Amherst College Center for International Student Engagement

Amherst College Center for International Student Engagement The Center for International Student Engagement (CISE) is a space to build community, unpack global experiences, find support, and feel at home. Swing by!

Meet Sonakshi (@sonakshi_dua) in today's #CISEStaffSaturday feature!  She says, "I am a Junior (Class of 2021) majoring ...
04/25/2020

Meet Sonakshi (@sonakshi_dua) in today's #CISEStaffSaturday feature! She says, "I am a Junior (Class of 2021) majoring in Math and Political Science. I am usually hanging out at Val long after it has closed, playing football with Women's Club Soccer, or at debate practice. At CISE, I'm currently working on a discussion program focused on class dynamics at Amherst and beyond."
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[Photo Description: An overhead picture of a Polaroid-style photo on a table. In the photo, Sonakshi, a young woman with black hair and tan skin is wearing a plaid-patterned white shirt and glasses. She smiles and makes a "thumbs-up" gesture in the direction of the camera.]

In celebration of Earth Day with @sustainable_amherst, we present a handful of poems that illustrate the connections we ...
04/22/2020

In celebration of Earth Day with @sustainable_amherst, we present a handful of poems that illustrate the connections we have with the Earth around us. The Earth and its wonders both big and small have have inspired writers and artists to engage deeply with what it means to be human in cultures all around the globe. Scroll through for poetic reflections from Ai Qing (I Love This Land, trans. from Chinese by Marilyn Chin), Vanita (Recollections, trans. from Punjabi by poet), and Rofel G. Brion (I Look For You, trans. from Tagalog by poet).

What are you doing to celebrate #AmherstEarthDay?
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[Edited & Reposted to correct a typo.]
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Image descriptions: Each image contains a poem and its English translation. Translated poems are available in the alt text of each image.

Happy #CISEStaffSaturday! Today we're highlighting Arzoo (Class of 2022, @arzoorajpar), who shares, "I am a sophomore fr...
04/18/2020

Happy #CISEStaffSaturday! Today we're highlighting Arzoo (Class of 2022, @arzoorajpar), who shares, "I am a sophomore from Dar es Salaam Tanzania, double majoring in architectural studies, mathematics and pursuing a certificate in African Studies. I am literally obsessed with anything artistic and my favourite place in the whole world is the Indian Ocean. As a Program Coordinator at the CISE I am interested in highlighting the various perspectives and insights that International Students bring to our campus."
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Photo Description: An overhead picture of a Polaroid-style photo on a table. In the photo, Arzoo, a young woman with black hair and tan skin is wearing a dark shirt and colorful hoop earrings. She smiles in the direction of the camera, and behind her are a glass door and windows.

Sirig (class of 2021, @sirigurung) is today's star of #CISEStaffSaturday! He says, "I am a Junior Math and Econ major fr...
04/11/2020

Sirig (class of 2021, @sirigurung) is today's star of #CISEStaffSaturday! He says, "I am a Junior Math and Econ major from Kathmandu, Nepal and I work as a program coordinator *?* at the CISE. My academic interests lie in the fields of development economics and empirical research. I cook and read in my free time, and am busy eating otherwise. A fun fact about me is that I ate 45 momos in one sitting when I was a kid. I like to think that that's my biggest accomplishment to date."

Photo Description: A picture of a Polaroid-style photo on a table. In the photo, Sirig, a young man with black hair and tan skin is wearing a dark shirt and glasses. He rests his head on his hand and smiles in the direction of the camera.

The CISE presents #MusicMonday with its first weekly Playlist titled "Afro-Wave Amherst" highlighting music and artists ...
04/06/2020

The CISE presents #MusicMonday with its first weekly Playlist titled "Afro-Wave Amherst" highlighting music and artists from the African continent that have been popular amongst International students lately.

You can find this playlist on Spotify through the link in our bio!

Stay tuned for our upcoming playlists highlighting different regions of the world where our International Students come from!

#MusicMonday #CISEPlaylist

The CISE would like to present its first weekly Playlist titled "Afro-Wave Amherst" highlighting music and artists from ...
04/05/2020

The CISE would like to present its first weekly Playlist titled "Afro-Wave Amherst" highlighting music and artists from the African continent that have been popular amongst International students lately.

You can find this playlist on Spotify under the title "Afro-Wave Amherst" compiled by AC CISE.

