International Education Week comes to UCCS

The Global Engagement Office and The Global Intercultural Research Center will kick off a weeklong celebration of international education with a Parade of Nations and Chinese Dragon Dance at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 16.

The parade will include international students, country flags, a Chinese dragon and drums marching from Copper House – home of the Global Engagement Office – to the University Center.

The event will signal the start of International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education scheduled for Nov. 16-20.

Mandy Hansen
Mandy Hansen

“As an institution, we have a responsibility to serve our local region, but we also have a responsibility to provide our students with experiences that allow them to navigate the complex world in which we live.  This can be done through study abroad experiences, infusion of international perspectives in the classroom and intentional programming that brings together our international students and domestic students,” Mandy Hansen, director, Global Engagement Office, said. “We are an international destination, a home to many international employers and a campus that is on track to providing a full-array of international educational experience for its students.”

Hansen invited faculty, staff and students to celebrate the adventures UCCS students experience while studying abroad, as well as the cultures of international students studying in Colorado Springs.

“International education is a campus-wide approach and not just within the confines of an international office,” Hansen said, “It is  a vision that supports cultural understanding, or understanding of ‘the other,’ and prepares our students to be successful navigating a myriad of cultures, mindsets and environments.”

UCCS hosted 315 international students from 49 countries during the Fall 2015 semester while 82 students studied abroad in 17 different countries in 4 world regions during the 2013-2014 academic year.

A full list of events follow:


International Dining
Nov. 16-20 | Lunch and Dinner | Roaring Fork Dining Hall

Dining and Food Services will serve international cuisine in the Roaring Fork Dining Hall during lunch and dinner. A full menu can be viewed here: International Education Week Menu.

International Photo Contest
Nov. 16-20 | All day | University Center

Vote for your favorite finalist for the “UC the World” photo contest at the UCCS University Center and GEO Facebook page

Parade of Nations and Chinese Dragon Dance
Nov. 16 | 11:30 a.m. | Copper House to the University Center

International students at UCCS will proudly share their countries’ colors. The Asian and Pacific Islander Student Union will lead the parade with traditional lion dance. The parade will depart Copper House and end at the University Center.

Language Table: Japanese
Nov. 16 | Noon – 2 p.m. | University Center

Learn to write your name in Japanese.

Afro-Caribbean Drummers
Nov. 17 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Upper Lodge

Enjoy African, Puerto Rican and Cuban drumming.

Language Table: German
Nov. 17 | Noon – 2 p.m. | University Center

Learn how to order food and drinks in German.

Photo Exhibit Talk – Faces: Cuban Artists in the Diaspora exhibit
Nov. 17 | 2 p.m. | Kraemer Family Library

Andrea Herrera, professor, Women’s and Ethnic Studies Program, will discuss the Cuban artist, Carlos Manuel Cardenes, collection on display.

Birds Without Borders Documentary
Nov. 17 | 4 p.m. | Clyde’s

Join PBS filmmaker Nick Molle in watching Birds Without Borders, his film the explores the habits of four species of small birds while exploring the newly discovered relationship between Rocky Mountain National Mark, and the National Parks and Preserved areas of Costa Rica. A discussion with Molle will follow.

Language Table: Chinese
Nov. 17 | Noon – 2 p.m. | University Center

Learn one of the hardest languages in the world.

MOSAIC International Music Night
Nov. 17 | 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Clyde’s

Join MOSAIC for an array of international music.

Nov. 19 | 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Berger Hall

R.A.C.E. is a multicultural showcase of six Asian cities. Enjoy games that will help you learn about the unique culture and history while enjoying local food.

Language Table: French
Nov. 19 | Noon – 2 p.m. | University Center

Learn the most romantic language in the world.

Student Perspective: Study Abroad in Italy
Nov. 19 | Noon – 12:30 p.m. | UC124

Join Mehal Jivan as he shares his experience of studying in Rome.

Love Connects the World!
Nov. 19 | 12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | UC124

Learn about a student initiative in Kenya.

GeoQuiz Night
Nov. 19 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Clyde’s

In the 4th annual GeoQuiz Night, faculty, staff and students will participate in a Jeopardy-style ‘test your knowledge’ on geographic trivia.

Global Intercultural Research Center: Brown Bags Series
Nov. 20 | Noon | Dwire 204

Kee Warner, associate vice chancellor for inclusion and academic engagement, Academic Affair, presents “Regional Tourism Strategies through a Global Intercultural Lens: Reflections from Chile.”

Global Engagement Open House + Student Photo Exhibit
Nov. 20 | 3:30 p.m. | Global Engagement Office, Copper House 9209

Faculty, staff and students are invited to visit the Global Engagement Office to get a firsthand experience in the world of international education.

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