Students from near and far come to Landmark School to learn and grow in a diverse, supportive environment. The International Group at Landmark celebrates the many distinct cultures on campus while also highlighting the commonalities between these groups. The mission of the International Group is "to foster a sense of identity, acceptance, and belonging for the international community, as well as to explore, raise awareness of, and celebrate the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of the entire Landmark community."
The International Group helps students like me from a faraway country feel at home. Coming to a whole different setting and lifestyle can be scary and lonely, but the group made me feel that I belonged here with people who understand me, and that really helps. —Adwitiya Tibrewal, Kolkata, India
The International Group is not limited to foreign students. Any student interested in learning about different cultures, preparing and tasting ethnic foods, and sharing common experiences and what they love or miss more about their culture is welcome.
The group meets a few times a month and organizes several events each year. Each year has a different theme. The theme for 2017–2018 is Privilege. Past themes have included: Culture Shock and Bias, Identity: The Wonderful Mosaic That Is Landmark.
International Group Events Include
- International Day: a daylong opportunity for Landmark community members, who come from outside of the United States, to share their culture, and for students from the U.S. to reflect on where they come from and show pride in their ethnicity and heritage. Read about 2018's International Day.
- International Mother Language Day: an annual event established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to "promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by people of the world."
- Fundraising for Ddembe (Freedom) Home Uganda.
- Identity Day: co-sponsored with the Gay Straight Alliance to raise awareness and honor the various aspects of identity in our community.
Landmark high school faculty member Kanella Zaralides leads the group. Other faculty members involved are Jennifer Day, Sam Ellner, Kylie Murphy, Eleni Nikitas, and Victoria Tansey. Carole Rein and Caroline Teague are consultants. The International Group maintains its own website.
International Group means a lot to me and many of the International Group members within Landmark. I got to experience various cultures and food other than just hamburgers. I also learned and understood how the mix of various cultures work within the United States. International Group at Landmark School really does show how diverse our community is!—Henry Koo, Hong Kong