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The University of West Georgia’s International Night celebrates the diverse student population on campus, creates a venue to taste and provides a glimpse of the different cultures of the international students who call UWG their home.

“It is a chance for us to promote diversity and to help provide a better understanding of other cultures and a great way to experience the world without ever having to leave the UWG campus,” said Danielle Plummer, the Departmental Associate of International Services and Programs. “This year’s guests can plan to enjoy food and performances from many countries, including a fashion show.”

International Night is one of UWG’s biggest culturally diverse events. It not only welcomes the students and faculty, but also attracts the community.

Once the doors open, the guests can enjoy authentic cuisines from the countries represented, which are cooked by the students themselves. At 8 p.m., the entertainment programs begin, including a fashion show, where students will showcase their cultural attires.

“This is an intensive undertaking, and the preparation begun a couple of months ago,” said Peter-John Goulbourne, President of the International Student Club. “We are trying to get all the students together to perform, cook and also participate in the fashion show.

“As the current president, I’ve got several surprises lined up, which I cannot reveal at the moment,” continued Goulbourne.

Last year’s event entertained more than 500 guests who eagerly joined in the celebration of international cultures and diversity.

“We are expecting more people this year,” said Alex Anderson, Vice President of the International Student Club. “Despite the smaller number of international students at UWG this semester, we are all prepared to entertain a larger crowd. We hope to make this year’s event a greater success.”

The International Student Club will host its 31st annual International Night Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Campus Center Ballroom from 7p.m. onward. This year’s event is themed “Cheers to the World.” Admission is $5 for UWG students with their ID, $7 for children under 12 and $8 for all other guests. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance, through participating international students and the International Services and Programs office in Row Hall, Room 229.

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