A special Thanksgiving dinner will launch Global Neighbors, a new program designed to develop cross-cultural relationships with Miami University's nearly 1,000 international students and Oxford residents. The office of international education (OIE) and COSEP: Global Friendships invites the Miami community to participate in the dinner to be held 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Talawanda Middle School.
Throughout the upcoming year, Global Neighbors will host several programs and events for international students and Oxford residents to share cultural experiences. The Thanksgiving dinner is the first signature event of the newly created program.
“This event is the beginning of a community bond between Miami’s international student population and Oxford residents that embodies inclusion, curiosity and mutual respect,” said Stephanie Stauber, international student adviser.
Organizers are asking for assistance from community members in preparing a homemade dish for the Thanksgiving Dinner. Preparing a dish is completely voluntary. Contact Jennifer Ward, OIE program coordinator, Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org, for reservations and more information.
In addition to the dinner, Global Neighbors introduces Friendship Match, in which
Miami’s international students are matched with Oxford community members to engage in informal social activities such as sharing meals, attending a cultural or sporting event, going out for coffee or tea, enjoying a sightseeing trip, and celebrating a holiday.
Participants who do not want to commit to a Friendship Match may partake in the Global Neighbors signature events to enjoy food and fellowship with the Global Neighbors community once per semester — Thanksgiving dinner in the fall, and a picnic in the spring.