UHV International Night to raise funds for student programs

Gabriella Canales By Gabriella Canales

Nov. 16, 2017 at 5:36 p.m.

When international students get together, they are not shy about their talents, said Loveth Ohenhen, a University of Houston-Victoria graduate student from Nigeria.

"As international students, we are very passionate about having an impact on others," said Ohenhen, the president of the International Students Organization. "Come, relax, have fun and celebrate with all of us."

University students and community members have a chance Saturday to see, hear and get a taste of international culture at International Night, a fundraising event.

Dinner will feature cuisines and desserts from more than seven countries, Ohenhen said.

Entertainment for the evening includes a fashion show, cultural displays and a performance from Zainab El-Yahubu, one of UHV's international students from Nigeria, who will sing and play guitar.

The event, hosted by the university's Office of International Programs and the student organization, will benefit a goal to do more community outreach.

"We have a list of things we want to do, and we'll see where we can start after the fundraiser," Ohenhen said.

The first UHV project students want to help is JP's Market, an on-campus food pantry that serves UHV and Victoria College students.

Community project ideas include offering cultural outreach programs for kindergarten through high school students. Possible international projects include donating books to an overseas school or sponsoring an orphanage.

"We have big goals for this fundraiser," Ohenhen said. "Once it's done, we will meet and decide what our first step will be for future service projects. Even if it's just a small step, we are eager to get involved."

The event concludes International Education Week at the university, which featured daily displays about different countries at the Victoria and Katy campuses.

International Education Week is a national collaboration between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. The groups partner with universities across the nation to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences.

"It's been amazing to see our international students come together and create a shared vision," said Ludmi Herath, International Programs director. "They have created a positive presence that is shared between international students, U.S. students and even some of UHV's faculty members from other countries. This group has come a long way, and I am excited to see where it is going next."


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