It’s Global Week! From the 12th – 16th March, The Anglia Ruskin Student’s Union and the International Advice Service are holding a week-long event to celebrate the diverse cultures of the university and student/staff body. This celebration will be marked with education, fun activities, volunteering and workshops. It is an amazing chance to appreciate and talk about the countries and cultures you and your fellow colleagues are from, and what unites us as a university. So – from a student perspective, why should you join in and get involved?
- You can celebrate where you’re from!
It’s a great opportunity to showcase your culture by doing something you’re passionate about. Whether it’s by taking part in a dance routine, sharing food from your country or showcasing cultural music, there are a variety of different ways you can show what makes you proud about where you’re from. Other students can be educated about your unique heritage! The Graphic Design Society will be designing posters highlighting the global diversity of society members.
- You can try something new and have fun!
It is a collaborative event that is jam packed with activities throughout the week and it gets better and better each year. There’s a chance to participate in various games and enter competitions and challenges across the university. You can learn more about different cultures and countries across the world that you may not have been aware of before, try foods and drinks, meet new people and step out of your comfort zone.
- It counts towards your volunteering hours!
Giving up your free time to take part in an activity during Global Week counts as volunteering and you can log your hours and any skills you were able to develop through planning and executing your event. If you run a society, this is also one of the requirements to achieve a silver reward which comes with a variety of benefits as Global Week is an event which benefits the wider Student Union body. Once the silver reward is achieved you will be able to display a plaque at the Fresher’s and Refresher’s event which will help to promote your society and will show students that you have community awareness.
- 4. You can collaborate with others!
Global Week is one of many chances for students and student societies to run joint events based on a common area that you’re interested in and also increase community engagement, for societies it is one of the requirements for the gold society award. The wider student body will have more awareness about your societies and what they do and will be able to interact with them in a fun and exciting way. It’s also a chance for you to network with students you might not have been in contact with before.
- 5. Be part of something amazing
Every year Global Week is an unforgettable event, you won’t regret being a part of it. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness about a global issue that you’re passionate about, or fundraise for a charity that is close to your heart. This event has several benefits for students and university staff alike.
And to round off, here are a couple of words from Dan Fow who is the Student Opportunities Coordinator at the Anglia Ruskin Student’s Union:
Come and celebrate cultures from all over the world. Students from all across the globe will be bringing all different items whether that be food, dancing, singing and much more! There will be various language lessons being held and talks going on so keep an eye out at angliastudent.com/globalweek for the latest events and what there is to be getting involved with. There are roughly 60 events happening throughout the week, so plenty of fun to be had!
By Blessing Raimi
12 March 2018
Image Credit: Anglia Ruskin Students Union