ISOSU Intersection of Identity

ISOSU had its first Intersection of Identity program in the IRC Monday night, and the attendance was…well, let’s just say somebody showed.

Although the event was not targeted specifically to international students, ISOSU’s intention was to create a safe environment for international students who identify themselves as LGBT (but haven’t necessarily come out) to attend and learn about the resources on campus.

The day after the event, I spoke to an international student about my dismay regarding the attendance. When I explained it was for international students, she laughed at me.

“International students aren’t going to come,” she said. And she posed an important question.

What if someone (in the student’s cultural community) recognizes the student and goes back to tell student’s family?

This was a good point.

While I emphasize that Intersection of Identity was held in a safe environment, I admit that it wasn’t a private environment. At Oregon State University, not even the CAPS department is “private.”

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If you are an international (or domestic) student who wants to know more information, but you’re shy to attend the events, here is some info for you, provided by the organization reps:

OSU Pride Center

Because the center is so close to the ILLC, reps understand if international students are uncomfortable walking in. However, there is a back door in which students can enter. There, students will find a space with similar people who listen. At the Pride Center, you can:

  1. Disclose your emotions (What’s said in the Pride Center, stays in the Pride Center)
  2. Drink coffee and chill in their living room (great way to relax during final’s week)
  3. Gain referrals (student health services, social programming, CAPS, etc.)

Rainbow Continuum 

This is a safe space, and much like the Pride Center, what is said there, stays there. This is a group that meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:00 pm in the Memorial Union. Students facing similar struggles can come together and discuss personal issues, free of judgement.

SOL Oregon State

What does it mean to be a minority and identify yourself as LGBT? SOL is a group of students that work to overcome these prejudices. A white man who identifies himself as LGBT may have problems, but none like a black woman who identifies herself as LGBT. SOL is conveniently stationed within the Pride Center.

ISOSU hopes this information is useful to those students who didn’t attend Intersection of Identity, but may have wanted to. Have a great long weekend!

 

 

Spend quality time with families and friends during Thanksgiving

 

DON’T:

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DO:

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Thanksgiving is a great time for us to have family and friends reunion, enjoy a wonderful dinner, spend time and share things about your daily life with your loved ones.

Nowadays we might rely on technology for communication. When we actually have time to hang out with families and friends, we might still prefer focusing on our phones, tablets, etc. but not having a face-to-face conversation with people around us.

This Thanksgiving, try to put down your electronic devices. And instead, talk to your parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins, and others.

You can capture the moments but remember not to focus too much on your electronic gadgets.

Cherish every conversations and memories in this holiday season. Be thankful for the people around you.

Share the idea of #beBEAVERBOLD with them and listen to their BOLD stories.

 

Audrey A. & Joyce L.

Get engaged in what matters! My beginning as a first year student developed as I got involved on campus from being a hall representatives for my residence hall and working for the cultural centers. I was able to discover experiences that developed my professional skills, social networking skills, and challenged me to be fearless in bringing voice to the tough issues that arise on campus. I started out small, challenging myself little bit by little bit to rise to the occasion. I remember my first program I was apart of; the September Scholars Summer Program. I required to do a final presentation. I challenged myself do do something different and out of the box. I used a powerpoint with no words, only pictures for a 15 minute presentation. I challenged myself to put forth the extra effort to capture the room with my voice through story telling in a format that was different even for me. I was not sure that it would work but as I pushed myself, I excelled. As I continue to do so, who knows what I will accomplish next. What are you doing to challenge yourself in your everyday life?

 

Solidarity March

 

Anderson DuBoise III

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ISOSU November Events

Hey OSU Beavs!

We hope you’re staying warm as the temperature grows frigid.

Here in the IRC, we’re keeping busy with a few upcoming events the month of November, including International Education Week!

Because there is so much going on, here is a reminder of what’s going on at ISOSU.

November 13

Danger of a Single Perspective 

ISOSU Individual Events_V02b-page-004 (1)For Thursday’s Danger of a Single Perspective, we’re taking a look, and discussing the educational systems around the world!

