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STLCC Observes International Education Week

November 04, 2014

International Education Week  

St. Louis Community College will celebrate International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of Education and State, by highlighting the benefits and value of a high quality education and study abroad.  

 

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Activities and events promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

 

"International education creates life-long friendships between students and strengthens the bonds between nations," said John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State.

 

STLCC international students represent more than 100 countries and speak 40-plus different languages.

 

The official International Education Week is Nov. 17-21; however, the college’s Forest Park campus has activities scheduled throughout the month of November. Notable events at the college’s campuses include:

 

FRIDAY, NOV. 14         

·         “Labor Trafficking: The Realities of Modern Day Slavery in the U.S.”
10-11:30 a.m. Room 132 in the Student Center at Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave.
Human trafficking encompasses many forms of victimization and exploitation, including labor trafficking. Erin Heil of the Criminal Justice department at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, will discuss the realities of domestic labor trafficking in the United States. Heil also will talk about various types of labor trafficking, explanations of the hidden nature of labor trafficking and why so many unidentified or misidentified cases persist. 


MONDAY, NOV. 17

·         International Bazaar

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Student Center at Meramec, 11333 Big Bend Road

Activities will include Selfie Photo Booth, International food samples, and sale of Fair Trade crafts. These activities will continue both Tuesday, Nov. 18, and Wednesday, Nov. 19.

·         International Student and Study Abroad Panels noon-1:15 p.m. in the Student Center at Meramec, 11333 Big Bend Road

International students will discuss the similarities/differences between the education systems in the United States and their home country. Study abroad students will discuss their educational experiences overseas.

·         SEED and YFU Exchange Students Cultural Celebration
1-2 p.m., Terry M. Fischer Theatre at Florissant Valley, 3400 Pershall Road
Students in the Scholarships for Education and Economic Development and Youth for Understanding programs will share their culture through performances and discussion.

 

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19

·         “Mission in Haiti”

9:30-10:30 a.m., Room 105 in the Training Center at Florissant Valley, 3400 Pershall Road

Dr. Patricia Wolff, founder of Meds and Food for Kids, will show a short film and discuss her story and mission in Haiti.

 

·         “Off the Record: Hot Topics, ISIS Crisis in the Middle East”
12:15-12:45 p.m., Multipurpose Room at Wildwood, 2645 Generations Drive
An open discussion about ISIS in the Middle East will be facilitated by Lisa DeLorenza, instructor in political science, and Layla Goushey, professor in English.

 

·         “The Risk of Human-Caused Climate Change

7-8 p.m., Multipurpose Room at Wildwood, 2645 Generations Drive
Larry Lazar from the Climate Reality Project will present the facts about the climate crisis and engage in a conversation about how to solve it. The lecture is sponsored by the Science Club.

 

THURSDAY, NOV. 20

·         “Syria: The Unheard Alternative View”
11 a.m.-noon, Room 32, Student Center at Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn out viewpoints on recent events in Syria that have been largely ignored by news media. Rihab Sawah, physics instructor at Florissant Valley, and her husband, Anthony Clark, business and economics instructor at Florissant Valley, will share their personal insights and observations, along with those of family and friends who remain in Syria, to offer a more intimate understanding of the region, its people and the challenges they face.

·         “An Insider’s View of Cuba”
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Room 105 in the Training Center at Florissant Valley, 3400 Pershall Road

Guest speaker Lorenzo Fernando Gonzalez will discuss the country and culture of Cuba.

 

·         “Cuban Celebration”
1-2 p.m., Student Center Multipurpose Room at Florissant Valley, 3400 Pershall Road

The Florissant Valley Choir will sing “Guantanamera,” followed by clips from the award-winning documentary “Buena Vista Social Club” and a discussion of Cuban music.

 

For more International Week activities, visit the Events Calendar on the college’s website, www.stlcc.edu.