Hundreds of international high school and college students are expected to descend on the State Capitol March 28 for International Student Awareness Day.
State Senator Bernest Cain (D-Oklahoma City), who serves as the co-chair of the Special Joint Committee on International Development, said the event has been occurring for over a decade. He said in 2004 over 500 international high school and college students attended the event.
“International Student Awareness Day is a great opportunity to bring students, university, business and state officials together,” Cain said. “It gives those who attend the chance to learn about other cultures as well as share information about their own.”
The deadline to register is March 24 and the event is open to all international students currently enrolled in Oklahoma’s high schools, colleges and universities.
The event is sponsored by the Special Joint Committee on International Development, the Governor’s International Team and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.
Registration for the event begins at 8:30 a.m. in the south hallway of the fourth floor rotunda of the Capitol. There will be a meeting in the House Chamber at 10 a.m. and the event closes at 1:30 p.m. Food will be available on the second floor rotunda.
The event will feature free booths, entertainment and international cuisine. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with other international students, and network with state officials, university and business representatives. The Governor’s International Team will also have a passport booth available.
Rep. Shane Jett, (R-Tecumseh) is the event’s other co-chair.
“This will be an enriching experience that the international students will be able to take back with them to their respective home countries as a highlight of their time in Oklahoma and the United States,” Jett said.
To register go on-line at www.oksenate.gov.