Celebrate diversity during fourth annual Intercultural Week

More than 40 events to take place at Sask Polytech campuses between March 19 and 22

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is a diverse community with students, faculty and staff coming from all around the world. Intercultural Week, running March 19-22, is an opportunity to learn from one another and share stories in the hopes of finding common ground and developing a deeper understanding of each other.

At Sask Polytech, our diversity is our strength, nurturing new ideas and shaping how we learn and grow. In 2017-18, Sask Polytech welcomed more than 700 international students and more than 3,500 Indigenous students to our campuses and these numbers are growingly steadily each year. Our diverse student population comes together in the classroom to nurture new ideas, and adds new dimensions to what and how we learn.

“Cultural diversity is one of our institution’s greatest strengths. Intercultural week is designed to foster inclusion and celebrate the many cultures that are a part of our Sask Polytech community,” says Tobi Strohan, associate vice-president of Student Services. “This week of celebration helps facilitate the transfer of knowledge and experiences among the diverse people who come to Sask Polytech to study and to work.”

With more than 40 events scheduled to take place throughout the week, participants will be given the opportunity to learn about different cultures. Events include meals, keynote talks, film festivals, dances, and more. Come celebrate diversity within Sask Polytech!

To find out more about Intercultural Week, or to find out what’s happening on your campus, please visit: saskpolytech.ca/intercultural-week.

Throughout the year Sask Polytech has supports in place for our international and Indigenous students. Intercultural Services provides support and guidance to newcomers (permanent residents) and international students. These services include supporting the transition to Canadian culture, culturally responsive counselling support and student success workshops. Indigenous Student Services provides Indigenous students with a variety of services to enhance their student experience and remove barriers to success. Some of these services include a summer transition program, access to the Indigenous Students’ centres and elders and financial support through scholarships and bursaries.