CulturalFest Countdown: Meet Chinese Classical Dancing Group

We are less than three weeks away from the CulturalFest Performance Showcase on February 2! The Performance Showcase will feature 11 performing artists and groups who will share cultures from around the world on the Meany Hall stage. Meet the Chinese Classical Dancing Group, which will be sharing a classical dance piece they choreographed themselves.

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Pen Pal Celebration

FIUTS always looks forward to the education programs’ Pen Pal Celebration at the end of every quarter. Each quarter, bonds are created between international students and their elementary school pen pals. With hand-written and thoroughly doodled letters, FIUTS facilitates international understanding. The students learn about another culture through a mentor they can look up to, and the international students get a deeper understanding of education in America.

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A New Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for family, and at FIUTS, we’re thankful for those who welcome international students to their family. Many of our hosts have hosted year after year, and some have welcome UW international students into their traditions for the first time. We’re grateful for their generosity, and happy to celebrate their kindness.

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A look back at November’s International Education Month

International Education Week is an initiative by the U.S. Department of State and Department of Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange around the world. At the University of Washington, FIUTS reached out to departments around campus to compile a whole month-long calendar of international-themed on-campus events. These range from the UW Study Abroad Fair to musical performances and public lectures, as well as a couple FIUTS events that we highlight here.

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Faces of FIUTS: Bud Bard

Bud Bard (center) is one of those people who never stops giving, and I’m grateful that he helped to guide FIUTS into the organization it is today. For our Faces of FIUTS blog post this week, we’re featuring a previous Executive Director of FIUTS who is steadfast in his passion and service for the international community in Seattle.

 

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World Diabetes Day

As a part of the global community, FIUTS is excited to support the awareness campaign on diabetes. This year, the focus is on how diabetes affects families, and important warning signs for parents to watch out for. If you have little ones in your life, take a look to see how you can keep an eye out for their health!

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New Staff, Intern, & Program Assistant

We have some amazing people who have joined our family here at FIUTS. Whether they have known FIUTS for a few years, are brand new to America, or began their job in the middle of the busiest weeks of our year, we’re so lucky that they stuck with us! Learn more about the new individuals that make our ship run smoothly! Thank you for joining FIUTS Misaki, Chuan, and Michelle!

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Faces of FIUTS: Asish Thakur

Our participation in the US Department of State Study of the US Institute (SUSI) encourages leadership and cross-cultural understanding in many parts of our globe. From Southern Asian to Southern African nations, participants come to the US to gain leadership skills and develop projects that matter to their communities at home. We are lucky to have these leaders from around the globe come to visit us in Seattle, and leave us with hope that change is possible.

The kinds of projects that SUSI develops are long-term and enact real change in their community. As part of our Global Development theme this month, we want to update you on several of these amazing leaders and their work. Learn about one of our 2016 leaders from Nepal in this week’s "Faces of FIUTS,” and stay tuned for more!

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