By FHSU University Communications
Hays, Kan. – International Education Week will be celebrated at Fort Hays State University with food, art, fashion and more starting November 14.
Graduate assistants Misael Trejo and Erica Meneses were instrumental in planning the second annual International Fashion and Food Festival, scheduled for Monday from 5-7 p.m.
“It will be a place where people can come and enjoy the food and the shows and learn about their culture,” Meneses said. “It’s like a shop window.”
Hays Sister Cities will provide financial sponsorship of the evening’s festivities, which aligns with the Sister Cities’ people to people mission. The countries represented are Ghana, Nigeria, Venezuela, Mexico, Spain, Japan and Hungary. International students, faculty and staff will prepare and serve dishes that they believe represent their country.
Trejo and Meneses, who taught English to young people in Beijing in 2019, are committed to promoting international education and reaching out to international students at FHSU.
“We had the experience of going to another country not knowing what to expect and also feeling homesick,” Trejo said.
“Now coming back and seeing our international students, you don’t know how they feel. They might miss their family. Especially during the holidays. This is something that motivates me and makes me very passionate about our international students.
Trejo said the main goal of the fashion and food festival is to encourage domestic students, faculty and staff to reach out to international students and make them feel included in campus life.
“Because they all have different stories,” he said. “They are very unique.”
A full list of International Education Week activities is available at: https://www.fhsu.edu/international/programs/iew-list-of-events.
Events for the week include an open house on Monday from 9-10:30 a.m. to celebrate the new location of the International Student Services and Global Affairs offices. The new office suite is 014, Memorial Union.
Trejo and Meneses said they want to encourage FHSU students and staff to participate in the “You’re Welcome” campaign, which will take place in the Memorial Union, where flags representing the countries of all students will be flying. FHSU Internationals. Individuals can write notes to international students to make them feel welcome on campus.
“I know what it’s like to go to a new country and not know the language,” Meneses said. “I want to make sure our international students feel at home and have a great time while at Fort Hays State.”