WWU Students Celebrate International Diversity

William Woods University students brought artistic life to International Education Week recently by competing in a flag and essay contest.


Participants each chose one of the countries represented on the WWU campus and created that nation’s national flag and wrote a one-page paper relating to the country.International Flags


Kristina Richards of Dexter, Maine, was awarded first place and a $30 gift card for her flag of England. Angela Dudley of Fulton, Mo., received second place, movie passes and a WWU mug for her flag of Spain. Kayla Dildine of Foley, Mo., was awarded third place and a Woods t-shirt for her flag of Australia. The flags were displayed in the Academic Building during International Education Week.


According to Tara Deierling, WWU registrar and co-sponsor of the contest, International Education Week is a great way “to recognize our international student population and try to gain from the diversity they bring to campus.”


International Education Week is joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. It is part of efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.


WWU has celebrated International Education Week in some way for the past five years. This year, “We wanted to find a new way to recognize International Education Week that would encourage students to learn something about the countries of our current international students,” Deierling said.                                                          


William Woods currently has 53 international students, representing 17 countries (Australia, Canada, China, Ecuador, United Kingdom, India, Jamaica , Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Republic of Georgia, Russia, South Africa, Spain, St. Lucia and Taiwan). 


CUTLINE: Among the flags created by William Woods University students for International Education Week campus are, left to right, top row, Australia (third place), United Kingdom, Spain (second place), and bottom row, Mexico, Philippines, Russia and England (first place).