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WSSU to celebrate International Education Week virtually

WSSU Office of International Programs to host virtual events during International Education Week, Nov. 16-20. 

Winston-Salem State University’s Office of International Programs (OIP) will be celebrating International Education Week virtually this year. The nationally recognized celebration to bring awareness to the benefits of international education worldwide will take place Nov. 16 through 20. OIP will be hosting virtual events throughout the week to celebrate the art, culture, and perspectives of its international students and partners.

“This is our effort to stay connected with our students and global partners amid COVID-19,” says James Pope, interim director of OIP and associate professor and program coordinator of Africana Studies. “Offering the events virtually allows our campus community and friends to celebrate with us from anywhere in the world.”

Prior to the pandemic, OIP’s International Education week included an array of in-person activities. This year, the week’s virtual events include alumni spotlights, faculty presentations and film discussions.

Here's a sample of the programming for International Education Week. For a full list and registration information, visit OIP's International Education Week website.

  • Alumni Spotlight with Sloan Holmes: Sloane Holmes, a native of Lexington, N.C, graduated from WSSU in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Sloane has been an advocate for study abroad, especially within the black community. She worked in global supply chain and strategic sourcing in the consumer goods industry for five and a half year. Holmes is now a full-time blogger, entrepreneur and nomad – traveling through Mexico. 
  • Stylin' & Profilin': A Human Rights Perspective on Black Women's Beauty and Reproductive Health: This session will explore questions around the intersectional relationship between human rights, reproductive justice, and the cost of beauty, paying specific attention to the disproportionate impact of negative consequences on Africana women. 
  • Africana Reflections on Lovecaft Country: Centering on the recently ended first season of Lovecraft Country, this session will explore transnational ideas around magic, Afrofuturism, religion/spirituality, race, gender, sexuality.

For more information on the week’s events, contact the WSSU Office of International Programs at 336-750-3345 or email:

About Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem State University fosters the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character needed to transform the world. Rooted in liberal education, WSSU’s curriculum prepares students to be thought leaders who have the skills and knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. Founded in 1892, WSSU is a historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina with a rich tradition of contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of North Carolina, the region and beyond. Guided by the by the motto, “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” WSSU develops leaders who advance social justice by serving the world with compassion and commitment.

About International Education Week
International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

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