International Education Week 2021

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International Education Week
 is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.  The Office of International Programs leads the event in cooperation with our five colleges.

Each year the Alamo Colleges participate in International Education Week in an effort to celebrate diversity, increase awareness of international learning experience benefits, and to continue advancing the mission of globalizing the Alamo Colleges.

Join us, as we bring internationalization home and build on the global competencies of our students and community.

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Events By Date
 
Mon. Nov. 15, 2021 Tues. Nov. 16, 2021 Wed. Nov. 17, 2021
Thurs. Nov. 18, 2021 Fri. Nov. 19, 2021


Monday, November 15, 2021

International Education Week Kickoff Time: 3:00 PM 

Alamo Colleges District Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores and Universidad Tecmilenio Rector Bruno Zepeda will present on student success and global competencies in a post-COVID workforce. The conversation will be moderated by 2016 Mexican government Othli Award recipient Raul Rodriguez. A Memorandum of Agreement will be signed between Alamo Colleges District and Tecmilenio.

                

The winners for the Outstanding Efforts in Internationalization Awards will be announced.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Share Stories of Colonialism Time: 11:00 AM

Presenters: Dr. Niamh Hamill from The Institute of Study Abroad Ireland (ISA), Professor of Biology Brad Chandler and Assistant Professor of U.S. History Victoria Beckman-Wilson

Audience: All

Dr. Niamh Hamill from The Institute of Study Abroad Ireland in Donegal will be our guest as we discuss the Great Hunger in Ireland in the mid-1840s, and its impact on the populations of Ireland and the United States. This tragedy prompted a heartfelt response to Irish suffering from the Choctaw Nation, who recently had been evicted from their land during the Trail of Tears march west in the 1830s. We’ll also be discussing the environmental parallels between the potato famine in Ireland and the dust bowl era in the U.S.

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COIL 101 Time: 2:00 PM

Presenters: LaTanya Kurney, International Programs Coordinator and Mariela Cadena, Exchange Specialist

Audience: Faculty

Information session for all faculty to promote virtual exchanges and garner interest in joining the AlamoCOIL Village.

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GENIE 101 Time: 3:00 PM

Presenter: Patricia Ferguson, Coordinator of Recruitment-International Student Services

Audience: All

Introduction to the Global Engagement Network for International Education (GENIE). GENIE provides for both international and local students to connect, engage, learn, and reflect by providing the opportunity to interact in multicultural programming.

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Gender and Development Time: 4:00 PM

Presenter: Dr. Joelle Nanivazo, St. Philip’s College Faculty

Audience: All

Research on gender equality in developing countries -what developing countries have done to improve women’s education - political and labor market participation, and economic empowerment -roles of the United Nations in promoting gender equality.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Study Abroad and Student Employability Time: 10:00 AM

Presenter: Gilbert Palomo, Advising Team Leader/Career Services at St. Philip’s College

Audience: All

Employers have a difficult time seeking out competitive candidates because of their lack of experience. Remote settings brought about by COVID-19 didn't help our students any. Come learn how Study Abroad experiences may lead to better employability for students while these experiences can improve career competencies and bring about awareness of diversity and inclusion.

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Climate Change, how safe is your city? Time: 11:00 AM

Presenter: Dr. Carmen Nava-Fischer, Professor of Chemistry, St. Philip’s College

Audience: All

General measures you can take to protect the city from climate change.

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EducationUSA Dialogues: The Intersection of Campus Internationalization and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Time: 10:00 AM

Join four U.S. higher education experts on international education (IE) and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives for an interactive discussion. This webinar will focus on points of synergy and opportunities for mutually beneficial coordination between campus leaders engaged in IE and DEI programming. Participants will gain a concrete understanding of how these distinct initiatives can be complementary as well as practical strategies for facilitating collaboration between the two.

