Lakehead Celebrates Diverse, International Community March 16 - 20

(March 16, 2009 —Thunder Bay, ON) March 16 – 20 is a week-long celebration of culture and diversity at Lakehead University.  The entire Thunder Bay community is invited to participate in on-campus festivities that highlight both the differences and the similarities between people of separate nations and cultures.

China, India, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe are among the places from which students have come in order to attend Lakehead University.  Each of these students brings attitudes, goals, values, and way of living – culture – resulting in strength through diversity within our community. 
“Lakehead has approximately 130 international students from about 41 different countries,” says Tanka Awosika, International Student Advisor at Lakehead. “Lakehead is a multicultural place, where the expression of customs and culture is encouraged, and this week is about showcasing the diversity of the international community at Lakehead.”  Awosika was himself an international student at Lakehead, graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physics.  He has been working with Lakehead International as the International Student Advisor since May 2007.

International Days events include Opening Ceremonies featuring traditional dance of various places including Egypt, China, and Scotland; a public lecture by Political Science Assistant Professor Dr. Charles Conteh, former Sierra-Leone refugee; an NGO fair; a dance-a-thon; Bollywood Night with dinner and a movie; an international marketplace; a global taste testing event, and much more.  The full schedule of events is available at
Lakehead University values its international community, and is committed to fostering the skills of both its domestic and international scholars-in-training, providing personal mentoring by outstanding faculty, researchers, and staff.  Lakehead University values its people and the diversity of their ideas, contributions, and achievements, and International Days is a celebration to honor this diversity.


Media:  Tanka Awosika is available for media interviews. For more information contact Lisa Pelot, Communications Officer, at 343-8177, or

About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 7,900 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit


Last updated March 20, 2009

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