OVPDEMA’s Overseas Studies and Scholarship Program to hold Embrace Diversity, Share Cultures Study Abroad Fair

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As part of Indiana University’s International Education Week, the Overseas Studies and Scholarship Program within IU’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) is hosting the Embrace Diversity, Share Cultures Study Abroad Fair. From 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, IU Bloomington students will be introduced to the large scope of international-study opportunities provided by the program and several campus partners, enjoy activities, giveaways and international performances, hear from peers who have previously studied abroad, and have the chance to win prizes.

“We are extremely proud of OVPDEMA’s Study Abroad program and believe the Study Abroad Fair is a tremendous opportunity for students to hear detailed information about the amazing experiences that can occur when they engage with new cultures,” said Martin McCrory, IU vice provost for educational inclusion and diversity, and associate vice president for diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs.

“The fair represents the work of a wide variety of campus partners who have gathered together to help our students continue to move toward cultural competency. Therefore, I highly encourage all students to attend this event to fuel both their cultural and academic growth.”

To provide students with resources, the Study Abroad Fair will feature representatives from several departments at IU, including: The Office of Overseas Study, the School of Global and International Studies, the Career Development Center, the Center for Language Excellence, the College of Arts and Sciences, Hutton Honors College’s International Experience Program, IU Flagship Centers, the Kelley School of Business, the Office of Financial Literacy, the Office of Student Financial Assistance, the Media School, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and the School of Public Health.

We are extremely proud of OVPDEMA’s Study Abroad program and believe the Study Abroad Fair is a tremendous opportunity for students to hear detailed information about the amazing experiences that can occur when they engage with new cultures.

Martin McCrory, IU vice provost for educational inclusion and diversity, and associate vice president for diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs.

These departments will present attendees with information about opportunities to study abroad through various programs. Other partners for the event include the Office of International Services, the Gamma Nu chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), which last year, through OVPDEMA, hosted one of the largest passport giveaways in the nation at IU Bloomington. The Study Abroad Fair will also feature panel discussions with IU students who have previously studied abroad, and presentations by the Office of Overseas Study and the Career Development Center.

“I think it’s really important for students to understand the wide range of opportunities, because when studying abroad, they invariably make discoveries about not only the countries and cultures they are visiting, but truly some profound thoughts and feelings within themselves,” said Kathleen Sideli, IU associate vice president for overseas study.

“I think the Study Abroad Fair has a very creative array of learning opportunities delivered in various methods that appeal to students. IU Bloomington is very lucky to have an OVPDEMA program which values international study and puts resources into the hands of students—not only financial resources, but human capital, in terms of advising—because that’s what makes the difference.”

Students will also be treated to food from around the world, an international-themed photo booth, and performances from the Samulnori Korean Percussion Ensemble, Hoosier Raas, and Pasa a Paso. Additionally, attendees can participate in a drawing for prizes by completing tasks throughout the Study Abroad Fair. The grand prizes are funding for U.S. passports. An announcement of the winners at the end of the event will conclude IU’s International Education Week.

“At Indiana University, the week affords a unique opportunity to highlight the rich array of countries and cultures represented among our international student and visiting scholar populations, while also focusing on efforts of the campus to prepare all IU graduates for their roles as citizens in our increasingly interconnected world,” said Christopher Viers, IU associate vice president for international services. 

“All members of the IU and Bloomington communities are encouraged to join us for this year’s 18th anniversary week of programs and events and see first-hand why IU is truly a global university.”