Monday, Nov. 16, marks the beginning of this year’s Global Vision Week. Coordinated by the multicultural interns, Global Vision Week is an opportunity for students and faculty to consider the role of diversity and culture in the world and how that affects the Northwestern community.
The theme of this year’s Global Vision Week is “Our Human Family.” It is based on the poem “Human Family” by Dr. Maya Angelou, specifically the final lines, “I note the obvious differences/ between each sort and type,/ but we are more alike, my friends,/ than we are unalike.”
Multicultural intern sophomore Jamiella Quinn sees Global Vision week as an opportunity for campus to “celebrate our cultural differences but also recognize that we are a community and family.”
Quinn said one of the goals of Global Vision Week is to get students to interact with one another. Buttons stating “Tell Your Story” will be available in the Multicultural Affairs Office for students to wear as an invitation for conversation.
On Tuesday, a Global Fair will be held in the Fern lobby starting at 5 p.m. International students, Summer of Service and study abroad participants and others will share about their time spent in a culture different than their own. Those wishing to share are encouraged to visit the Multicultural Affairs Office for more information.
During Wednesday dinner, students can sample ethnic cuisines at the “Our Global Family Dinner” in the cafeteria. Each line’s fare will be dedicated to a different country, including China, the Netherlands, India and Latin America.
Later Wednesday evening, there will be a viewing and discussion of the 2008 movie “Gran Torino” in Hosper’s lounge at 8.
Thursday at 9 p.m. a multicultural praise and worship will be held in Christ Chapel.
On Friday, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in a Cultural Dress-Up Day.
Quinn explained, “You could wear traditional Dutch garb, or something from your home country or something from a country you like and think their clothes look cool.”
“h* Radio” will also be getting into the spirit of things by playing ethnic music instead of its usual repertoire.
Also on Friday, the International Club will lead chapel.
Although Global Vision Week technically ends on Friday, the opportunities to celebrate diversity continue on Saturday with the I-Club’s International Coffeehouse at 6:30 p.m. in The Hub. The Coffeehouse, an I-Club tradition, showcases the talents of international students, as well as some noninternational students, from NW and Dordt.