On Friday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m., Xavier University’s office of International Student Services and the International Students’ Society are sponsoring an international trivia game for the campus community called WorldQuest. Teams of eight will gather in the Schiff Conference Center in the Cintas Center for ethnic food, entertainment, fellowship, competition and drawings for prizes.
WorldQuest originated in Charlotte, NC and was brought to Xavier by the World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinnati in May, 2001. WorldQuest allows students, faculty and staff to interact across cultural, racial, and ethnic lines, forge connections and begin conversations in an informal setting. The goals of Xavier’s WorldQuest competition are: to increase international understanding, to raise funds for study abroad and international grants, and to create an enjoyable community event that brings together a diverse group of people. Questions relate to geography, current affairs, pop culture, politics, people, world traditions, arts, flags, etc. This is the ninth year Xavier has participated.
“WorldQuest has increased in popularity over the years,” says Lea Minniti, director of International Student Services. “Everyone looks forward to the event as a unique opportunity that connects students, faculty, staff, and our alumni in an informal setting.” This sentiment is echoed by Jennifer Wies, director of the Xavier Women’s Center who says “The Xavier University WorldQuest event celebrates the richness of our campus while generating awareness of global issues.”
International education is essential in breaking down stereotypes and increasing cross cultural communication and appreciation. Events like WorldQuest broaden intercultural and international knowledge and awareness, often a first step in promoting peace and understanding.