Sharifah Naqiyah Syed Nazaruddin, Special to Horizons
ISA Vice President of Communications
International students bring unique cultural backgrounds to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), but their artistic talents and skills usually remain hidden. The Center for International Programs and Services (CIPS) and the International Student Association (ISA) hosts its eagerly anticipated annual International Festival to showcase these hidden talents. This festival features cuisines, performances, activities, and treats from regions across the world. ERAU-Prescott currently has a little under 200 international students from approximately 35 different countries. This year, the International Festival will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, from 4-6 p.m. in the Activity Center to celebrate the cultural diversity within and around the Prescott community. The event is free but donations are accepted to help offset the costs associated with the festival.
Every year, there are flags and displays proudly presenting information on the origin of many of our international students’ home countries. The 2018 festival will also feature traditional performances from beautiful areas all over the world like India, South Korea, the Middle East, Mexico, and America. The International Festival provides an opportunity for members of the Prescott community and the students of Embry-Riddle to learn about cultures distinct from their own in an interactive manner by connecting with the international students, staff, and faculty members on a significant level.
Aerospace Engineering student and International Students’ Association President, Ms. May Maryzana Maginde reflected, “The last international festival brought togetherness within the Prescott community and highlighted the diversity of our international students on campus.”
DeeAnn Resk, Assistant Director of CIPS said, “It’s always a lot of work but a lot of fun! People seem to look forward to this event every year. It’s an honor to work with our international student population, and we love helping them share pieces of their home countries and traditions.”
CIPS and ISA organize this festival over several months, beginning at the end of the fall semester to gather resources and organize volunteers to make this event possible. The International Festival takes a lot of planning and collaboration, but it gives students the chance to share specific aspects of themselves and their cultures. Join us to support the diverse backgrounds in our local community!