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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 our regular programs and view the University's Calendar of Events for more options. Check back for updates as we plan more events!

Pictures of our events are on our Facebook and Instagram pages!

International Welcome Reception

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

International Club

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. Email isss@wne.edu for meeting times and locations.

One World Café

One World Cafe is held two times per semester with a different theme, food, trivia, and prizes each time! 

Hajj Dinner

ISSS and Spiritual Life coordinate the Hajj Dinner each year to celebrate, Eid al-Adha, an important religious holiday celebrated by our Muslim students. A presentation, prayer, and food are provided. The date of the hajj dinner changes each year depending on the date of the Islamic Calendar.


ISSS and Spiritual Life organize the university’s Diwali celebration each fall (the date changes based on the Hindu lunar calendar). 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!

International Week

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.

Spirit of Spring Kite Festival

Held in late April, 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!