Beginning Saturday October 15, 2022, Choate Rosemary Hall will begin its inaugural International Education Week. Led by the Director of Global Engagement, Ashley Sinclair, the school will host various cultural events throughout the week. Designing the schedule involved co-planning with school departments such as SAGE, Arts, Spiritual Life, Andrew Mellon Library, and Student Activities. International Education Week will celebrate cultures from countries our students come from, and inspire our community to learn more about the world around them.
The Hispanic Latine Forum began the week’s events with an international dance featuring music and dances from around the globe. Then on Sunday, a group of students toured Yale Arts Gallery with tours offered in English and Spanish. Many student clubs are hosting events after classes, inviting the community to join them and learn about the culture they represent. Middle East North Africa Club met with a drum circle, food, and music. Caribbean Club enjoyed cooking jerk chicken, plantains, and more authentic delicacies together. Africanah Club will hold a bead making activity and the Diwali Celebration will be sponsored by Choate South Asian Association and Spiritual Life.
Other educational activities include an international film showing of Supa Modo in the Andrew Mellon Library. Dance workshops feature world-renowned guest artists such as a flamenco workshop with Belén Maya and traditional Chinese dance with Nico Li. In the dining hall, SAGE is featuring global lunch options each day with themed specialities like breads, noodles, teas, soups, and comfort foods.
This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education promotes a program that prepares students for a global environment. U.S.Department of State explains International Education Week as “an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.”