Members of the ISOSU exec team have already begun discussing the differences between each country. For example. in Malaysia, a 75% is considered an A! That’s the same in Jamaica, where my dad is from.

According to Dulguun, our International Coordinator, in her home-country, Mongolia, an A is the same as in the United States.

 

November 17

International Education Week Coffee Hour 

International Education Week 2014 starts Monday, Nov. 17. In honor of celebrating international education, ISOSU is teaming up with the Division of International Programs to host the biggest Coffee Hour of the term! Literally. We anticipate 100 attendees to come. This means more fun, more opportunities to network, and more food. Free food.

So drop by the International Resource Center from 4:30-6pm to celebrate with us! RSVP on our event page.

November 20

Meet ‘N’ Mingle

ISOSU’s biggest event of the term is just around the corner: Meet ‘N’ Mingle! International students, this is the event for you! If you’re interested in networking, gathering resources and taking the steps to become a leader at OSU, join us in the MU Horizon Room for Meet ‘N’ Mingle!

More event details to come on our social media!

November 24

Intersection of Identity

This project is one that will benefit many international students on campus. For international students within the LGBTQ community, it’s important to know that resources are available. And if you ever feel shy of entering the Pride Center, representatives want you to know that there is a back door you can use. ISOSU wants to help you guys get connected. Join us for Intersection of Identity to learn more!

We’re moving pretty quickly this month, but there’s plenty of time to catch up! Start by joining us for Danger of a Single Perspective tomorrow in the IRC!

And don’t forget International Education Week, Nov 17-21. Check out the official IEW calendar to participate in the fun!

~Stay warm, Beavers!

Where do I know this person from?

 

Through a series of engagement in the community, you will meet many new faces and you will often forget who you encountered.

At the end of the day, you will feel good that somebody knows you even if you forget them. You eventually will recall some great memories related to the person about an awesome event or involvement that you were a part of.

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Never be afraid to say “Hi!”, even to someone you barely know.

Challenge yourself to say “Hi” to somebody you don’t know and make new friends.

Be engage in an activity with someone new. #beBEAVERBOLD

Ching Chong Ling Long Ting Tong

Have people assumed where you are from based on your appearance?

Have you done the same thing to others unconsciously?

Oregon State University values diversity because it enhances our education and provides tools to be culturally respectful, professional competent, and civically responsible.

Next time you meet somebody, think before you speak. Be mindful of other cultures, there is no need to speak “ching chong” to every Asian you see.

Joyce L. & Audrey A.

The Omani Students Association at OSU celebrated the Omani Woman’s Day on October 17th at the Memorial Union Lounge appreciating and honoring the woman’s role in the national development movement of Oman where the visitors enjoyed the gallery and knowing about the woman’s accomplishes in many different fields. The Omani Students association would like to thank everyone made this event happen by coming and supporting us, and special thanks to our sponsor “Monroe Dental Avenue” for being our supporter. Thanks to the photographers of he event: Abdullah Al Zadjali, Husam Al Hinai, Hood Al Mayyahi, Hamdan Al Qasmi, Al Moatasim Al Ismaili. And a big thank you to all who participated!

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The Omani Student Association celebrates Women's Day
The Omani Student Association celebrates Women’s Day

The Student Events and Activities Center here at OSU, supports and encourages cultural celebrations, and we thank the Omani Student Association for educating the public about the Omani Woman’s day. We also encourage the students of OSU to participate in these amazing free, yummy, and exciting events! You don’t want to miss out.

Sincerely,

Valeria Ursu (SEAC Event Specialist)

 

Halloween Around the Globe

Hey beavers!

Hope you’re having a good start to your week! Midterms are over for many of us here at OSU, which gives us a chance to wind down and enjoy life. As you all know, Halloween is fast approaching, so in the spirit of the season, I went around and asked members of the ISOSU team a very important question this time of year:

How do you celebrate Halloween in your culture?

China

Quingming (Tomb Sweeping Day)

Melissa Feng
Melissa Feng

Our internal coordinator, Melissa Feng was born in China, and to this question, she answered: “Nothing.”

In China, people don’t do anything for Halloween. In fact, they don’t know what Halloween is.

