UTRGV, PSJA ISD, City of Pharr, to host week-long celebration of multicultural learning  

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PHARR – Thanks to a generous grant by the US Department of Education, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA ISD), are hosting a week-long celebration of multicultural learning at PSJA Southwest Early College High School from Feb. 5-8. 

UTRGV was recently awarded the “Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program” grant of $172,000 to promote global awareness throughout Hidalgo County. As part of the grant, about $16,000 will go toward conducting community outreach at PSJA ISD, specially to students and staff in the district’s renowned Dual Language Enrichment Program.  

As part of the International Week celebration made possible by the grant and with the support of the City of Pharr, the following events will take place at PSJA Southwest ECHS: 


Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 

Workshop: Focus on Latin America through Folklorico 

  • Miguel Pena, Director of UTRGV Ballet & Folklorico  
  • 10 AM – 12:30 PM | Folklorico Room 

Workshop: Focus on Asian Culture with KPOP Music  

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  • Mijin Oh Villarreal, Professor of Korean Studies at UTRGV  
  • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Library 

Friday, Feb. 8, 2018 

Workshop: Focus on Chinese Culture with Calligraphy 

  • Xin Zhang, Xuehong Ding, Professors of Chinese at UTRGV  
  • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Library 

2019 Lunar Year Festival Celebrating the Year of the Hog 

  • Culture, food, music, and a special traditional dragon dance 
  • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | PSJA Southwest ECHS  

This week-long celebration and learning, will conclude with the 2nd Annual Lunar Year Festival: Celebrating the Year of the Hog on Friday, Feb. 8 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The annual celebration will include a traditional dragon dance, cultural cuisine, authentic music, and special performances by PSJA students currently participating in the district’s Mandarin Chinese program. 

WHAT: UTRGV, PSJA ISD, City of Pharr to host week-long celebration of multicultural learning  

WHEN: Feb. 5 – 8 (see attached flier for more details)

WHERE: PSJA Southwest Early College High School (300 E. El Rancho Blanco Rd., Pharr, TX) 

City of Pharr 2019 Lunar New Year Festival Poster

International Week Poster R1

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