Tyler Junior College conducts its annual International Week
activities to advance global awareness and education in the east Texas area. During
the third week of April every year a variety of informative, and enjoyable activities such
as cultural exhibitions, food fair, entertainment, film festival, games, fashion shows,
lecture series, and panel discussions are planned to educate people
about global issues. Students
and community volunteers represent over fifty countries every year in
TJC’s International Day activities.
TJC's International Day
every year brings about three
thousand people (students, teachers, and community members) from the East Texas area and beyond
together to celebrate the global interrelatedness of the human race. In the past few
years, all area public schools, Tyler Chamber of Commerce, local mass media, and numerous
businesses have sponsored International week activities. For more information, please
contact Dr. Manoucher
Khosrowshahi at 903-510-2279, or email MKHO@TJC.EDU
Following the 1997 International Day, one participating student, in her
evaluation form, wrote:
Everyone shared information, clarified
misconceptions, exchanged thoughts and drew closer. We found similarities and admired
differences, we remembered countries and discovered new ones. As the day closed with
lingering, romantic, Spanish songs, we realized the beauty all cultures have, the richness
all countries offer, and the universality of humanity.
In 2002 International Day, Loletha Jones said:
International Day really touched my heart. Seeing all
of the students, faculty, and community come together to celebrate this wonderful event
was just heart-warming. I feel that this day made me realize how much my culture varies
from other people, yet we are all human.
Mendez, a TJC student, in 2002 International Day, writes:
International Day was
a personal learning experience for me and in my opinion a refreshing experience for all
American citizens as a whole. International Day was a day set aside to introduce to some the beauties of other
places of the world. I dont think I can forget the moment when the National Anthem
was sung and all people stood in respect of the American flag. The hairs on my arm stood up and tears ran down my
Unity is a powerful thing.
For additional testimonials,
please click on the link.
TJC's International week activities have become an integral
part of our college tradition during the 90's and we hope that, as a result of community
involvement, we enhance our activities and carry on the legacy of global education through
the 21st century.
Photos from International Day 2003
see previous years' photos of International Day
For more information, contact Dr. Manoucher Khosrowshahi