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Ohio University wraps up third annual International Education Week

Ohio University’s International Education Week 2015 ran from Sunday, Nov. 15, to Friday, Nov. 20, and this year’s week was focused around health and wellness. 

The event kicked off with the International Dinner sponsored by the International Student Union on Sunday, Nov. 15. Dance and musical performances from a wide range of cultures entertained the crowd before the food was served. Those in attendance enjoyed appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages from around the globe. 

On Monday, Nov.16, “Untold Stories of Those Who Crossed Our Borders,” an interactive experience, was available in the Baker University Center Ballroom. This interactive activity explored the experiences and stories of immigrants, migrants, refugees and trafficked individuals in Ohio.

Later that evening, a talk was held on the use of stories to advocate for marginalized and invisible individuals and communities. Photographer Gary Hardwood, writer David Hassler, and Lynn Harter, professor and co-director of the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact, led the talk. 

Events continued into Tuesday with a Skype session with Dawn Sinclair Sharpio. Shapiro is the movie director of “The Edge of Joy.” Relating to the week’s theme of health and wellness, the session explored maternal and child health in Nigeria.

Continuing with the week’s theme, Tuesday evening a panel of students shared their experiences of participating in Global Health Study Abroad programs last summer. 

Wednesday was centered around the keynote speaker for the week, Dr. Michael Newman from Doctors Without Borders. Newman worked on field missions in Liberia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Syria and South Sudan, and has also held positions with the Doctors Without Borders Board of Directors. He gave his keynote address that evening on Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Humanitarian Work in Conflict Zones.

Earlier in the day, Newman hosted two workshops. The first workshop discussed ethical and cultural challenges of working in conflict zones and relief camps. The second workshop was centered around career options with MSF and other relief organizations. 

On Thursday, Nov. 19, things got competitive. The Global Health Case Competition took place in Baker University Center. Teams of students competed to solve a complex global case and presented their solutions to a panel of judges. This year, the competition focused on the country of Botswana. Team Media for Health placed first in the competition with Team Horizon in second. 

The winners were announced at the Award Gala Thursday evening. Along with the winners for the Global Health Competition, many individuals were recognized for the excellence. Some recipients include Steve Howard (2015 Faculty Award for Excellence in Global Engagement), Usha Matta (Staff Award for Excellence in Global Engagement), Aggrey Willis Otieno (Alumni Award for Excellence in Global Engagement) and Dr. Haruka Wazaki (first ever Tanaka-OHIO Award for Excellence).

International Education Week 2015 concluded Friday morning with the public forum for OHIO's Global Strategy. The event was sponsored by the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies.