KAMLOOPS – The three-day celebration of culture that is International Days (IDays) returns with in-person events at Thompson Rivers University (TRU), March 8 – 10.
Through keynote speakers, workshops, live performances, fashion shows and food, IDays brings the world and its perspectives to enrich campus and the community.
Activities run throughout the day into the evening. There is something for everyone, and anyone who wants to attend is welcome. TRU Vice-President International Baihua Chadwick officiates at the IDays opening ceremony on Wed., March 8 at 10:30 a.m.
Event schedule: https://idays2023.sched.com/
IDays would not be possible without the participation and involvement of the students, faculty and staff. It is also the event to kickstart TRU World’s 40th anniversary. The international community is an integral part of TRU and Kamloops; students from more than 100 countries and regions attend TRU and the university has long been a leader in international higher education.
IDays hasn’t been held since 2020, when it was cancelled due to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic. As such, the event’s return underscores the importance of gathering to foster understanding and togetherness.
“To celebrate diversity is to recognize the beauty in our differences and the unity in our humanity. IDays at TRU is a vibrant celebration that brings together people from different backgrounds, cultures and perspectives, fostering a sense of community, inclusivity, curiosity and sustainability. It is a reminder that we are all connected and that our differences should be celebrated, not feared,” said international student Kulraj Singh Sandhu.
The capstone event of IDays is the colourful, exciting and highly anticipated showcase featuring a fashion show, food festival, educational booths, singing, dancing and performances by members of the TRU and Kamloops communities. As an outlet for creativity, expression and learning, it is an event widely embraced by people of all ages.
“IDays is an opportunity to celebrate connection and community in song, dance, food and constant learning. This is our first IDays since the world stayed home in 2020 and we hope it provides the TRU and Kamloops communities with the chance to come together in song, dance, celebration and culture,” said Reuben Onyango, associate director of international student services.
Michelle Nordstrom, Senior Communications Consultant
Strategic Communications, TRU University Relations
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