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International Jayhawk Festival to celebrate KU’s global community

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Lawrence, KS - Take a trip around the world without leaving KU at the fifth annual International Jayhawk Festival, which will be held from 4:30 - 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27 in Daisy Hill Commons.

Highlighting KU’s global community and international opportunities, the International Jayhawk Festival will include activities, games and crafts representing cultures from around the world. Free food and t-shirts also will be available. Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to attend the free event.

The International Jayhawk Festival celebrates KU’s diverse student body, the importance of global citizenship, the value of international education and the need for global awareness. Nearly 40 organizations and units, including those representing study abroad, foreign language programs, area study centers and international student organizations will be participating in the festival.

“The annual International Jayhawk Festival is an outstanding example of our diverse community coming together in celebration of our global connections and the immense opportunities for international engagement available to all Jayhawks,” said Charles Bankart, associate vice provost of International Affairs. “The festival showcases KU talent from around the world, as well as the programs, services and life-changing opportunities available at KU designed to ensure that a KU education develops intercultural competencies and teaches responsible engagement with the world.”

More than 2,000 international students from over100 countries attend KU, the most of any school in Kansas. KU ranks 23rd in the country for study abroad participation among public doctoral institutions, with 28 percent of the total undergraduate student population participating in a study abroad program before they graduate.

At the International Jayhawk Festival, students can meet with advisors from study abroad programs, discuss academic programs with the School of Languages, Literature & Cultures and area study centers and explore international career opportunities with the University Career Center. Other activities include a photo booth, global trivia games and craft demonstrations. 

The event receives university and community support through these contributing sponsors: Academic Accelerator Program, African & African-American Studies, Applied English Center, Center for Global & International Studies, Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies, Dillons, Global Business Studies, Hyvee, Indigenous Studies, International Affairs, Kansas African Studies Center, KU Libraries, the Merc, Office of Diversity & Equity, Ondori Noodle Shop, Open Language Resource Center, Ondori Noodle, School of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, Spencer Museum of Art, Study Abroad & Global Engagement, and the University Career Center.

For more information about the 2020 International Jayhawk Festival: https://international.ku.edu/ijf2020

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