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International Education Week 2023

International Education Week 2023 Illuminating Cultures in the year of the Eclipse

Sunday, November 12th

4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.                                                                                            Union Plaza

Join Residence Life and International Student and Scholar Services in a celebration of Diwali (The Festival of Lights). We will be coloring in a Rangoli on the Union Plaza, and there will be a limited amount of colored sand to make personal Rangolis. Food will be provided!

Monday, November 13th

4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.                                                                 rsvp through Bengal Connect

Connect with the team that cares for an evening of home cooked food and free speech! We want to hear from you. Cast light upon improving your campus. 

Tuesday, November 14th

12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m.                            Zoom Meeting ID: 861 7019 8342 Passcode: 457irN

Where in the world do you want to travel to? Join Director Melissa Holland to explore where Buffalo State can take you to study away. There are over 1,000 programs waiting for you. There will be allotted times for questions. Ignite your dreams to travel.

Work Visas Beyond OPT Workshop 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 939 8910 2269 Passcode: 436810

Immigration attorney Art Serratelli will provide information on work visas and green card applications.  All are welcome, no advanced registration required.  Start thinking creatively about your immigration future and attend this free workshop!

Wednesday, November 15th 

12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m.                                                            Burchfield Penney Art Center

Join Ke Shi, an international Alum for a tour of the Burchfield Penney Art Center! Brighten your day through art.  Meet in the main lobby of the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.                                                                                        Houston Gym 

Looking for a way to detox from the day? Join us in the dance studio at the Houston Gym for an hour of stretching and meditation! Shine your inner light.

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.                                                                         Butler Library Lobby

Students in Dance Appreciation will share a variety of cultural dances.  Engage in this learning opportunity to broaden your dance moves as participants will join the dancers.  Lobby of Butler Library.

Know Your Rights: Travel Outside the U.S. 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 964 3880 9884, Passcode: 688237

This free workshop with immigration attorney Cianna Freeman is a must attend for any student traveling outside the U.S. this winter break or into the future.  Learn your rights from an expert! No advanced registration needed, all are welcome.

7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.                                                                                           Rockwell Hall

Buffalo State Performing Arts Center hosts at Rockwell Hall a performance by the Buffalo State Philharmonia under the direction of Dr. Thomas Witakowski.  This event highlights Buffalo State University's talent.

Thursday, November 16th

1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m. AIFS International Internships Session

International Internships…….. Join this presentation to learn how Buffalo State students can go abroad and build their resume.  Zoom Meeting ID: 832 0530 2998 Passcode: zoom link

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Caudell Hall 234

The Understanding Unconscious Bias workshop: This program aims to educate participants about the unseen biases that unconsciously influence our actions and decision-making, often leading to unintended discriminatory practices. Unconscious biases are social stereotypes that individuals form outside their conscious awareness.  May this event be a new dawning of understanding for attendees to understand unconscious bias. RSVP on Bengal Connect

Friday, November 17th

11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.                                                                                      Cleveland 419

Participate in Faculty study abroad training to learn more about the taking students on study abroad programs. From building itineraries, recruitment to boarding the plane, to learn more. Be a part of enlightening the student's international experience.

6:30 p.m.- 7: 30 p.m.                                                                               Bishop Hall Lounge

Engage in a musical cultural event with RA Tehillah Hill at Bishop Hall for a rhythmic time with music around the world! Lighten your day by sharing a love of music.

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.                                                                                          Sports Arena 

Come support the women’s hockey team and our Canadian athletes as they strive for a win over SUNY Morrisville.  See how the Bengals skate at lightening speed.

For more information contact Tricia Herritt at

Thank you to International Education Week Sponsors: E. H. Butler Library,  Equity and Diversity Office, and Maurene Callahan Bouras Center for Global Engagement. 


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Phone: (716) 878-5331 •  Fax: (716) 878-3054