Stay tuned for our coming playlists highlighting different regions of the world where our International Students come from!

#ciseplaylist

Today's #CISEStaffSaturday features one of our new staff members this semester, Jenny (Class of 2022, @jenny.yeojin)! Sh...
04/04/2020

Today's #CISEStaffSaturday features one of our new staff members this semester, Jenny (Class of 2022, @jenny.yeojin)! She shares,
"I'm a sophomore from South Korea potentially double majoring in Neuroscience and Economics. In the CISE, I'm currently working on a project centered on queerness in and outside of the US, and open to any and all projects related to resource accessibility, mental health, and professional development in an international context. As for interests, I love making music, and I've always been a huge supporter of startups and entrepreneurship. I'm always looking for people to sing with me!"
Photo Description: An overhead picture of a Polaroid-style photo. The young woman wearing a dark shirt in the photo has dark hair, light skin, and is smiling. Behind her is a window and door.

Happy #CISEStaffSaturday! Today we're learning about Memo (Class of 2022) Hailing from the tropical, green valleys of Ca...
03/28/2020

Happy #CISEStaffSaturday! Today we're learning about Memo (Class of 2022)

Hailing from the tropical, green valleys of Caracas, Venezuela, the gregarious Memo is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science and Asian Languages and Civilizations. He is passionate about music and intercultural understanding, and in his free time he enjoys singing with the Amherst College Zumbyes and going for walks in the bike trail. Fun (ish) fact about Memo: he is solid at whistling.

Photo Description: An overhead picture of a Polaroid-style photo. The young man wearing a grey shirt and glasses in the photo has dark hair, light skin, and is smiling slightly. Behind him is a window and door.

Amherst College Center for International Student Engagement's cover photo
03/27/2020

Amherst College Center for International Student Engagement's cover photo

For #waybackwednesday we're hopping back to last semester's Families of Choice luncheon, hosted in collaboration with th...
03/25/2020

For #waybackwednesday we're hopping back to last semester's Families of Choice luncheon, hosted in collaboration with the Queer Resource Center and the Center for Diversity and Student Leadership!

The people who have come into our lives as family are a huge part of our global support networks. How are you sending love to your family today? How have you received familial love recently? Let's celebrate those bonds in these challenging times!
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[Photo Descriptions: several photos of students seated at tables, eating and talking amongst themselves in the Ford Hall event space. One photo is of a buffet setup, where students line either side of a table to serve themselves from catering trays.] @ Amherst College

We are so sorry to announce that this evening's Coronavirus Support Session (originally scheduled for 6pm in McCaffrey R...
03/12/2020

We are so sorry to announce that this evening's Coronavirus Support Session (originally scheduled for 6pm in McCaffrey Room) has been cancelled following COVID-19-related updates to campus policy. The goals and intention of the session, unfortunately, cannot be reached in a virtual setting. Please email [email protected] with any questions.
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Come by the CISE to get your documents signed and ready for travel! We are offering extended travel signature & drop-in ...
03/11/2020

Come by the CISE to get your documents signed and ready for travel! We are offering extended travel signature & drop-in advising times this week on Thursday (10am-12pm) and Friday (9am-11am). Feel free to bring your questions and concerns (and your I-20s/DS-2019s) to the CISE soon this week!

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Please swing by the CISE today from 12pm-2pm to connect with fellow international students and with the CISE team about ...
03/10/2020

Please swing by the CISE today from 12pm-2pm to connect with fellow international students and with the CISE team about our campus's COVID-19 major changes. We will share the information that we have so far, answer questions about your F-1/J-1 visa status, and would greatly appreciate hearing from you, too. (Bonus: there will be pizza! 🍕) Any questions that we are unable to answer today will be shared with the College for further exploration.
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It's the return of #CISEStaffSaturday, where you can learn more about the friendly faces behind our Front Desk. Today we...
03/07/2020

It's the return of #CISEStaffSaturday, where you can learn more about the friendly faces behind our Front Desk. Today we're highlighting Ariana (class of 2020)! She says, "I am a senior from Beijing, China and majoring in History. I am involved in the Asian Students Association on campus, and love watching films and TV shows during my spare time. One of my favorite shows right now is The Good Doctor on Hulu."

