The UNM Global Education Office (GEO) is seeking applicants to participate in the 2017 International Festival on Thursday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held on UNM’s main campus at the Cornell Mall east of the Student Union Building.

GEO is seeking participation from student groups, community groups, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors and musical and artistic performers. Applications must be submitted online by Thursday, March 30.

"The Global Education Office’s annual International Festival is a special opportunity for everyone in the UNM and Albuquerque community to come together to experience a taste of the world in one place on one day,” said Pablo Torres, director of international recruitment and admissions. “We are proud of our students from every corner of the world—near and far, who contribute greatly to the community."

This academic year, UNM is home to students and scholars from over 100 countries. International students and scholars are encouraged to share their culture through traditional clothing, food, music and crafts from their country of origin. The festival is an opportunity to highlight the global community at UNM and around Albuquerque in order to inspire greater cross-cultural awareness and understanding. 

“I am very excited about the upcoming International Festival because a lot of international students are concerned about the situation around the United States right now,” said Keegan Sutanto, UNM student from Indonesia. “This event makes me feel that we are welcome here, that we can contribute to this country by sharing our cultures. I believe that by inviting everybody to the festival, UNM creates the interaction between US citizens and international students which will promote understanding and acceptance.”

The event is free to attend and open to all members of the UNM and Albuquerque community. 

The International Festival is sponsored by the UNM Global Education Office produced in collaboration with ASUNM Student Special Events (SSE), UNM Food and KUNM.

For updates, follow GEO on Facebook or contact Danielle Gilliam, administrative officer with GEO, at 505-277-6051 or