International Week 2018

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education has been celebrated for almost 20 years at institutions across the United States.

November 12-16 marks the 9th annual International (Education) Week at Rutgers-Camden. International Week is a week-long celebration of international education, diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness. It is intended to recognize international students, education abroad, and to promote Rutgers-Camden programs that prepare students for global citizenship.

You will also notice the hashtag #youarewelcomehere on our posters and t-shirts.  This campaign, initiated by Temple University, is a message from U.S. colleges and universities to international students from around the world who are studying and plan to study in the U.S. “It is a campaign designed to affirm that our institutions are diverse, friendly, safe and committed to student development…The repetition of the statement, You are welcome here, by a broad array of people from different backgrounds…is powerful and demonstrates that we support internationalization across our campus communities and across the country.” This year, we extend this message to include all students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.

On behalf of the Office of International Students & Global Programs, we invite you to celebrate and participate in International Week!


Monday, November 12th

International Festival

11:30am-1:00pm, Campus Center-Multipurpose Room

Kick off International Week by taking a culinary tour of the world while enjoying live music from a Reggae Fusion Band! Enjoy calligraphy, origami, turban tying and much more!

Sponsored by the Office of International Students & Global Programs

International Debate

4:00pm-6:00pm, Campus Center-South ABC

The International debate, facilitated by Rutgers-Camden faculty, is the International Students Association’s initiative to bring the Rutgers-Camden community together to discuss and debate global affairs that shed light on experiences and current events outside the United States.  

Sponsored by the International Students Association


Tuesday, November 13th

Are You Asian Enough?

12:45pm – 1:45pm, Campus Center, Raptor Roost

Join Rutgers-Camden students for a conversation about east Asian identity in American-Asian communities. Students discuss stereotypes and misconceptions within their communties.

Sponsored by the Asian Culture Society & Office of International Students & Global Programs

Tea & Cookies: A Conversation About Consent Around the World

4:00pm - 6:00pm, Campus Center Viewing Room

Interpersonal violence exists in every culture, class, and community around the world. VPVA is partnering with the Honors College to lead a discussion about how sexual consent is communicated in different cultures and communities. This event will be a discussion-based, self-reflective workshop for students to share how they learned about consent. We will watch educational videos that explain the elements of sexual consent, as well as how sexual violence and domestic violence is recognized/addressed in various parts of the world.

Sponsored by the Office for Violence Prevention & Victim's Assistance & The Honors College

Havana Nights 

6:00pm – 8:00pm, Campus Center-Raptor Roost

Join RITMO-Latino for a discussion on the Cuban Revolution how music and dance were inspired from it. Students will learn more about Cuban culture through the history behind Cuban music and dance.

Sponsored by RITMO-Latino

Dia De Los Muertos(Day of the Dead)

7:00pm-9:00pm, Campus Center-Multipurpose Room 

The Dia De Los Muertos celebration aims to provide a fun time for students, along with allowing them to learn and experience the culture and traditions of the Day of the Dead via decorations, crafts, food, and music. Students will engage in cultural crafts together and witness traditional Mexican mariachi music and dance.

Sponsored by the Latin American Student Organization  & the Honors Student Organization


Wednesday, November 14th

International Opportunities Fair

11:00am- 1:30pm, Campus Center, Multipurpose Room

Interested in studying, traveling, volunteering or working abroad? Don’t know where to begin? Visit the International Opportunities fair to learn more about the various ways you can go global.

Sponsored by the Office of International Students & Global Programs

U.S. State Department Visit

4:00pm - 6:00pm, Campus Center West BC

Tiffany McGriff, the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomat-in-Residence for the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania region (and a Jersey native), will lead an information session on the Foreign and Civil Service selection processes from preparing for the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) to making the selection Register; and will discuss the application processes for paid/unpaid student fellowships, internships, and exchange opportunities at the U.S. Department of State.

Sponsored by the Rutgers-Camden Career Center

#YouAreWelcomeHere Open Mic Night

4:30pm – 6:00pm, Campus Center

"You Are Welcome Here" Open Mic night is an opportunity for students and faculty who have immigrated to the U.S. or come from a marginalized group or cultural background to share their stories about the struggle to feel "at home" or like they "fit in" in America.

Sponsored by Honors College Think Tank 

Diwali/Dhamaka

6:00pm-9:00pm, Campus Center-Multipurpose Room

Join us for Diwali Dhamaka, the celebration of the Indian festival of light and colors. 

Sponsored by the West Indian-Indian Connection 


Thursday, November 15th

International Week Quizzo

12:45pm – 1:45pm, Campus Center-Executive Meeting Room

Join us for our annual International Week Quizzo! Join a team or play on your own for a chance to win $200 in visa gift cards!

Sponsored by the Campus Center & Office of International Students & Global Programs

Welcome to the Space Show

12:45pm – 1:45pm, Paul Robeson Library

Welcome to the Space Show is a 2010 Japanese animated science fiction film. In the film, five children rescue an alien dog, and are rewarded a trip to the Moon in response. After events cause the group to become stranded in space, they must find a way to return to Earth before the kids' parents arrive.

Sponsored by Department of World Languages

Global Studies Launch Party

4:00pm - 5:00pm, Campus Center-Multipurpose Room

Join us for the launch of the new undergraduate major in Global Studies. The Global Studies major is an interdisciplinary program for Rutgers–Camden College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) students. Meet the program directors and learn more about the major!

Sponsored by Global Studies

Ernest and Celestine

5:00pm - 7:00pm, Campus Center Raptor Roost

Ernest and Celestine is the story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine.

Sponsored by the French Club

Mr. & Ms. Rutgers-Camden International Pageant 

7:00pm-9:00pm, Gordon Theatre

Contestants will take you on a world tour as they represent countries from around the globe through their traditional wear, performance art, and worldviews. 

Sponsored by the Office of International Students & Global Programs 


Friday, November 16th

Universal Children’s Day: Zane Elementary 

1:30pm-3:00pm

International students abroad will help create a fun, exciting, engaging, and intellectually rich Universal Children’s Day for children at Zane Elementary School.

Sponsored by the Office of International Students & Global Programs  

Foodie Friday: Chinatown

5:00pm -7:00pm, Chinatown Philadelphia

Visit Philadelphia’s Chinatown, a bustling showcase of various Asian countries, including Chinese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese, cuisine and culture.

Crazy Rich Asians Film Screening

7:00pm - 10:00pm, Camden Towers Lounge

Crazy Rich Asians is a 2018 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Jon M. Chu, from a screenplay by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan.

Sponsored by the Office of Housing & Residence Life, Asian Culture Society and FLIPS