Join the Concordia International Center in celebrating International Education Week, Nov. 14-18, 2022.

There will be daily activities, learning opportunities, and snacks from around the world.

International Education Week celebrates the benefits of cultural and academic exchange programs around the world. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education promotes how international education programs prepare Americans for a global environment.


Nov. 14-18, 2022


This event is open to all CUW students, faculty, and staff.


These events are free to the CUW community. No registration is required.


Monday, Nov. 14 - The Americas

  • 9:30-9:50 a.m. | International Flag Procession at Chapel | Chapel
  • 10-10:30 a.m. | Global Cafe: Mexican Churros and Chocolate | CIC
    • After Chapel, savor the delicious flavors of authentic Lation-style hot chocolate and fresh warm churros. Yum!
  • 12-1 p.m. | Mexican food in the Caf with mariachis Rodriguez | Cafeteria
    • Enjoy Mexican elotes at the grill with all of the toppings, while mariachi music plays in the background.
  • 1-2 p.m. | Destination Canada presented by Cheree Peters | CIC
    • Test your knowledge of our neighbors to the north and learn about Canadian culture.
  • 2-3 p.m. | Destination Mexico presented by Deb Esparza and Silvia Gutierrez | CIC
    • Experience all the flair that Latin America has to offer. Try your hand at artesanias mexicanas and learn to make "espejos mexicanos," pinatas, and flores de papel. Decorate "Dia de los Muertos" cookies and enjoy salsa, tortillas and jarritos.
  • 3-4 p.m. | Baile Caribe presented by Maria Betancourt | CIC
    • In need of a few new dance moves? Learn how to dance merengue, bachata, and salsa so you can impress on the dance floor.
  • 4-5 p.m. | Destination Venezuela presented by Prof. Uvidelio Castillo | CIC
    • Prof. Uvidelio will give a synopsis of how one of the most democratic countries in South America became socialist over a brief period of time, and the lessons that should be learned by other countries.

Tuesday, Nov. 15 - Africa

  • 10-10:30 a.m. | Global Cafe: Jamaican coffee and pastries hosted by Dr. Terry-Elinor Reid | Robert W. Plaster kitchen
    • After Chapel, enjoy the true coffee of this enchanting island while pairing it with delicious cookies and lively conversation.
  • 12-1 p.m. | African food in the Caf with world-class drummer Beto Torrens | Cafeteria
    • Enjoy African piri-piri and rice while Afro Puerto Rican musician Alberto "Beto" Torrens plays. Learn the history of the African diaspora, percussion, song, and more.
  • 1-2 p.m. | Cafe Cubano and the African diaspora | CIC
    • The rhythms of the island go hand in hand with the authentic flavor of Cafe Cubano. Learn the trick of making a perfect cup every time and then sit back and savor its rich flavor to the beat of Beto's drums.
  • 2-3 p.m. | International mission work presented by Dr. Lisa Adams-Qualls | CIC
    • Have you considered serving abroad on a mission trip? Come hear the intriguing stories of Dr. Lisa Adams-Qualls and colleagues that may inspire you to say, "Here I am! Send me!"
  • 3-4 p.m. | Benefits of international global exchange presented by JED panel | CIC
    • Our panel of scholars will highlight the benefits of and human need for global interaction, and how we can make this a reality at Concordia.
  • 4-5 p.m. | Africa Nigeria/Liberia - "A bird's eye view of its culture and people" presented by Omolola Oluwatayo and Diane Kollie | CIC
    • The intrigue of Africa is undeniable. Come experience the flavors, rhythms, and artwork of this fascinating country through the eyes of her people.
  • 7-8 p.m. | International self-care fair put on by the Social Work Club | CIC
    • Join Concordia's Social Work Club (SSWO) and the CIC for our International Self-Care Fair. Learn about the different cultures represented on our campus, and diversify your self-care toolkit by engaging in various personal care activities from around the world.

