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Marshall kicks off cultural immersion series

May. 01, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University's Office of Multicultural Affairs is pitching in to help faculty, staff and students prepare for the arrival of up to 150 international students in August through INTO University Partners, an international recruiting firm.

On Tuesday, the department hosted the first in a series of cultural immersion workshops featuring the Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre from New Zealand.

Shari Clarke, vice president of Multicultural Affairs at Marshall, said the workshop series provides awareness, education and an understanding of other cultures.

"We want to be sure the staff, faculty and student body are ready to welcome them (in the fall)," Clarke said.

Clarke said that future sessions will focus on African countries, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, eastern Europe and Turkey. No schedule has been set, but she said they are planning summer events.

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