Speakers:

Amer Ahmed, Ed.D., Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Vermont

Jennifer Donaghue, Ed.D., Executive Director, International Education, The International Services Office and The Office for Study Abroad, George Washington University

Penelope “Nell” Pynes, Ph.D., former Associate Provost for International Programs, University of North Carolina Greensboro Nicole Stokes, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Saint Joseph’s University

           

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Adventure Science: International Field Experience Time: 1:00 PM

Presenter: Dr. Scott Walker, Geography and Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator at Northwest Vista College

Audience: Students

Hydrology and ecosystem studies in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Crocodile night census and snorkeling to identify ray species in Costa Rica. Analyzing data. Presenting results in professional settings. This is a discussion about how you can get involved in gaining authentic research experience in field settings through study abroad while earning core Natural Science credits.

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Expanding Alliances with Costa Rica through Veritas University Time: 3:00 PM

Alamo Colleges District Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores and Veritas University President Ronald Sasso will sign a Memorandum of Understanding for future collaboration in international initiatives.  The conversation will be moderated by International Programs Executive Director, Alejandra Bueno.

The Office of International Programs has been awarded a grant from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund that is the leading hemispheric-wide initiative supported by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassies, and Partners of the Americas in partnership with visionary companies, foundations, and educational institutions working to strengthen the collaboration among governments, business, and academia – critical to economies in the Americas. The grant is a one-year contract titled “Symbiosis: Alamo Colleges and Universidad Veritas Environmental Exchange”.  The Symbiosis Program is a collaborative effort between the Alamo Colleges District (ACD), and Universidad Veritas (UV) in San Jose, Costa Rica that includes a goal of creating and implementing a new model of student academic exchange program to include a virtual exchange through collaborative online international learning (COIL) prior to student travel; in-service learning and field-based learning during travel. Each institute of higher education intends for up to 10 students from Alamo Colleges and 10 students from Veritas will participate in an exchange program. The contract is good from January 1-December 31, 2022.

 

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Music as an Instrument to Develop Global Competence Time: 8:30 AM

This session is a conversation about student success and global citizenry between Alamo Colleges District and Jerusalem Academy of Music.

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Cultural Dissonance within Cultural Communication Time: 10:00 AM

Presenter: Dr. Brenya Buchalski, Professor of Law and Psychology, Northwest Vista College

Audience: All

Discussion: cultural dissonance as a hidden (or unconscious) experience (hidden from the individual and specified community) within the context of cultural communication.

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Networking Session: Higher Education Internationalization Time: 10:00 AM

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the French Embassy in the United States and the Embassy of the United States of America in France invite you to an online networking event. You will have the opportunity to present your initial thoughts and ideas related to areas of collaboration with potential partners. (Please note this is an external event)

We encourage all participating institutions to think about champions in their organization. Take them along with you to the event! Which departments/programs would be best suited to start a project in the coming month, 2 months, etc.? This will make it much easier to move from introduction to action.

 

In preparation for this event and to facilitate finding a partner, we have asked institutions to share their needs with us. Learn more by looking at the snapshots that have already been submitted. Additionally, if you have not yet completed the snapshot form, please take some time to do so before the event.

 

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Mindfulness Activity Time: 11:00 AM

Presenter: Dr. Renee Drabier,  International Programs Coordinator

Audience: All

Mindfulness is a practice of relaxation to gain self-awareness and to reduce stress. This session will explain mindfulness practice and guide participants through a mindfulness exercise during the hour meeting.

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La Vela: An Immortal Invention Presented by Mission Crafts Chandlery Time: 11:00 AM

Audience: All

Students, Faculty, and Staff will learn the history of candle making, the use of candles across cultures, the art behind designing fragrances, and how candles became a multi-billion-dollar industry.

 

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Virtual America Recycles Day Fashion Show Time: 11:30 PM

Join us via Zoom to celebrate America Recycles Day as we host the 11th annual Recycled Fashion Show featuring upcycled attire from Goodwill. This creative forum displays that gently-used clothing should be recycled. Learn about the effects of fashion on the environment and how to be more sustainable.

