Bringing the World to NDSU
Equity and Diversity Center starts new semester of speaker series.
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 13:09
Another semester of World iView Speaker Series is about to begin this Thursday. The series involves presentations by NDSU faculty, staff and students who have returned from different parts of the world who want to share their stories.
World iView was started by the Equity and Diversity Center with help from the Office of International Programs. The presentations often highlight the positive aspects of an alien culture and outline the differences and similarities in customs and traditions. The speakers also bring back pictures or souvenirs to share with the audience.
Regina Ranney, Diversity Program Coordinator with the Equity and Diversity Center said, “World iView talks are presented by our own faculty, staff and students, so having that local connection can make the topics more meaningful and easy to engage in.”
The presentations usually have had a packed audience in the past.
Ranney commented, “It can be difficult to keep up with what’s going on globally, let alone in our own individual lives, so having a real person bring back a little piece of the world can be more valuable than a CNN story.”
The presentations are held in the Memorial Union and are free and open to all students, staff and faculty members. International students who are on Academic and Cultural Sharing Scholarship can also get one volunteering hour for attending each of these presentations.
These presentations are not only good for the audience, but also for the speakers.
“The World iView program is also beneficial for the presenters, as it gives them a chance to truly reflect on their experiences. There are not always a lot of opportunities to share or hear about global experiences,” Ranney said.
Another objective of the World iView Speaker Series is to bring Global Perspective and Cultural Diversity to the NDSU campus.
“A World iView may inspire a student to study abroad, consider a new area of study, or simply provide a deeper appreciation and understanding for a culture they wouldn’t otherwise know much about” she said.
This semester the three speakers are Dr. Cheryl Wachenheim, professor in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, Marie Hvidsten, Rural Leadership Specialist with NDSU Extension Service and Lisa Hauck, director of International Programs. The talks are scheduled for Sept. 19, Oct. 10 and Nov. 14.
Find out more about these speakers and their topics in upcoming issues.