College and university students from around the world are welcomed at International Student Day

Article by: CCAC Public Relations
PITTSBURGH—Hundreds of students from all over the globe who are attending 10 area colleges and universities are being warmly welcomed to the region today. International Student Day, held at the William Pitt Union on the University of Pittsburgh campus, is designed to connect foreign students with their communities and acquaint them with all that Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have to offer. Attendees will learn about local organizations and services, as well as shopping, transportation, cultural and sports activities—even how to wave a Terrible Towel and eat a Primanti’s sandwich.

A panel of international students will share their impressions of living and studying in the region, along with their experiences as newly arrived students dealing with culture shock. Dignitaries speaking at the event include Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus and Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman. Other dignitaries in attendance include CCAC President Dr. Quintin Bullock.

“The history of Allegheny County is a history of immigrants. Since its formation in 1788, our region has always been a place where people moved for opportunity. Today, we continue to be a region where opportunities abound for those who seize the chance, and that’s what these students are doing,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “To those students: We want you to be at home here. We want to be a place that continues to build bridges. We welcome your traditions and beliefs, your dreams and ideas, and your culture and experiences. In Allegheny County, we welcome you all.”

The idea for International Student Day came from students involved with Pittsburgh Student Government Council (PSGC) in an effort to help fellow international students understand that Pittsburgh is an accessible city with many opportunities for personal advancement and cultural enrichment. Spearheaded by PSGC former president David Gau, University of Pittsburgh, and PSGC advisor Chuck Bell, CCAC, the event is two years in the making and is the first of its kind.

“Today’s inaugural event is unique in the United States, as an entire city is welcoming students from 10 world-class institutions,” said Bell.

In addition to CCAC and the University of Pittsburgh, sponsors include: Allegheny County, City of Pittsburgh, City of Pittsburgh Office of the Mayor, Pittsburgh Student Government Council, Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE), World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, VisitPITTSBURGH, 90.5 WESA, GlobalPittsburgh, Global Ties U.S., Pittsburgh International Airport, Vibrant Pittsburgh, Welcoming Pittsburgh and Bike Pittsburgh.

For more information, visit Pittsburghwelcomes.eventbrite.com.