On Saturday, September 9th, the Friends of Global Cleveland hosted the first InterCLE, a huge welcome event for international students attending universities in the Greater Cleveland area. Over 500 students from 12 northeast Ohio colleges and universities, including Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, and Kent State University were in attendance. The event was held at the Global Center for Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland.
Mario pictured here with Angel Galvan, Margaret Wong, and Olivia Ortega at InterCLE
The program featured Hula, K-Pop, gymnastics and dance performances, as well as a Global Map Walk project (literally walking on top of giant maps to better understand geography by Professor Stephen Cory from Cleveland State University. The speakers at the event were Mayor Frank Jackson, Senator Sherrod Brown, Friends of Global Cleveland President Yulu Li, Radhika Reddy, Dr Nizar Zein, Aram Nerpouni, and Margaret Wong. Each of the speakers expressed their happiness at seeing all of the international students at the event, their own initial impressions of Cleveland advice on how to succeed, and their excitement for the growth of a diverse population and the variety of cultures that reside in northeast Ohio.
As an immigrant and a former international student, Mario was excited to be part of the atmosphere of culturally-rich potential that dominated the event. He and Eva enjoyed conversing with board members of the Friends of Global Cleveland, as well as Joe Cimperman, President of Global Cleveland. They are excited for their partnership to continue to flourish and to support Global Cleveland in their upcoming endeavors.