By Flynn Neary
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Camden County College will host its annual International Day from 1 to 3 p.m. April 16 in the Connector Atrium on the Blackwood campus.
“It’s a day that celebrates diversity at the college and it’s meant to help students become aware of the students from other countries,” said Colleen Doyle, an English as a Second Language learning specialist and an organizer of the event.
Not every student at CCC is aware of the college’s diverse population. “To be honest, before I saw the flyer for International Day, I really had no idea people from other countries attended CCC,” said Norm Kiersznowski, a CCC student.
According to CCC’s international students webpage, “There are almost five hundred F-1 visa students from seventy countries studying career and transfer programs at the college.”
International Day will have a bevy of activities going on but one of the key staples of International Day is the tables. Students set up each table, Doyle said. At these tables, students will display things as artifacts or photos that belong to their country to give other students a general idea of what their country is like. Doyle said on average the celebration includes 15 different tables.
In years past, students have arranged special events at International Day, Doyle added. These events have ranged from fashion shows to traditional dances. However, as of late March, Doyle stated it was still unknown if this year’s International Day will have anything along those lines.
To top off International Day, the college will provide an assortment of free food to allow students to taste cuisine from many different cultures.
“I hope that International Day acts as an opportunity for the American students to say wow, I can’t believe how many different people go to Camden County College,” Doyle said.
For more information about International Day, email Doyle firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the International Student Services Office in Room 107 of the Community Center on the Blackwood campus.