INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK
Global Culture Night - Thursday, November 14, 2019
IEW Events: November 18 - November 21, 2019
IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide! This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment, and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.
As part of this initiative, Eastern Illinois University and Charleston annually celebrate the tremendous benefits of international education and exchange. We appreciated your participation in the many IEW activities and experiences last year, and we are anticipating an exciting week of events in November 2019!
Global Culture Night is our featured kickoff celebration!
Come one, come all! There is something for everybody!
- Global Culture Night - Sign up for the fashion show and the Cultural Booth here!
- This featured event integrates cultures from a wide variety of nations into one spectacular evening. Performances will include singing, dancing, drama, drum circles, playing of traditional instruments, and recitations of national anthems and poetry! Join us for this free, family-friendly event organized by EIU’s Association of International Students. EIU has approximately 330 international students on campus who are citizens of 60 countries. In fact, 30 students at EIU are their nation’s sole representatives! Be sure to watch last year's fantastic video here!
- International Flag Parade - Sign up here!
- YOU are invited to participate in this wonderful opportunity! We’ll walk a variety of international flags from Blair Hall at 11:00 a.m. to be set up at the Union’s Bridge Lounge at 11:30 a.m. This colorful display will demonstrate the diversity and vibrancy of the students on EIU’s campus.
Many more events will take place throughout the week.
- “Immigration Conversation”
- We will discuss the most recent changes in immigration laws, the struggles for those coming to the U.S. for higher education, and some of the specific issues that current international EIU students are facing. EIU’s Graduate School Dean Ryan Hendrickson and Dr. Catherine Polydore will lead this session.
- “International Student Enrollment in the United States”
- Assistant Dean of International Education Mutombo Andy Kabasele will lead a discussion of today’s international student enrollment, both at EIU and across the United States.
- “Glimpses of…”
- Three countries will be highlighted by students, faculty, and staff who are excited to showcase their homeland’s customs, language, geography, current events, and culture.
- “International Students Q&A”
- With 60 countries represented on campus, there is a lot to learn about each other! Come ask questions, learn some geography, and share stories of your own travels!
- International Cuisine
- Panther Dining is offering a variety of foreign fare around campus throughout the week.
- “Global Women’s Rights”
- Dr. Sace Elder will lead an enlightening discussion about what global women’s rights mean to the United States.
- “Study Abroad Students’ Stories”
- Did you know that EIU has partner campuses all over the world? Learn from Study Abroad Coordinator Emily Tooy, returned Study Abroad students, and current international students about living and earning college credit overseas.
- “International Poetry Reading”
- Join us for a relaxed mid-day break from your daily routine. We will meet at Bob’s Bookstore to share poems from around the world. Bring what you’ve written, what you’ve read, in whatever language you choose. Coffee provided!