 gets underway today providing an opportunity to celebrate Western’s diversity and international collaborations and foster connections with the London community.

Running November 21-25, the week features cultural experiences, panel discussions, presentations, workshops, displays, tours and other activities designed to inspire students, faculty, staff and the wider community to build their intercultural skills and become more globally aware and engaged.

“Western strives to provide educational experiences inside and outside the classroom that reach beyond our campus, into local and international communities in a way that helps students, faculty, staff and alumni broaden their worldviews,” says Julie McMullin, Western’s Vice-Provost (International). “International Week is an opportunity to share perspectives from around the world, learn about different cultures and explore how we can work together in an ever-changing world.”

On Friday, November 25 at 1:00pm, international students from Western and several other institutions in London will be participating in a heritage tour and downtown tech tour hosted in partnership with many city-wide partners. The tours will include a meet and greet with Mayor Matt Brown and other city Councillors, a walking tour of key pieces of London’s heritage and visits to several of London’s world-class tech companies.

Community organizations and artists are also taking part in the Opening Celebration Monday, November 21 from 12:00-2:00pm.

For the full schedule and event details visit www.internationalweek.uwo.ca

Highlights of International Week include:

Mon., Nov. 21 – Opening Celebration (various locations across campus)

Tues., Nov. 22 – Africa-Western Collaboration Day (4-7pm, IGAB Atrium)

Wed., Nov. 23 – Western Goes Global Cultural Showcase (4-7:30pm, Mustang Lounge, UCC)

Thurs., Nov. 24 – Guest Speaker: Alfredo Caxaj, Founder of SUNFEST (4-6pm, UCC 315)

Fri., Nov. 25 – Songs of Many Lands (1:30-2:30pm, Von Kuster Hall, Music Building)


MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen Ledgley, Senior Media Relations Officer, 519-661-2111, ext. 85283, sledgley@uwo.ca or Kris Dundas, Western International, 519-661-2111, ext. 81064, kdundas2@uwo.ca


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