This year is the 100th anniversary of international education at Utah State University. According to the International Student Council, there are over 1,000 international students at USU, with some 85 countries represented. There are student groups on campus representing 17 different countries or nationalities, and each holds their own activities and celebrations throughout the year.
Here’s a look at a couple of the cultural events held this year by international students at Utah State: The Dominican Student Association’s “Areito” celebration held in February, named after a traditional pre-Columbian song and dance performed by the Tainos people of what is today the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Bahamas; and the International Student Council’s annual International Banquet held in April, featuring music and dance from around the world, including India, China, Armenia, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia and the Dominican Republic. Photos by Kendell Dutson (Areito) and Kate Rouse DuHadway (International Banquet).
For more information about international student groups on campus, or to learn more about USU’s Office of Global Engagement, visit http://www.usu.edu/oiss/htm/current-students/student-organizations. And keep reading Aggie BluePrint during the 2012/2013 school year, to find out more about the cultural diversity at USU.