Chinese may not know about Halloween, but they honor their ancestors every year for during a festival known as Quingming on the fifth of April.

“People burn fake paper money so the dead can spend it in the underworld,” Melissa said. “It’s not a celebration, it’s more like a sad day. Usually people go to the headstone of their loved ones.”

Melissa has never participated in Quingming, but says it’s a way to remember and appreciate ancestors who have passed. Acts of respect and remembrance vary throughout the country, but in most cases, money is burned and tombstones are swept clean.

Colombia

Dia de las Brujas (Day of the witches/Halloween)

Estefania Arellana
Estefania Arellana

In a show of how cultures may appear different but share many aspects in common, ISOSU co-director, Estefania Arellana, shares how people in her culture celebrate Halloween.

“The kids dress up,” Estafania said. “They go out to the streets to ask for candy.”

Sounds familiar?

In Colombia, people celebrate this spooky holiday much like we do in the United States. Every October 31, they have a festival of the dead, children dress up, and candy is disbursed.

Cambodia

Pchum Ben

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Rone Nop

“We don’t do a Halloween, per se,” said co-director Rone Nop. “But we have celebrations of the dead.”

These celebrations include large feasts where family members set aside portions for their ancestors.  “And we burn fake money,” Rone said. “It’s called ‘heavenly money:’ money that goes to heaven. It’s very similar to Chinese culture.”

How do you celebrate Halloween in your culture? Does it follow the western style where children dress in frightening costumes and go door-to-door for candy? Or does it resemble the honor and respect for one’s ancestors as seen in many Eastern cultures?

Share your Halloween here or comment on ISOSU’s Facebook page!

 

And don’t forget to join the SEAC crew for the 2014 Halloween Beaver Bash in Memorial Union Ballroom, October 31!

This event is presented by SEAC, ASOSU, ISOSU and Diversity Development! There will be free food, prizes, a haunted house to explore, and a costume content! You will also get a more in depth version of how Halloween is celebrated within cultures across the world. So come celebrate the night with us as we celebrate culture, tradition and community. OSU’s Halloween Beaver Bash is a family friendly event!

 

I was a shy, 17-year-old teenager when I first came to OSU alone with 2 trunks.

I still remember the first night I was in my dorm room alone and I was so scared to go out. Four years ago, I could have never imagined that I would become a student leader in America; in a cultural organization different from my own culture. Now I have gained a lot of event planning experiences, a lot of friends from different cultural groups, more confidence of speaking in front of a crowd and a job I enjoy.

In my junior year, I was looking for some changes. My friend asked me if I wanted to dance K-pop at Korea Night. I was not confident since I had never danced on stage. “YOLO” is always the line in my head which pushes me to keep going forward. I am so glad that I made the right choice. Dancing with a group of people for months and a completed performance on stage was one of the best things I did in college.

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Korea Night 2013
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Korea Night 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was the treasurer and vice-president of Japanese Student Association, and yes, I am a Hong Kongese. I performed in Japan Nights with people that share the same interests. I am glad that Japanese Student Association is a club that welcomes everyone who are interested in Japanese culture. Putting up Japan Nights were great opportunities to learn about working with different people. The feeling of completing the shows with a group of officers altogether is the best feeling ever.

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Culture Shock 2013
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Japan Night 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College is definitely a place where you can find out more about yourself. Find a time to go explore other things outside of your academic life. Don’t just stay in your dorm room or apartment after you’re done studying because you are going to miss out on a lot of fun, irreplaceable experiences and memories that you would regret not having. Step out of your comfort zone! You never know who you will meet, what you will experience, but you will definitely learn something.

I am really lucky to have such a chance to study abroad in the United States. If I had to choose again, I will still come to OSU because it is such a nice, friendly place.

 

#beBEAVERBOLD. Do a little more every day and explore your own potential.
#beBEAVERBOLD. Thrive hard for what you desire, speak your voice, be visible, and be BOLD.

 

 

Author: Joyce Lam, Hong Kong
Student Events and Activities Center – Event Specialist
Computer Science, Senior
Japanese Student Association Vice-president(2013-2014), Treasurer(2012-2013)