By HanFu Shi
The Office of Global Initives has been relocated to the first floor of Hargreaves Hall. According to Catherine Dixon, the executive director of the office of Global Initiatives, the new office provides plenty of rooms for staff to meet with international students, visiting scholars and students interested in study abroad experiences.
The space will be used for meetings and events related to global topics.
About 500 international students are studying at Eastern, making up four percent of the student population on campus.
“The [Office of Global Initiatives] is working [to] establish a formal campus dormitory location for the global living learning community,” Dixon said.
According to Dixon, this can provide a chance for international students to communicate with domestic students, staff and faculty.
They can learn more about global issues, study abroad programs and intercultural communication. Their goal is to increase the number of international students by five to seven percent.
At the same time, the Office of Global Initiatives is having a weekly event, which is ran by the International Students Association. It is a weekly event and both international and domestic students are welcomed.
Minghua Weng, who goes by the name “Sonic,” an international adviser, said, “International Students Association is a great event to promote intercultural communication between international students and domestic students.”
Every week the International Student Association will have a social meeting at the Office of Global Initiatives office. Students and staff already talked about relationships and marriage in different cultures.
They have also done a language exchange in the meetings. Some students learned how to say hello, goodbye, love and thanks in 10 different languages.
In addition, they also have movie night, game night or cuisine night together.
Students can find the best food from their hometown in Spokane and introduce it to all the other students. In addition, the International Students Association also provides tutoring for not only the international students but also domestic students at EWU.
For international students, it can be easier to understand each other. For American students, it can help them make international friends at the same time.