Swing by the CISE to meet our staff and get to know them better! #CISEStudentStaff #CISE #AmherstCollege

The Ashendiye Ashenda Holiday in Tigray is a three day celebration of women and young girls. It takes place after the 16...
03/07/2020

The Ashendiye Ashenda Holiday in Tigray is a three day celebration of women and young girls. It takes place after the 16 day fast for the Inception of Mary.

A trademark of this event is the way women braid their hair, which is distinct to this community. Unlike other holidays and festivals in Ethiopia, this celebration is all about women and having fun. The festival is set up as a contest and throughout the three days women dance, sing and express their culture. A distinct characteristic of the way women dress during this celebration is the incorporation of tall blades of grass tied on to their waist as a form of decoration. Ethiopian women focus on representing the roots of their culture through this event, and carry themselves with great confidence and poise.

Photographer: Copelaf
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#aciwd #eachforequal #ethiopianwomen #AmherstCISE #ashenda
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Photo Description: A group of young Ethiopian girls smiling at the camera. Their hair is braided in a traditional style characteristic of the Ashenda celebration and they are wearing traditional clothing and jewelry.

The Purépecha women of Michoacan, Mexico have played a historically integral role in the their communities. Like many ot...
03/06/2020

The Purépecha women of Michoacan, Mexico have played a historically integral role in the their communities. Like many other indigenous groups in Mexico, elaborately embroidered clothing and folk dance are important to the way in which they tell folk tories, and empower themselves indigenous people under an oppressive national government. Ince 1983, the Purépecha have revived an ancient ceremony called the “New Fire,” in which they tend to a fire for 12 months explicitly as a way to preserve precolonial identity. Essential to the ceremony are the elder women who lead the celebration in a march through different villages.

In keeping with this tradition, Purépecha women of the village of Chern organized an uprising that uprooted the corrupt local government and eventually blockaded and chazed out the cartel-supported, armed illegal loggers that had been decimating the local forezt. Ince then, the Purépecha in the village have been elf-governed and elected many of the leaders of the uprising, including new councilwoman Patricia Hernandez.
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Photographer: Joanna García Cherán
Location: Michoacan, Mexico
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#aciwd #eachforequal #AmherstCISE
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Photo description: Three Purépecha women in traditional clothing stand in a busy plaza and burn copal and tree resin in order to lead the way in the march to the next village during the “New Fire” ceremony

Once a way of reflecting a woman’s economic and marital status to her village or district, traditional Palestinian costu...
03/04/2020

Once a way of reflecting a woman’s economic and marital status to her village or district, traditional Palestinian costumes have since evolved from individual village styles to a distinct, identifiable “Palestinian” style. Drawing from a long history of participating in resistance movements in the Levant, Palestinian women have used clothing as a form of empowerment for their communities.

After the 1948 exodus of Palestinian Arabs, Palestinian women used embroidery in refugee camps as a source of income. This caused new styles to begin to appear in the 1960s, such as the "six-branched dress”— named after the six wide bands of embroidery running down from the waist.
Palestinian embroidery continues to be a source of empowerment for women, with fashion designers like New York-based Suzy Tamimi using older, indigenous Palestinian embroidery in contemporary designs.

Photographer: Oren Ziv

Location: Ramle, Israel
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#aciwd #eachforequal #palestinianwoman #AmherstCISE
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Photo Description: A young Palestinian woman smiles and wears a traditional multicolored red, black, and magenta “thoub” dress and a black hijab.

Masaai women are known for embracing their shaved heads and for their colorful and intricate jewelry. Although Masaai wo...
03/03/2020

Masaai women are known for embracing their shaved heads and for their colorful and intricate jewelry. Although Masaai women are born and raised in very patriarchal communities, they play perhaps the most integral roles in Masaai societies. Masaai women, known for their striking features and strength are tasked with building homes for their families and raising children, usually the future leaders of the community.

Although Masaai women do undergo great struggle due to gender roles within their communities;, they are a symbol of strength for many in Tanzania and Kenya. The shaved hairstyles of Masaai women demonstrate tremendous confidence and stray away from conventional Western standards of beauty. The beauty of a Masaai women is found through their ability to serve their community and play the role of pillars in this society.

Photographer: Jimmy Nelson, 2015
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#aciwd #eachforequal #masaaiwoman #AmherstCISE
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Photo description: Two Masaai women sharing an embrace. The younger women looks to her right while the elderly woman looks at the camera.

