By Nathalie Mora
International Education Week is an initiative between the Department of State and the Department of Education, said LaTanya Woods, coordinator of International relations for Alamo Colleges.
“The purpose of the week is to promote Americans obtaining global perspective and to make aware and encourage participation across institutions of higher education,” Woods said.
International Education Week is celebrating its 15th anniversary, said Martha Saenz Buchanan, coordinator of international students at San Antonio College.
The week will be celebrated today-Nov. 21, Buchanan said.
Last year’s activities included “Lotería” and a demonstration of international food, said Fernando Cervantes, president of the International Students Association.
“It was quite fun,” Cervantes said.
This year’s activities include Lucky Lunes Lotería, origami and flamenco dancing, Buchanan said.
Buchanan said taking part in these activities is a great way to help international students to feel welcomed.
International students are very shy in a new country and have to learn a new language, said Cervantes
“SAC has the biggest concentration of international students in all the Alamo Colleges and it’s also the largest campus,” Woods said. “And it is especially important for SAC students to recognize that leadership position.”
Woods encourages students to not only participate during this week but to stay actively involved in the community and college. “We want students to be prepared to go out into a workforce that is becoming more and more internationalized,” Woods said.
For more information about international week, call 210-486-1720.
To join the International Students Association, call Cervantes at 210-427-5684