Led by student global ambassadors, Global Cafés are an opportunity for all students – including those who have returned from a study abroad program, have completed academic course work in the study of different cultures, international students, as well as those simply curious to learn more – can share their experience with the HWS community in engaging and creative ways. The first café for the spring will be held on Friday, Feb. 8 in the Wasey Lounge on the second floor of the Scandling Campus Center.
At the event, Elizabeth Anderson ’19, who works as a programming assistant with the Office of Global Education, will explore the craft of paper bead-making that she discovered while studying in Nairobi, Kenya last summer. She has also studied abroad in Ecuador and Peru.
“Global cafes are short events that are focused on a specific culture, country or cultural event. They allow presenters, typically students, to learn about a new culture or event,” says Anderson.
Pre-departure and re-entry programming coordinator for the Center for Global Education Jennifer O’Neil, who founded the Global Café series in the fall of 2018, says the experience “of engagement across difference enriches HWS and is an essential component to understanding our role within the world community.”
From tasting international foods, to learning about another culture’s dance, or sharing art produced abroad, Global Cafes are open to all HWS and international students with the purpose of building community and helping students reflect on the enrichment of their study abroad experience. In the fall, presentations discussed “Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival” where students ate moon cakes and learned about traditional calligraphy, and “Oktoberfest” exploring traditional German food and dress.
“Being an international student, I like the Global Cafes because I get to meet other students like myself,” said Zoe Collis from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England. “We get to build community through storytelling and learn about a brand new culture.”
Global Cafes will be held on Fridays: Feb. 8, Feb. 22, March 8, March 29, April 12 and April 26.
In addition, the Office of Global Education and the Office of Communications will host a Travel Photography Workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Wasey Room. Learn more about the Office of Global Education.
The Global Café programming is a component behind, The Princeton Review naming HWS the top study abroad program in the country for the second year in a row.