TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The U.S. Department of State and the Department of Education are promoting international education this week across the country and here in the Capital City, Tallahassee Community College is taking part with their own campus celebration.
TCC's 11th annual International Education Week spotlights the international student population on campus.
The week long celebration kicked off today with a parade of nations.
Students gathered in a circle in the center of campus displaying their country's flag and introducing themselves in their native language.
Organizers said the event is not just about celebrating international students, but also about celebrating the diversity on campus that allows U.S. students to interact with other cultures.
The week long event continues Tuesday with an event in the Student Union from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. where students can test their global knowledge with multicultural activities and games.
The day continues with the Passport to the World event, where attendees who need to acquire or renew a passport can meet with a U.S. passport representative on campus.
On Wednesday, the Bringing the World to TCC event returns to the Student Union Ballroom from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Guests may "visit" 15 of the more than 80 countries represented in TCC's student population to learn about the culture, sampling native foods, and talking to international students about their home countries and how they came to be at TCC.
The day ends with a showing of “Bigger, Stronger, Faster,” a documentary on the American preoccupation with winning at all costs, at 3 p.m. in the H.S.S. conference room.
On Thursday at 1:30 p.m., a panel discussion will take place on the presidential election results and how they will affect the world.
That same day, students will have the chance to Go Global during a speech contest at 2:30 p.m. Thursday’s events will all take place in the Student Union ballroom.
Friday’s schedule includes the International Photo Contest Showcase in the Student Union ballroom at 11:30 a.m., which will display winning photography from TCC alumni, current students and employees.
The week will close out with the World Potluck in the Student Union ballroom at 12:30 p.m., when everyone is invited to bring a dish to share.