“We see each other, we go to classes with each other, but we don’t know why we behave the way we do or why we dress the way we do,” said Abigail Fabien, an international student from Dominica and graduate student in management information systems.
Global Expo is an opportunity for students and staff to visit countries and cultures from around the world without a passport.
“Traditionally, Global Expo is offered as part of the International Education Week at UHCL,” said Linda Bullock, assistant dean of student diversity. “This program is an opportunity for UHCL students to display booths celebrating their countries, cultures and traditions.”
The Office of International and Intercultural Student Services sponsors Global Expo each year; Bullock explained that it is used as an educational tool for UHCL students.
“The staff and student population, at large, can visit booths and learn interesting facts and enjoy traditions they would otherwise not have a chance to experience,” Bullock said. “This is a beneficial learning experience outside the classroom to enhance our global view and experience.”
“I’m glad I am able to express my culture and show what we are really about and what we have to offer,” said Petra LeFleur, an international student from Trinidad and Tobago and graduate student in management information systems.
Sabiha Mahmmood, student organizations and special events graduate assistant majoring in sociology, had been to global expo two times before. On Nov. 18, she was back for the third time.
“You get to meet so many different people and you find out things that you never knew, which is kind of exciting,” Mahmmood said. “This is my third year attending Global Expo and it seems like I learn something new each year.”
“Every year, as our international student population increases, global expo grows in participation and displays,” Bullock said. “This year, we have over 20 displays with a diverse group of countries represented.”
A few of the countries represented were: Vietnam, India, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Jamaica, Indonesia and Taiwan. Not all booths were countries; the Office of Student Life hosted a Texas booth where they served chili.
Sameer Pande, assistant director of International and Intercultural Student Services, explained how he wished there was more participation from the United States.
“Education is a two-way process,” Pande said. “If I want domestic students to learn about other countries, I also want the international students to learn the culture and everything about Texas and the United States.”
Attendee, Perla Pena, an undergraduate student in education, said she enjoyed the opportunity to experience different countries and cultures through music, dancing, food and native clothing.
“We are culturally diverse in this university and this is a chance to learn a little bit about these different cultures,” Pena said.
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