Drums, food and a variety of market items filled McKinnon Hall at Elon University on Monday night.
The West African Market is one of many events that make up International Education Week, 2012. The week of events is sponsored by Isabella Cannon Global Education Center. This year's region of focus is West Africa.
Beth Roberts. a 2007 Elon alumni, spoke on the opening day of International Week. Roberts worked for the Peace Corps in Mali for 21 months before she had to leave because of the coup that occurred in the country. She now works for the Millenium Challenge Corporation. Roberts said that her time with peace corps prepared her for her career at MCC.
Throughout the week, Aramark is working with the Isabella Cannon Center and providing daily West African lunch entrees in McEwen dinning hall and a West African dinner on Thursday evening in Colonnades.
The Isabella Cannon Center, or ICC, is collaborating with nine other organizations in addition to Aramark, including Elon African Society, Belk library and Student Activities.
An art exhibit will take place throughout the week in the ICC. Another week-long event is the campus-wide scavenger hunt. The Belk library will also have books about the region located on the first floor. Other events planned include fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, music performances and discussions.
International Education Week, which lasts from Nov. 12 - Nov. 16, is promoted by the U.S. Dept. of State and the U.S. Dept. of Education.
Students and community members can find out more about the events, along with thier time and location, on Isabella Cannon Center's website.