A week of international development

QIAA partners with campus clubs to host week-long event

International Foods Night hosted by QIAA on Monday night.

International Development Week (IDW) will offer students the opportunity to engage with global development clubs and initiatives at Queen’s.

Organized by the Queen’s International Affairs Association (QIAA), events will run from Feb. 4 to 9 under the overarching theme “Pathways to Progress.”

Although QIAA is facilitating all the events happening on campus during the week, most of the events will be hosted by clubs collaborating with the organization.

Kiana Baker-Sohn, ArtSci ’19, one of the co-directors of IDW, told The Journal in an interview that clubs can host whichever event they feel best showcases their mandate, as long as it relates to the theme of global development.

IDW has partnered with over 30 clubs to host the event week, and each day of activities is structured under a sub-theme.

On Monday, for Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, QIAA Outreach is hosting International Foods Night.

Kingston businesses will showcase foods from around the world, according to Samira Levesque, ArtSci ’20, another co-director of IDW. She said the restaurant business is an example of how other cultures can connect with entrepreneurship in Canada.

The highlights of Tuesday, themed Environment and Health, include Queen’s Doctors Without Borders chapter hosting a workshop on how to create your own sustainable beauty products. Queen’s Period has scheduled a tampon drive for Wednesday, and WaterAid is running a dodgeball tournament on Friday.

In addition, there will be club booths set up in the ARC throughout the week to promote different factions of the week-long events, and documentary screenings will occur all over campus followed by discussion periods.

“International development is such a huge term and it’s multi-faceted, so I think that in us breaking down each day with a specific theme or specific avenue, it does help conceptualize development,” Levesque said.

A full schedule of events can be found on IDW’s Facebook page.

“Even just going out to one event can be really cool,” Baker-Sohn said. “[I]t’s a way to see that it’s a lot of actors doing localized work that make up the greater whole.”


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