Last week was One World Week, a week to bring together the work of One Brunel throughout 2018/19. For those that don't know, One Brunel is the campaign from the Union of Brunel Students to celebrate the diverse nature of our students. Brunel has a community made up of people from over 130 different countries.
The week started off with our Shisha Café on the Quad during Monday Evening and then the action moved to the International Movie Night in Broosters where we screened "Crazy Rich Asians" (Chu, 2018), the story of culture and family in Modern Singapore.
On Tuesday, Team Brunel's Netball hosted the Dodgeball Tournament with over 100 people taking part in order to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and we also worked with the Professional Development Centre to organise an International Opportunities Fayre for all students.
Finally, to round off Tuesday, we had our usual Karaoke Night before the end of Term 2 - but with a twist! International Karaoke and £2 Tuesdays saw performances from around the world in our Loco's Bar.
In the day on Wednesday, we held our Language Café with the Brunel Language Centre, which saw students try Mandarin, Japanese, Portuguese and Arabic! In the evening, we held our FIFA World Cup tournament which saw students battle it out to see who had the strongest thumbs and the sharpest minds to be crowned the winner. That winner was none other than Nathan O'Toole from Brunel Snow Club who went away with the trophy.
Thursday was our Culture Carnival in the Hamilton Atrium following some pretty horrendous April Showers that made the Quad a tad damp. The rain didn't dampen our spirits though with music from Jon Blower, Hair Braiding and a Photobooth all day until the Latin & Bollywood Night in Loco's until the early morning!
Finally, it was Friday! We celebrated the end of the week with our Futsal Tournament in the Sports Centre which saw teams go head to head. What better way to precede the Easter MegaGlobal and the end of Term 2 at Brunel?
Om Sai Jaman Jyothi, International Students Officer said "Being the international officer of the 4th most diverse university in the UK, we want to show the incoming students that no matter what race, religion or country you come from Brunel welcomes everyone! Bringing back One World Week for 2019 after 2 years just shows how much Brunel empowers all students to embrace culture, diversity and traditions to better understand the rich community we have on our doorstep."
and Black, Minority and Ethnic (BME) Students Officer, Iqbal Miah, also noted that “As the current BME officer co-leading the One World Week celebrations with the international officer. I am proud to see so many diverse individuals engaged in a campaign celebrating culture and diversity. The events put on throughout the week each had their own unique experiences whilst enabling the individual to understand each other’s perspectives whilst enriching in togetherness.”
We'd like to send a big thank you to all the students who took part and volunteered during One World Week, including the Netball and Futsal Teams and the staff at the University including the PDC (Professional Development Centre) and the Brunel Language Centre. We're looking forward to students taking part in more activity in Term 3 and the future One Brunel Campaign in 2019/20!