South Florida consul generals to meet international students at Barry University
Oct. 3, 2007
Contact: Julianna M. Pietak
South Florida consul generals to meet international students at Barry University this Friday, Oct. 5
Second annual consulate reception is the only one in South Florida, and is open to all 43 consulates in the region
Each of South Florida’s 40-plus consulates has been invited to join Barry University’s Intercultural Center, as it hosts its second annual consulate reception. The event, which is the only one of its kind in South Florida, is hosted by the university’s Inter-cultural Center to recognize consulates for their assistance throughout the year. The consulate reception is being held Friday, Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in Barry University’s Landon Events Room.
Consul generals based in South Florida have been invited to the event, including representatives from countries as varied as Argentina, Japan, Panama and France. The reception is also open to students, faculty and staff, and will present them with an opportunity to meet the consul generals from each of these areas. Appetizers and refreshments will be served, with entertainment from Harmonic Motion, a middle eastern music group.
The event formally acknowledges the assistance that the Inter-cultural Center receives each year from South Florida consulates. With 373 international students from over 65 countries represented on Barry’s campus, the university’s Inter-cultural Center collaborates with South Florida consulates for a variety of services.
“The purpose of the Consulate Reception is to bring the dignitaries from the respective consulates in South Florida to our campus,” said Damaris Vasquez, director of the university’s Inter-cultural Center. “Also, to show our appreciation for their advocacy efforts, the relationship we share and the resources and support they provide the international students that attend Barry University.”
Consulates offer a range of services to these students, from legal assistance in the form of visa and advocacy services to advice on everyday life – recommending restaurants from that student’s original culture, or offering advice on adjusting to the American lifestyle.
Unlike embassies, which are usually located in a nation’s capital and focus one diplomatic relations between governments, consulates offer a more general range of services to assist their citizens abroad and can be located in several major cities. There are currently 43 consulates in South Florida.
For more information, please contact Damaris Vasquez, director of Barry’s Inter-cultural Center at (305) 899-3082.