Concordia University of Wisconsin takes pride in the diversity of its student body as 360 international students from over 30 different countries are currently enrolled at the university.
CUW demonstrates this pride in various ways, such as the Student Government Association revamping the hallway that connects lower Rincker to The Falcon’s Nest earlier this year. This hallway features flags in protective cases with labels identifying which country each flag is from. There is a total of 64 flags in the hallway, each one representing a country that a CUW student has come from.
The Concordia International Center (CIC) is another way that CUW celebrates diversity. The CIC hosts many events throughout the school year. These events aim to inform students about different cultures while fostering connections between them and their fellow international peers.
Vy Duong, a sophomore international student from Vietnam, acts as a Vietnamese translator to help introduce Concordia to Vietnamese students. Duong also works for the CIC and is very involved in setting up and taking part in many of their events. Her hope is that students will participate in these events to learn more about different cultures.
“If you have free time, please stop by our center to say hi. The Concordia International Center creates a diverse culture to help the American and international students learn and experience different situations. This opportunity not only helps students grow, but it also trains students to adapt to different situations domestically and internationally,” Duong said.
Duong’s favorite CIC event of the year is the International Food Fair. Each booth is themed for a different country and features a food sample from that corresponding place. The booths are run by students who either come from that country or have studied abroad in it. Spanning over five days, this is the CIC’s largest event of the year.
“The goal of the event is to help students learn about cultures all around the world and also have a taste for international food. The Concordia International Center wants to create the environment for the students to exchange culture and make American friends,” Duong said.
The CIC still has Mug Club events and Trivia Tuesdays left this semester. To learn more about the CIC and view all of their upcoming events, visit their Facebook page by clicking here.
Written by Gabby Tolfa.