Cultural Exchange Network (CENet) President Hannah Taylor spent all 4 years of her time at NC State with the organization. She is graduating this May with dual degrees in French and International Studies, concentrating on Global Sustainability and Development. She also completed and received the Global Perspectives Certificate.
“I learned so much about culture and cultural interactions during my four years of CENet,” Taylor said. “I improved my cross-cultural competency, my organizational and leadership skills, as well as communication and public speaking. Working with CENet encouraged me to reflect on my own background, culture, and understanding of my own identity and cultural experiences.”
Read more about her global learning and experiences in her final certificate portfolio.
Congratulations Hannah and thanks for all of your hard work and contributions over the years! We’re looking forward to seeing the great things you’ll do in the future!
Could you hear the banging of drums in the background while walking around campus this week? The Nile Project artists have been in residence at NC State March 15 through 21 to offer a number of performances, discussions and cultural events. Much more than just a band, The Nile Project is a unique cross-cultural collaboration that brings artists from 11 countries together to create a unified new sound and to ignite social justice.
The artists represent the 12 Nile River Basin countries, and their collaboration represents the international sharing of resources–in this case, the Nile River.
In addition to NileFEST,a free outdoor festival that took place in Stafford Commons on main campus Tuesday afternoon, the artists have participated in events organized by the Water Resources Research Intitute of the UNC Stystem (WRRI), the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative at NC State Institute for Nonprofits, NC State Global and Arts Villages, NC State International Affairs, the African American Cultural Center and the Price Music Center to bring awareness to cultural, political and environmental issues.
The Global Training Initiative, in collaboration with the Office of International Services and the US Center for Refugees and Immigrants hosted an event focused on the emigration of Eritreans around the world. Our event showcased Chris Cotter’s documentary Refugee: Eritrean Exodus and journalist Dan Connell, who has spent much of the past couple decades studying the area and tracking the migration of Eritrean refugees. The Nile Project, which features several musicians from Eritrea, also shared a live performance with our audience.
Perhaps one of the most relaxed events of the week was the Music and Dance Workshop for NC State Students hosted by NC State Global and Arts Villages. Students formed a circle with the musicians and learned to play the actual drums used in The Nile Project performances.
On Saturday, the musicians hosted a day-long retreat focused on developing leadership skills and addressing NC’s environmental challenges.
NC State LIVE brings international artists to campus each semester. Watch their calendar for future cultural highlights from around the world!
Unfortunately NC State Men’s Basketball team didn’t make it to the NCAA Championship Series, but “March Madness” presses on!
Stay engaged in the next 3 weeks of college basketball by filling out a bracket and picking the champion! Prizes will be awarded to the top 5 CENet competitors!
There was a beautiful sunset and view of downtown Raleigh on Wednesday night from The Terrace Restaurant at Lonnie Poole. Twenty SKEMA and NC State students joined NC State chefs from campus dining halls and restaurants for a cooking demonstration of US southern cuisine including collard greens, grits, hush puppies, pimento cheese, fish and chicken gumbo. Students had the opportunity to taste a variety of dishes and learn how to prepare some of these southern comfort foods. In addition to learning about American cuisine, the chefs educated the group about the influence of French Culinary Science on the trade around the world.
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Since our Cultural Karaoke event was postponed due to inclement weather (stay tuned for a new date!), CENet’s first social activity of the semester was Speed Friending. On Tuesday night, more than 30 NC State and SKEMA students came together to meet some new faces on campus.
Upon arrival, students created a personal identity map to help start conversations with other attendees. After 90 minutes of 4-minute introductions, new friends shared pizza and contact information.
Interested to join CENet to watch the Men’s basketball game at Duke on Monday night? Register to join our watch party at Sammy’s Tap & Grill: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ncsu-at-duke-mens-basketball-watch-party-tickets-30223293685.