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Help out Dorian victims while celebrating International Education Week

by Luanne Williams

Wingate’s Caribbean Student Association will spice up International Education Week next week with a street food fundraiser to benefit victims of Hurricane Dorian.

CSA President Madison McVay-Edwards said her 20-member group, founded in the fall of 2018, is looking to make a mark on campus and help families whose lives were torn apart by one of the strongest hurricanes to ever make landfall in the Atlantic.

“We want to help our brothers and sisters through this hard time. Though we are separated by water, we are united by culture,” said McVay-Edwards, who called the Bahamas “a home away from home” for many of the members of her organization. Dorian devastated the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands in early September.

The CSA is taking orders for $1 goodie bags filled with snacks. They will also offer beef patties with coco bread, a Caribbean specialty. For $3, students can get half a beef patty and a drink. A whole beef patty and drink is $5. Both the meals come with bread. Pickup is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Dickson-Palmer Center.

McVay-Edwards said her organization welcomes students of all ethnic backgrounds with the hope that students learn as much about as many cultures as possible – a goal that aligns perfectly with International Education Week, which kicks off Monday.

Beginning at noon that day, students can vote for their favorite photo in an online contest hosted by the Office of International Programs (the link to photos and voting will be emailed to campus by Monday at noon). To learn to take better photos, students can show up to a travel-photo Lyceum on Thursday.

Tuesday will include a Teach Abroad Info Session, where students can learn about the JET program in Japan, the Fulbright English Teaching Assistants program and more. And on Wednesday, the OIP will host a Study Abroad Info Table in the WT Harris Dining Hall.

Lyceum programs on Wednesday and Thursday will help students shed their misconceptions about Islam and about Africa.

And to get a glimpse into what it would be like to study abroad, they can check out @bulldogsabroad on Monday and Friday, when students in Limerick and Galway, Ireland, take over the Instagram account.

For a full rundown of IEW events, visit this webpage. And to order some food from the Caribbean Student Association, email Madison McVay-Edwards.

International Education Week will wrap up just in time for the 2019 Open Doors Annual Data Release, which is set for Nov. 18 at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.

Wingate has consistently been ranked among the top 30 master’s-level institutions in the nation for study-abroad participation. Ranked No. 22 last year, the University is one of just two North Carolina schools that made the top 25, with nearly 48 percent of graduates who earned degrees that year having studied outside the United States.

Wingate is home to a 127 international students, representing 45 different countries. Learn more about our international programs here.

Nov. 8, 2019