Brock faculty, staff and students have a unique opportunity to learn more about their University’s global community from the comforts of home next week.
They will have the chance to participate in a series of virtual offerings organized by Brock International Services (BIS) for International Education Week from Monday, Nov. 16 to Friday, Nov. 20. The annual event, promoted by the Canadian Bureau for International Education, is celebrated each year on the third week of November in more than 100 countries.
Brock’s event lineup kicks off with International Trivia on Monday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m., when participants will test their world knowledge in a fun game themed around the various countries represented at the University. The trivia winner will receive a $25 gift card from either Skip the Dishes, Amazon or the Brock Campus Store.
An International Scavenger Hunt, beginning Monday at noon, will then help the Brock community virtually travel the world. Participants have all week to search online for items from 40 countries using a website called Goose Chase. Registration is required to access the competition. Collect a minimum of 20 items by Friday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. to be entered to win a $25 gift card.
Throughout the week, two cooking demonstrations will also be held by Brock’s International Student Ambassadors. Virtually learn how to make authentic international cuisine, such as traditional chicken curry on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at noon or Saltfish Buljol on Thursday, Nov. 19 at noon.
Join Rani Jaykumar Hansalia live on the @BrockuIntl Instagram account Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m to discover the essence of Hindu art, music and culture with Bollywood dance lessons. The second-year Media and Communications student from India has more than 15 years of experience in dance forms such as Indian classical, contemporary and Bollywood.
She recently showcased her skills during Brock’s Got Talent, a virtual talent competition hosted on the @BrockuIntl Instagram account.
During the session, participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and ensure they have adequate space around them to learn new moves.
BIS has also partnered with Brock’s Office of Human Rights and Equity (HRE) on two events. They include a discussion on Culture, Agency and Women’s Rights with award-winning novelist, activist and social worker Farzana Doctor on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 3 to 5 p.m.; and a game night on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m., where participants can learn about consent and the Office of HRE in a fun, Jeopardy-style game show.
On Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m., Ehima Osazuwa, Brock’s International Student Engagement Co-ordinator, will host a special edition of his popular Off the Clock live show on the @BrockuIntl Instagram account. Osazuwa will interview some of Brock’s International Student Ambassadors, who will share unique aspects of their culture.
The week concludes with CultureFest, an event series regularly hosted by BIS to celebrate the University’s diverse community. On Friday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m., participants will join International Student Ambassadors Danielle Sobers and Marcelo Correa to learn about their respective home countries, Barbados and Brazil. They will each share facts, traditions and interesting aspects of their culture with those in attendance.
International Education Week aims to not only help create a community of globally minded citizens, but also offer a fun environment to learn about different cultures.
Lovely Professional University (LPU), a Brock University institutional partner in India, has provided 10 passes, each valued at $300, to their Incredible India program running from Nov. 26 to 28. The three-day program blends activities and interactive sessions through yoga, Ayurveda and Bollywood lessons along with a series of specialized workshops.
Anyone who attends any of the virtual International Education Week events at Brock will be automatically entered in a draw for the passes.
For a full listing of events, including information on how to register and where online events will take place, visit brocku.ca/international-week