APPLY FOR OPT TODAY! Remember, the USCIS is taking 3-5 months to process OPT applications, so it's a good idea to submit...
02/25/2020

APPLY FOR OPT TODAY! Remember, the USCIS is taking 3-5 months to process OPT applications, so it's a good idea to submit your application as early as possible. This is the last week that OPT Application Workshops will be held -- RSVP for one today to get your application started! (http://bit.ly/CISE-OPT-RSVP)
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Photo description: Countdown showing 5 days until seniors can apply for OPT.
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Advising hours in the CISE are cancelled tomorrow (Tuesday, February 25) morning. Please swing during for advising hours...
02/24/2020

Advising hours in the CISE are cancelled tomorrow (Tuesday, February 25) morning. Please swing during for advising hours another day to talk with us, or send us an email with your questions. We apologize for any inconvenience. (If you're looking to apply for OPT or have OPT-related questions, swing by the OPT Workshop on 2/25 at 4pm in McCaffrey!)
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Only 1 day until seniors can submit their OPT applications!  Remember, the USCIS is taking 3-5 months to process OPT app...
02/24/2020

Only 1 day until seniors can submit their OPT applications! Remember, the USCIS is taking 3-5 months to process OPT applications, so it's a good idea to prepare your documents in advance. Seniors, apply as early as 2/25 -- TOMORROW. Sophomores + Juniors, you are eligible to apply now. RSVP for an OPT Application Workshop at and get your applications started this week! (http://bit.ly/CISE-OPT-RSVP)
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Photo description: Countdown showing 1 days until seniors can apply for OPT.
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Only 2 days until seniors can submit their OPT applications!  Remember, the USCIS is taking 3-5 months to process OPT ap...
02/23/2020

Only 2 days until seniors can submit their OPT applications! Remember, the USCIS is taking 3-5 months to process OPT applications, so it's a good idea to prepare your documents in advance. Seniors, apply as early as 2/25. Sophomores + Juniors, you are eligible to apply now. RSVP for an OPT Application Workshop at and get your applications started this week! (http://bit.ly/CISE-OPT-RSVP)
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Photo description: Countdown showing 2 days until seniors can apply for OPT.
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Only 3 days until seniors can submit their OPT applications!  Remember, the USCIS is taking 3-5 months to process OPT ap...
02/22/2020

Only 3 days until seniors can submit their OPT applications! Remember, the USCIS is taking 3-5 months to process OPT applications, so it's a good idea to prepare your documents in advance. Seniors, apply as early as 2/25. Sophomores + Juniors, you are eligible to apply now. RSVP for an OPT Application Workshop at and get your applications started this week! (http://bit.ly/CISE-OPT-RSVP)
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Photo description: Countdown showing 3 days until seniors can apply for OPT.
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02/21/2020

The theme of this year's International Mother Language Day is "Languages Without Borders." UNESCO notes, "Local, cross-border languages can promote peaceful dialogue and help to preserve indigenous heritage. Speakers of Kiswahili across sub-Saharan Africa and Quechua in South America, for example, share a common culture with communities in neighbouring countries."
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IMLD has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
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What's your favorite word, phrase, idiom, or concept from your mother language?
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Photo Description: the word "peace" in white text floats towards the screen in a variety of languages. The text coalesces into the shape of a dove, with framing language describing the IMLD.

Only 4 days until seniors can submit their OPT applications!  Remember, the USCIS is taking 3-5 months to process OPT ap...
02/21/2020

Only 4 days until seniors can submit their OPT applications! Remember, the USCIS is taking 3-5 months to process OPT applications, so it's a good idea to prepare your documents in advance. Seniors, apply as early as 2/25. Sophomores + Juniors, you are eligible to apply now. RSVP for an OPT Application Workshop at and get your applications started this week! (http://bit.ly/CISE-OPT-RSVP)
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Photo description: Countdown showing 4 days until seniors can apply for OPT.
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Only 5 days until seniors can submit their OPT applications!  Remember, the USCIS is taking 3-5 months to process OPT ap...
02/20/2020

Only 5 days until seniors can submit their OPT applications! Remember, the USCIS is taking 3-5 months to process OPT applications, so it's a good idea to prepare your documents in advance. Seniors, apply as early as 2/25. Sophomores + Juniors, you are eligible to apply NOW. RSVP for an OPT Application Workshop at and get your applications started this week! (http://bit.ly/CISE-OPT-RSVP)
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