 

Participants can win Goodwill gift cards and CPS Energy Conservation Kits. Sponsored by the S.H.A.R.E. Center, PAC Cosmetology Department, and Viva Verde Committee, with additional

support from Goodwill Industries of San Antonio and CPS Energy and Communities in Schools.

 

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Virtual America Recycles Day Fashion Show Time: 12:30 PM

Join us via Zoom to celebrate America Recycles Day as we host the 11th annual Recycled Fashion Show featuring upcycled attire from Goodwill. This creative forum displays that gently-used clothing should be recycled. Learn about the effects of fashion on the environment and how to be more sustainable.

Participants can win Goodwill gift cards and CPS Energy Conservation Kits. Sponsored by the S.H.A.R.E. Center, PAC Cosmetology Department, and Viva Verde Committee, with additional

support from Goodwill Industries of San Antonio and CPS Energy and Communities in Schools.

 

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We Shall Over Come Time: 12:00 PM

Please join Musical Bridges Around the World for a virtual broadcast of "We Shall Overcome: Sister Cities & Friends." Join us as we journey across the globe visiting San Antonio Sister and Friendship Cities from Japan to Namibia, Mexico to China, Germany to India and beyond! Our international music ensemble shatters boundaries with a program of hope and resilience.

 

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A Student's Perspective of Study Abroad Time: 1:00 PM

Presenter: Nicole M Gonzalez, Northeast Lakeview College Student

Audience: Students

Student/s will share unique perspective of learning while abroad, the many benefits to students that choose to study in a foreign country, give information on passports, how to prepare financially with scholarships, and show which programs Northeast Lakeview College currently has. Display will consist of handouts, pictures, and items purchased in other countries.

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Arab American Community Network Kick-off and Mixer


Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Arab American Community Network is an organization who focuses on education, healthcare, service, and advocacy. The coalition is made of various community members who seek to build capacity and engage civically for a stronger San Antonio. This event is an opportunity for leaders to share ideas and network. Local and state officials will be present.

 

Location: Northwest Vista College - Manzanillo Hall

Please email dst-studyabroad@alamo.edu to confirm your participation. Capacity 60 people

 

Introducing the Alamo Global Learner Pathway

Time: 2:00 PM

Join the Alamo Colleges Online and Office of International Programs as we first introduce the Alamo Global Learner Pathway. In this session we will explain what digital badges are, why they are valuable and how to earn them by demonstrating global competencies with the Alamo Global Learner Pathway.

 

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Friday, November 19, 2021

Global Learning in Action: A Call to Educators   Time: 10:00 AM

Presenter: Yenisleidy Simon Mengana, M.S., Assistant Director, Global Learning Initiatives, Florida International University

Audience: Faculty

In a world full of challenges, educators play an essential role in shaping generations of collaborative problem-solvers. From helping students understand how issues are interconnected to assisting them in analyzing issues from multiple perspectives, educators can transform the way students see the world. They are often the ones inspiring students to take action! Join us to learn why our students need global learning and how you can get involved.  

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High Impact Practice (HIP's) - Global Learning Time: 11:00 AM

Presenter: Dr. Elizabeth Plummer, Faculty Development Specialist

Audience: Faculty

This two-hour session will discuss how the Global Learning High Impact Practice helps students explore cultures, life experiences, and worldviews. Faculty in attendance will discuss the importance of diversity and global learning in the classroom and how to infuse these strategies into their curriculum.

 

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AlamoCOIL Village Faculty Recognition Event Time: 2:00 PM

Presenters: Alejandra Bueno, International Programs Executive Director; LaTanya Kurney, International Programs Coordinator and Mariela Cadena, Exchange Specialist

Audience: Faculty

This session will recognize the 2021 founding faculty coil cohort and will highlight the successes and challenges of their coil courses. Faculty will be recognized for their outstanding efforts.

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