A couple of weeks ago, USC’s Graduate Student Government (GSG) hosted the third annual International Student Appreciation Week (ISAW) on both the University Park Campus and the Health Sciences Campus. Originally established as a response to the travel ban in 2017 (Executive Order 13769), ISAW is a joint initiative between the Vice President of Advocacy and Vice President of Programming to demonstrate appreciation for the international population of the Trojan Family.
This year, five events took place across five days, each highlighting something fresh and different. GSG hosted a #heretostay campaign kick-off, a World Fair with different cuisines and resources on display, a Lunch and Tell featuring students sharing where they’re from, an International Film Night showing Three Idiots, and finally, a speed-friending trivia event to cap it all off.
It’s been critical to highlight this specific population for the rest of the students, faculty, and students. International students represent almost a quarter of USC’s total student body. They represent an even bigger fraction if we’re just looking at graduate students! It’s important to keep in mind that they face unique challenges here, especially if they don’t already share the same culture or language. Let’s always try to show our support and appreciation for all members of the Trojan Family!
Published on February 19th, 2020
Last updated on April 1st, 2021