International education advances cultural understanding and the protection of cultural heritage, while also preparing individuals to live and work in a global society.
To honor those benefits and others associated with international education and global exchange, the University of Arizona is hosting a series of events Nov. 16-20 during International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.
At the UA, the Office of Global Initiatives coordinates International Education Week, which provides support to members of the campus community who are interested in participating in international exchange.
International Education Week events at the UA are already underway. One is the 2015 Wildcats Abroad Photo Contest Exhibition, which features the photographic works of students who have studied abroad in the past year. Students will compete for awards in a number of categories, including the best cultural snapshot, landscape/nature and school spirit.
A complete listing of events is available online. Events include:
- Ongoing: UA students who have studied abroad have presented their photographic works in a Student Union Gallery exhibition that remains open through Friday. Gallery visitors can vote on photographs until Thursday, when contest award winners will be announced during the Global Excellence Reception. The gallery is on the third floor of the Student Union Memorial Center near the Diamond Atrium.
- Ongoing: The University Libraries’ Special Collections is hosting an exhibition of images of Mexico City during the 1960s. The exhibit comprises 20 black-and-white photographs on loan from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and includes images of the zocalo and other areas in central Mexico City. Located in the Special Collections gallery, the exhibit will remain open until Dec. 2.
- Tuesday: The Peace Corps Information Session will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. in Room 411J of the Student Union. The UA is one of the top U.S. producers of Peace Corps volunteers. During the event, individuals will hear from a panel of volunteers who served in Guatemala, Mozambique and Senegal, learning what it takes to be a competitive candidate. The application deadline is Jan. 1, 2016.
- Wednesday: A professor at the UA Center for the Study of Higher Education, Jenny Lee, will present a talk, "Approaches and Challenges to Internationalizing Students," at 4:30 p.m. in the Campus Library at Pima Community College's Downtown Campus.
- Thursday: The UA Center for English as a Second Language and the Office of Global Initiatives invited members of the southern Arizona community to nominate individuals for the Global Excellence Awards. The winners will be recognized during a reception to be held at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Gallery. The awards are intended for individuals who have distinguished themselves locally, regionally or nationally.
- Friday: The Global Reach Discussion Series: International Funding for Graduate Students Workshop event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the lower level of the UA Bookstore. Graduate students who have received funding for research and internships abroad will explain how they prepared for their experiences and describe the challenges and benefits of doing international work. Presenters include Robert Alvarez of Latin American studies and public administration, a Humanity in Action Diplomacy and Diversity Fellow; Megan Jackson of art history, a DAAD research grant recipient; Cari Tusing of anthropology, an Inter-American Foundation and Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad recipient; and Leishara Ward of public administration, a U.S. AID intern and former UANews student columnist.