Wednesday, Nov. 16 - Middle East

  • 10-10:30 a.m. | Global Cafe: Arabic coffee and baklava | CIC
    • After Chapel, savor the distinct flavors of Arabic coffee and the famous middle eastern baklava.
  • 12-1 p.m. | African food in the Caf with "Music and Sights of the Holy Land and Virtual Reality to Jerusalem" | Cafeteria
    • Enjoy Middle Eastern falafel, hummus, and tabouleh while a virtual experience of Jerusalem plays in the background.
  • 1-2 p.m. | Destination Egypt presented by Wahlid A. Ragaey | CIC
    • Located in hte northeastern corner of Africa, Egypt's heartland, the Nile River Valley and delta, was the home of one of the principal civilizations of the ancient Middle East, and, like Mesopotamia farther east, was the site of one of the world's earliest urban and literate societies. Experience this region through VR glasses to the pyramids and a presentation by one of its own.
  • 2-3 p.m. | Destination Israel presented by Dr. Mike Litman | CIC
    • Dr. Mike Litman will present, "The journey of a man from Judaism to Christianity".
  • 3-4 p.m. | Destination Saudi Arabia | CIC
    • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest Arab country of the Middle East. The country's origins go back to 1744 with the establishment of the first Saudi State. Experience the food and culture of this country while listening to speakers share valuable insight.
  • 4-5 p.m. | Service Project: Operation Christmas Box | CIC
    • Looking for a way to kickstart the season of giving? Come to the CIC and help assemble and pack Christmas boxes for children in need.

Thursday, Nov. 17 - Europe

  • 10-10:30 a.m. | Global Cafe: Ireland and England | CIC
    • Devan Lenz-Fisher and Stacy Tolomeo from the CAACE will host this event. Enjoy lively music while nibbling on scones and biscuits. You'll have your choice of English tea or Irish coffee.
  • 12-1 p.m. | French crepes in the Caf with the music of Europe and Ukraine | Cafeteria
    • The Val Sigal, a college-trained musician, will play. Val attended music school in the historical and cultural city of Yekaterinburg where he was trained in Classical and Ethnic European performing arts.
  • 1-2 p.m. | Classrooms around the World presented by Elizabeth Kirk and Dr. Tzvia Springer | CIC
    • Explore education around the world through photos and insightful discussion while enjoying authentic Polish desserts. You will see firsthand how U.S. classrooms and educational system compares to those around the world.
  • 2-3 p.m. | Service Project: Operation Christmas Box | CIC
    • If you missed the Wednesday session, you have one more chance to help!
  • 3-4 p.m. | Quick and Easy Global Recipes presented by Dr. Terry-Elinor Reid | CIC
    • Are you looking to spice up your meal menu but just don't know where to start? Come for some new and easy international ideas straight from our Concordia community. Help cook some dishes and then enjoy with friends!
  • 4-5 p.m. | Destination Austria presented by Marlene Stummer | CIC
    • Come celebrate Christmas Austrian-style with our exchange student Marlene Stummer. Make authentic Austrian star ornaments and munch on yummy Christmas goodies and punch.

Friday, Nov. 18 - Asia

  • 10-10:30 a.m. | Global Cafe: Chinese Tea and Cookies | CIC
    • Tea leaves are processed using traditional Chinese methods.
  • 12-1 p.m. | Chinese food in the Caf with the music of China | Cafeteria
    • Enjoy Chinese sweet and sour pork, dumplings, and Kung pao chicken while a collage of sights and sounds from China plays in the background.
  • 2-3 p.m. | Destination China presented by Mei Ma and Jueying Wang | CIC
    • Students will present on the art and culture of Chinese fans.
  • 3-4 p.m. | Destination South Korea presented by Mijoo Kim and Heewon Oh | CIC
    • Learn to speak Korean and the cultural context behind Korean words while enjoying delicious Korean cuisine!
  • 4-6 p.m. | Destination India presented by Sikandar and Sai Vineeth | CIC
    • Celebrate India with delicious Indian cuisine, dance, and music. Get your hands painted using the traditional Mehndi henna method.