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International Education Week

November 16-20, 2015

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International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the US Department of Education and the US Department of State to recognize the global exchange environment between the United States and other countries. All faculty, students and staff are strongly encouraged to participate in the various activities throughout the week! 

International Education Week 2015 Calendar






ENTIRE MONTH OF NOVEMBER: International Photo Showcase (UC Exhibit Hall)






10am - 12pm, Hahn School of Nursing ("living room", 1st floor):
Poster Presentation: Short-Term Medical Mission Trips 

5:30pm-8pm, Solomon Hall"Crossing Borders: The Dialogue" Film Discussion & Dinner

1pm-3pm, Washington, DC - Live Web Cast: Paul Simon Award for Internationalization Ceremony

7:30pm-10pm, Warren Auditorium (SOLES): "Tambien la Lluvia (Even the Rain)" Film Screening

1:30pm-2:30pm, Maher 224: Boren Scholarship Workshop (Study abroad students highly encouraged to attend.)

4pm-6pm, UC Exhibit Hall: International Opportunity Grant Reception (RSVP Requested)

1:30pm-2:30pm, KIPJ Room E: Fulbright Program Workshop (Study abroad students highly encouraged to attend.)

4pm-7:30pm, KIPJ Room H/I: Internationalization of the Curriculum Workshop (Faculty Only, RSVP Required)

6pm-7pm, Outside Maher Hall: Candlelit Vigil for Solidarity


7pm-9pm, UC Forum ABC: International Student Organization (ISO) Holiday Dinner

*Event dates and times are subject to change.

Campus Contacts for International Education Week

Kira Espiritu, Ph.D. (Co-Chair) – Director, International Studies Abroad, 619-260-4598

Jessica Calhoun, Ph.D. (Co-Chair)– Associate Director, International Studies Abroad, 619-260-4598

Event Details & Descriptions

Poster Presentation: Short-Term Medical Mission Trips 

Monday, November 16th from 10am - 12pm, in Hahn School of Nursing ("Living Room", 1st floor of original building)

Join Dr. Susan Bonnell and Dr. Susie Hutchins as they present recent research regarding the importance of small mission trips. The School of Nursing international mission trips will be highlighted and light refreshments will be served.

"Crossing Borders: The Dialogue" Film Discussion and Dinner (event co-sponsored by the United Front Multicultural Center)

Monday, November 16th from 6-8pm, in Solomon Hall 

Join us to kick-off International Education Week. Enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine while we watch a screening of “The Dialogue” followed by a panel discussion with current USD Chinese international students as well as domestic USD students who have studied abroad in China/Hong Kong. Learn about ways that Americans and Chinese misunderstand and misinterpret each other and how we can understand each other better in a world where our two societies are increasingly connected. Please RSVP for this event if interested in attending.

Documentary synopsis: The Dialogue is a 66 minute documentary which follows four American and four Chinese university students as they travel together in China and explore each others' backgrounds. Their shared travel adventures, the emotion of culture shock, honest confrontations and discoveries about each other become doorways to deepen their understanding of themselves and of the world.

Paul Simon Award for Internationalization Ceremony 

Tuesday, November 17th from 1-3pm in Washington, DC

President Harris III will receive the Paul Simon Award for Internationalization on behalf of USD.  This award recognizes colleges and universities that are making significant, well-planned, well-executed, and well-documented progress toward comprehensive internationalization, especially those using innovative and creative approaches.  USD was one of five universities to receive the comprehensive award for 2015. To view the live web cast of the ceremony, please visit the NAFSA Paul Simon Award Web Site beginning at 1pm on November 17th. 

"Tambien la Lluvia (Even the Rain)" Film Screening

Tuesday, November 17th from 7:30-10pm in the Warren Auditorium (SOLES)

This is the final film being shown as part of the Latin American Studies Program film series entitled "(De) Colonizing Universal Thought."  The event is co-sponsored by the Latin American Studies program and the Center for Inclusion and Diversity.  This is a Spanish drama film about Mexican director Sebastian and executive producer Costa who travel to Bolivia to shoot a film depicting Christopher Columbus' conquest.  Sebastian and Costa unexpectedly find themselves in a moral crisis when they and their crew arrive at Cochabamba, Bolivia, during the intensifying 2000 protests related to water rights which their key native actor Daniel persistently leads.  Immediately following the screening will be an interactive discussion.

Boren Scholarship Workshop

Wednesday, November 18th from 1:30-2:30pm in Maher Hall 224

All undergraduate students are invited to learn about Boren Scholarships which provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. They are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. PLEASE NOTE the following countries are excluded from consideration: countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.  This event is presented by Katie Zee, Program Officer, Global Scholarship and Exchange Programs.

International Opportunity Grant Reception

Wednesday, November 18th from 4-6pm in the UC Exhibit Hall

The USD community is invited to celebrate the international efforts of past International Opportunity Grant recipients at the IOG Reception.  Recipients from the Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 funding rounds will have their work displayed.  We ask that those planning to attend, please RSVP for this event no later than Thursday, November 5th.  For more information on these grants and other international development opportunities for both faculty and staff members, please visit International Center's development webpage.

Fulbright Program Workshop

Thursday, November 19th from 1:30-2:30pm in KIPJ Room E

All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to learn about fully funded grants for study, research, or English Teaching Assistantships in more than 140 countries.  This event is presented by Lee Rivers, Assistant Manager of Outreach for the Institute of International Education & Senay Kahsay, Fulbright Student Alumni.

Internationalization of the Curriculum Workshop

Thursday, November 19th from 4-7:30pm in KIPJ Room H/I

The International Center in collaboration with the Center for Educational Excellence will host an "Internationalization of the Curriculum Workshop" for faculty.  (For more information on submiting a proposal to teach abroad during 2017, please visit the Teaching Abroad webpage.)  Participants will work hands-on with their own syllabus and will leave the workshop with an internationalized version. Stipends are available for the successful execution of post-workshop deliverables. Please see the event flyer for additional details.  If interested, please RSVP for this event no later than Wednesday, November 11th.

Candlelit Vigil for Solidarity

Thursday, November 19th from 6-7pm outside Maher Hall

The Muslim Students Association (MSA) and Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) are planning a vigil in solidarity with Paris, Beirut and all nations managing tradegy.  The vigil will begin at 6pm in front of Maher Hall, then a silent candlelit procession to the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice will take place.  There will be several speakers, a call to participants to sign a peace pledge and a closing.

International Student Organization Holiday Dinner

Friday, November 20th from 7-9pm in UC Forum ABC

Join the International Student Organization in celebrating Fall holidays around the world. This student event features an international buffet dinner as well as a DJ and dance-floor. All USD students are welcome.