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Celebration Honors Global Diversity

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Photo credit: Provided By: Bryan Mylrea

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Written by: Colby ShoupNovember 11, 2016

The IPFW International Education Department will hold its fourth annual Global Student Celebration 5 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Walb Union International Ballroom.

The event will feature students, faculty and community members from almost 50 countries around the world honoring their heritage, celebrating diversity and experiencing new cultures, said Bryan Mylrea, director of The International Education Department.

“It’s really a great way to celebrate and recognize our international committee both here on campus and in Fort Wayne,” Mylrea said. “It brings together students and community members, as well as faculty and staff, from all the different cultures represented in our area for one big night of celebration.”

The reception will begin with what Mylrea calls a “country fair,” where attendees will visit booths representing each country in the celebration run by students from those countries. Traditional food from these cultures will also be served.

At 6 p.m., Chancellor Vicky Carwein will introduce the parade of nations, which will feature students in cultural dress marching across the stage. This will be followed by over a dozen performances from international students.

The celebration is just as much about getting American students interested in other cultures as it is about honoring international students, said Mylrea, who oversees IPFW’s foreign exchange programs.

”We’re bringing the world to our IPFW students, but we also want to take our IPFW students out to explore beyond the boundaries of Allen County and Fort Wayne and the U.S.,” Mylrea said. “This is the perfect opportunity for our students to look into possibilities of studying abroad at more than 200 locations around the world.”

The Global Student Celebration is sponsored by IPFW, Indiana Purdue Student Government Association, Ivy Tech and ELS Fort Wayne. Admission is free.