On April 19, the Cal State San Bernardino Center for Global Management hosted the 2018 International Market on the Lower Commons Patio from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event allowed for various student organizations and local companies to come together in an environment that promoted cultural appreciation.
The International Market was also a partnership with CSUSB’s Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, Center for International Studies & Programs, Associated Students Incorporated, Coyote Radio, Cross Cultural Center, and the Recreation and Wellness Center.
Attendees were able to register online to get a free ticket for raffles held throughout the event. Once the registration process was completed, guests were then given a piece of paper where they could collect stamps from each table at the International Market. Those who filled out their papers with stamps were entered into a drawing for prizes based on locations around the world like China or Russia. One of the prizes even included a 500 dollar scholarship to study abroad.
Additionally, the first 100 people to check in at the Center for Global Management booth received a free Boba drink upon entry. Boba tea is a drink that originated in Taiwan in the 1980s, containing chewy tapioca balls and fruit jelly for an interesting texture. There were several flavors of the tea available for attendees to choose from, including milk and thai.
Other tables that were present at the International Market included Undergraduate Studies, Trinity Youth Services, Hub Plaza Dental Group and Orthodontics, Dignity Memorial, and Mary Kay cosmetics. Attendees could also get Henna tattoos done by a professional artist and purchase some tostilocos (a popular Mexican dish consisting of tortilla chips topped with cueritos, cucumber, jícama, lime juice, hot sauce, chile powder, and salt) courtesy of the Sigma Lambda Gamma Colony.
“We love participating in the International Market. This is actually our second year tabling at the event and [Sigma Lambda Gamma Colony] made it a commitment to do it annually,” said Jasleen Aguilar, representative of the sorority.
The 2018 International Market is part of CSUSB’s Sustainability Week which aims to build, operate, and nurture a healthier and more resilient community for the Cal State San Bernardino campuses.
“Here at the Center for Global Management, we do study abroad programs and we want to get people out there to promote a global mindset that the college of business is looking for, and the International Market is the perfect event to demonstrate that,” said student assistant Bianca Gallegos.
Last year, more than 300 people attended the International Market and the event proved to be just as successful this year with an estimated 500 guests throughout the day.
“I think it’s a little bit challenging sometimes for students to find opportunities to be exposed to different cultures, so hosting an event on campus is always the best way to promote more global awareness,” said Gallegos.