UH Hilo’s international students gathered Friday on the Library Lanai to share their countries—their achievements, characteristics, and challenges—and to get together as a community and highlight their presence on campus.
Each year the International Student Association at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo celebrates United Nations Day with an event highlighting the many different countries represented at the university. UH Hilo is home to about 250 international students from nearly 40 different countries around the globe. The campus event is intended to engage the campus community so they learn about these different countries around the world—their achievements, characteristics, and challenges—as well as to bring international students together as a community and highlight their presence on campus.
“Around the world, communities including UH Hilo celebrate United Nations Day to honor the United Nations organization, which promotes human rights, social progress, and world peace,” says Jim Mellon, executive director of UH Hilo’s Global and Intercultural Education Programs and director of International Student Services and Intercultural Education. “As of today, there are 193 member countries of the United Nations.”
This year’s event was held on Oct. 18 at the Mookini Library Lanai.
Photos by Raiatea Arcuri, a professional photographer majoring in business administration with a concentration in finance at UH Hilo.