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Throughout the year, ISSS organizes numerous events to promote cultural awareness on campus. We develop programs that cater to our current students but also are educational in nature. See below for dates and times. Check back for updates as we plan more events!

September 6, 2017, 5 p.m., the CSP Atrium

ISSS holds the International Welcome Reception on a bi-annual basis (September and January). This event welcomes new students and scholars to campus and gives them the opportunity to meet current students, staff, and faculty. Come for the friendship, food, music, a raffle, and fun!

Every other Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in CC4 (Campus Center)

Meets every other Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in CC4 (Campus Center) starting August 31. The club is a great opportunity to meet with other students, learn about different cultures on campus, and have fun! The club meets every other week and has different events going on throughout the year. Feel free to join us for meetings or events.

2017-2018 dates TBD

Join ISSS and Spiritual Life to try coffee, tea, and treats from all around the world. 

September 5, 2017, Rivers Memorial

ISSS and Spiritual Life coordinate the Hajj Dinner each fall to celebrate, Eid al-Adha, an important religious holiday celebrated by our Muslim students. A presentation, prayer, and food are provided.  

October 2017 and February 2018

ISSS offers the International Graduate Student Success Series to incoming graduate students. Each October and February, there are workshops on academic success, library resources plagiarism, career development, and Optional Practical Training. This workshop series is required for new graduate students who start in September and January.

October 19, 2017, 6 p.m., Rivers Memorial

ISSS and Spiritual Life organize the university’s Diwali celebration each fall. Also known as the Festival of Lights, it is one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism and signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. We celebrate with a presentation, lots of food, music, dancing, and fun to honor our Hindu community!

November 13-17, 2017

International Education Week is typically the third week of November and is a great opportunity to try food from around the world, learn about other cultures, plan your study abroad trip, and more! Activities include a study abroad photo contest, international desert tasting, a study abroad fair, henna tattoos, etc.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education was first held in 2000 today it's celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.

November 23, 2017

Current students are eligible to apply to celebrate Thanksgiving with current staff and faculty. Students will be advised to sign up in mid-October.

March 20, 2018, 12:30 - 2 p.m., Rivers Memorial

Nowruz, or the Persian New Year, is celebrated in mid-March each year throughout the world and is one of the most important holiday in the Persian calendar. This day marks the beginning of spring and usually occurs on March 21. ISSS celebrates this with a presentation on the significance of Nowruz, Persian food, music, and fun to honor our Persian community.

April 2018

The university’s annual Kite Festival began in 2014 as a way for students to have fun and participate in a relaxing activity before finals. Kite Festivals happen all over the world and the tradition dates back to the 19th century. Our Kite Festival draws inspiration from the Basant Kite Festival, a seasonal celebration in the Middle East and India where people gather to welcome the coming of spring. We dance to lively music, eat delicious food, fly kites (provided by Western New England University), and celebrate the arrival of spring!