Hastings College hosts events for International Education Week

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings College continues to celebrate diversity among students this week with more cultural events.

Hastings College is participating in International Education Week to celebrate and educate students, and the community, on different cultures. (Source: Kelsey Dickeson, KSNB)

For the first time, the school is participating in International Education Week. It's a national week sponsored by the U.S. State Department and U.S. Department of Education.

Hastings College began celebrations Sunday with their 10th annual Cultural Festival.

"We're all Hastings College students. We're all living in the city of Hastings, and I think celebrating our commonalities rather than our differences is important, and we feel having a distinctive week is important for them," said Grant Hunter, director of international programs at Hastings College.

There are 40 international students from 20 different countries at Hastings College.

The week is a time to educate students, and the community, about those student's cultures.

Hunter said understanding other cultures is beneficial to all their students, both now and in the future.

"A lot of employers and internships really value to have a diverse viewpoint of the world, and we want to prepare our students for that. That's something we think is vital for students' success in their immediate college career, but also five, ten years as they enter the workforce," Hunter said.

Events this week include:

November 18:
Many Moccasins Dance Troupe - 7:30 p.m. at French Memorial Chapel

November 20:
Office of International Programs PASSPORT DAY - 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hazelrigg Student Union

November 21
International Tea Time - 3 p.m. to 4:30 pm. at Barrett Alumni Center
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