FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WBOY) – In celebration of United Nations Day on October 24, staff and students at Fairmont State University (FSU) gathered to witness the raising of international flags at the entrance to Bryant Square Street at 12:30 p.m.
A total of 10 international flags were raised in honor of the countries from which current freshmen have traveled to come to FSU University. The flag of the United States and West Virginia was in the middle of the ten flags. The ten flags included:
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
It was the first time this type of event had taken place since before the COVID-19 pandemic. FSU hasn’t had much international activity throughout the pandemic, and the Office of Educational Pathways for International Centers and Students (EPICS) had no one to make sure the flags were changed enough over the course of the pandemic. years. When Sarah Sakaguchi, EPICS Coordinator took over in May 2022, she wanted to help globalize the campus. When she was a student at FSU, she was taught to be a citizen of the world and to participate in it. She therefore wants to help international students feel more welcome in their temporary homes.
October 24 marks the anniversary of United Nations Day and the entry into force in 1945 of the Charter of the United Nations. The celebration of this day each year offers the opportunity to amplify the common agenda and reaffirm the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations which have guided us for 77 years.
Sakaguchi explained why raising these flags is important for international students who live on campus. She said, “Students who are local, you know, to the states, to the state of West Virginia, even to Fairmont and Morgantown, they have a level of support system that is local to them. I also want our international students to know that we love them, support them and want them here. Uh, and they can be proud of themselves, they can be proud of their culture here.
FSU also has a Pride flag hanging inside the Falcon Center to show students that no matter who they are or what their sexuality or gender is, they are supported on campus too.
As graduation approaches in the spring, the current flags will be replaced with other international flags for students graduating from the university.