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International Student Month


What is International Student Month?

International Student Month (ISM) is the official celebration honoring and appreciating the history, cultural diversity, and unique contributions of international students at Vanderbilt. Throughout the month of March, the Student Center for Social Justice & Identity (SCSJI), the International Students & Scholar Services (ISSS), the Multicultural Leadership Council (MLC), and the International Student Council (ISC) curate intentional programs designed to foster and build community within the international student community, educate the non-international community about the lived experiences of international students, and celebrate the various cultures that make up the international student community at Vanderbilt.

 

As we celebrate the first International Student Month at Vanderbilt from March 1 – 31st, the theme is A Trip Around the World, which signifies the various adventures that exist within the international student experience.

See the calendar of events below for more details about upcoming events in the month!

Check out the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) March Festival Calendar! HERE you find a calendar featuring holidays and other celebrations throughout the month of March. You can click on the respective holiday, and be redirected to a page with information about said holiday, as well as links to related events and activities. This is intended as a resource for the Vanderbilt community to learn more about the cultural significance of holidays celebrated by many throughout International Student Month.

ISM Zoom Backgrounds: Copy and save the following images for a fun ISM 2022 Zoom Background!

Please see below for the full list of events in March and to directly access the Zoom Links for any and all programs!

Program Title: Immigrant/ Children of Immigrant Listening Circle

When: March 1, 2022 at 3 PM to 4 PM

Location: Zoom; Register to attend at https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctcemqqzgjHNGNhhceMbv-EM9pV3-E1VFM

Program Description: This listening circle offers a safe space for immigrants, children of immigrants, refugees, and international students to share their stories and develop a sense of connection and groundedness in community together. This support group will empower students to feel less alone by connecting with others who understand their experiences. This specific session will focus on introductions and foundational information.

Sponsored By: University Counseling Center (UCC)

 

Program Title: International Student Month Kick off and Block Party

When: March 2, 2022 at 11 AM – 3 PM

Location: Multicultural Community Space

Program Description: This event will include free food from a local food truck, a live DJ, a fun photobooth, and lots of internationally known board games and activities. Come out and have a mid-day break in the West End Neighborhood by the Multicultural Community Space to enjoy good company and celebrate all the beautiful cultures Vanderbilt has to share.

Sponsored By: Student Center for Social Justice and Identity (SCSJI)

 

Program Title: APIDA Support Group

When: March 2, 2022 at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Zoom; Register to attend at https://www.vanderbilt.edu/ucc/group-therapy-workshops/

Program Description:

This group provides a safe and affirming space for APIDA, (Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi-American) identifying students who are looking for support, connection, and skills as they navigate experiences relating to their intersecting identities. This group is open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

Sponsored By: University Counseling Center (UCC)

 

Program Title: Lanterns Showcase

When: March 15, 2022 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Location: SLC Ballroom

Program Description: Lanterns is one of MLC’s capstone event that aims to elevate international students’ voices on campus. Come for a night of food, painting lanterns, and beautiful stories from our 8 amazing student and faculty speakers. Celebrate International Students Month with us, and join our dialogue about what it means to be international at Vanderbilt. Foods from Lucky Bamboo Restaurant, snacks from K&S market, and bubble teas will be provided. There’ll also be a lottery among audience members, prizes being 2 polaroid and 3 jellycat blankets. Come and join us!

Sponsored By: Multicultural Leadership Council (MLC)

 

Program Title: International Student Wellness Fair

When: March 16, 2022 at 12 PM – 2 PM

Location: SLC Ballroom

Program Description: Vanderbilt offers a variety of resources that promote overall well-being, but students are not always aware of them. At this fair, students will be able to interact with the many organizations on campus that contribute to a holistic sense of wellness – be it from a physical, emotional, social, or academic (or other!) perspective.

Sponsored By: International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) & University Counseling Center (UCC)

 

Program Title: APIDA Support Group

When: March 16, 2022 at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Zoom; Register to attend at https://www.vanderbilt.edu/ucc/group-therapy-workshops/

Program Description:

This group provides a safe and affirming space for APIDA, (Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi-American) identifying students who are looking for support, connection, and skills as they navigate experiences relating to their intersecting identities. This group is open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

Sponsored By: University Counseling Center (UCC)

 

Program Title: Immigrant/ Children of Immigrant Listening Circle

When: March 15, 2022 at 3 PM to 4 PM

Location: Zoom; Register to attend at https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctcemqqzgjHNGNhhceMbv-EM9pV3-E1VFM

Program Description: This listening circle offers a safe space for immigrants, children of immigrants, refugees, and international students to share their stories and develop a sense of connection and groundedness in community together. This support group will empower students to feel less alone by connecting with others who understand their experiences. This specific session will focus on adjustment and acculturation.

Sponsored By: University Counseling Center (UCC)

 

Program Title: Sarratt Takeover

When: March 14-18, 2022

Location: Sarratt Building

Program Description: We will be taking over the Sarratt building during these to celebrate International Student Month. This will include decorating the hallways and playing international top musical hits throughout the speakers. Be sure to come through Sarratt to enjoy international influenced art, music and much more!

Sponsored By: Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion & Student Centers

 

Program Title: MLC Semiformal: An International Fairytale

When: March 18, 2022 at 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Location: Studio 615 (272 Broadmoor Dr., Nashville, TN, 37207)

Program Description: MLC presents the Spring 2022 Semi-Formal which is theme… an international fairytale. Come and join a night of dancing, food, and friends at Studio 615. MLC encourages you to wear your cultural formal attire. Register via AnchorLink HERE

Sponsored By: Multicultural Leadership Council (MLC)

 

Program Title: I-Networking

When: March 28, 2022 at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Board of Trust Room Student Life Center

Program Description: Join the International Student Council (ISC) for a crash course in networking and a chance to network with both undergraduate and graduate students. Dinner is catered from the Edessa Turkish restaurant, and bubble tea is from YinYang.

Sponsored By: International Student Council

 

Program Title: APIDA Support Group

When: March 30, 2022 at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Zoom; Register to attend at https://www.vanderbilt.edu/ucc/group-therapy-workshops/

Program Description:

This group provides a safe and affirming space for APIDA, (Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi-American) identifying students who are looking for support, connection, and skills as they navigate experiences relating to their intersecting identities. This group is open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

Sponsored By: University Counseling Center (UCC)

 

 

 

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