Mason’s International Week Kicks Off with Parade

Last Friday, the Mason iWeek Parade kicked off the 34th annual International Week at George Mason University. Members of the Student Government Association and the Patriot Mascot joined over 130 students on Friday afternoon in the Johnson Center to start the weeklong celebration. Urbanknowlogy, Mason’s premiere hip-hop dance group, gave an electric performance and led the participants in the Mason Wobble group dance. Participants then enjoyed an International Dessert Buffet, which included: Swedish Summer Cake, Assorted Mini Donuts, Churros, and German Apple Cake.
Sonya Henry, Assistant Director for Programming for the Office of International Programs and Services, said “the iWeek parade was truly an opportunity to highlight the various countries, cultures, and organizations on campus in one place at one time.”
“It’s so important to celebrate diversity on campus, it’s a great learning experience. I especially enjoyed seeing different cultures’ attire and trying their traditional food,” said Sophomore Jordan Boyd.

Registered Student Organizations, Housing & Residence Life, Living-Learning Communities, Multicultural Greek Council, academic programs, and other campus units have come together to sponsor several International Week events including culture nights, and the greatly anticipated dance competition!

According to Henry, “the International Dance Competition is a signature Mason iWeek event, and is extra special this year with 12 competing teams and the “Taste Around the World” reception preceding the event.”

Flags from all around the world are currently displaced in the Johnson Center. Senior Lori Lawson says that, “seeing all of the flags is a great reminder that there is beauty in both celebrating who we are with pride and admiring what others have to share.”

For more information about iWeek, please visit http://iweek.gmu.edu.

Posted in Global and Multicultural Competence.