UMD: A Globally Connected University

Celebrate International Education Week 2022 at UMD Nov. 14-18!

Celebrate International Education Week 2022 at UMD Nov. 14-18!

From Nov. 14-18, UMD will join education institutions across the U.S. and around the world in celebrating International Education Week 2022 (#IEW2022). A joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of Education and State inaugurated by President Clinton in 2000, IEW aims to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and to attract future leaders from abroad to the U.S. to study, learn, and exchange their knowledge and experiences.

#IEW2022 provides a platform to celebrate the international diversity and global engagement that contribute to UMD’s vibrance and excellence. It is also a chance to highlight humanity’s interconnectedness and the importance of global collaboration and connection for addressing the grand challenges of our time.

This year, in keeping with UMD’s Fearlessly Forward strategic plan, OIA is launching Global Dialogues, in collaboration with campus and international partners. Global Dialogues are events and activities--both during IEW and going forward--that will engage UMD students in conversation and reflection around our shared global grand challenges.

Find some open Global Dialogues in the calendar below and check back during IEW for a sneak peek inside some of these sessions. If you would like to learn how to host your own IEW Global Dialogues event, please contact us at


#IEW2022 CALENDAR OF UMD CAMPUS EVENTS  (click on day to see events)

Submit an event to the calendar 


Monday, November 14

9:00 AM: ‘Smith is Global’ Kick-Off 

Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for Global Business 

Employer of the Day desk, Van Munching Hall

Stop by the Employer of the Day desk at the front of Van Munching Hall for breakfast treats and learn more about Smith IEW events.

2:00 PM: From South America to the World: New Routes for Cocaine Trafficking

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center

2113 Chincoteague Hall (Hybrid event)

Join us live or remotely for this discussion by specialists from Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia on routes from Latin America to Europe now being employed by major drug cartels.

4:00 PMLanguage House Language Chats (Global Dialogues)

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Global Crossroads Atrium, 1125 HJ Patterson

All are welcome to come practice, improve, or maintain language skills in a casual setting from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM. Language Chats also provide you with the opportunity to meet with native speakers of each language and to find conversational partners of varying proficiency levels. Languages available this semester are: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish 

4:30 PM: International Movie Screening:  "Letter to a Pig " (Israel, 2022) and conversation with director and animator Tal Kantor

Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies and Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies

H.J.  Patterson 2114

A Holocaust survivor reads a letter he wrote to the pig who saved his life.  A young schoolgirl hears his testimony in class and sinks into an inner dark journey, where she confronts questions of identity, as the boundary between animalism and the extremes of human nature blurs... 

Join us for this rare opportunity to view a unique film that is currently touring internationally at festivals, winning prizes and high acclaimed by critics, and to talk with director/Animator Tal Kantor about animation as a tool to capture memories, as well as the way memories of the Holocaust are passed on to the next generations with the directive never to forget.  Please Register.

Tuesday, November 15

2:00 PM: Study Abroad 101

Education Abroad

Virtual |  Zoom

This introductory session is designed to give an overview of study abroad at the University of Maryland and answer general questions. We will cover the basics about academics, finances, locations, and how to plan to go abroad!

2:00 PM: A Conversation with Jean-François Hould, Director of the Bureau du Québec Government Office in Washington


JMZ 3205

Join the students in French 313 (Current Issues in the French-Speaking World) and other members of the UMD community for this en français conversation about language and identity in Québec with its government's representative in Washington, D.C.  Further information:

3:00-6:00 PM: Around the Globe: International Fair

International Student Advisory Board | International Student Union | International Student & Scholar Services 

Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union

Come celebrate the uniqueness of the nations and cultures represented at the University of Maryland! Stop by to learn about international clubs, play games, and build connections between cultural heritage, academic inquiry, creative expression, and communities at the UMD. Oh, and you won’t want to miss the international cuisine stations!

6:00 PM: Elevate! Diverse Founders Dinner

Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for Global Business 

Room 2517 | Van Munching Hall (Register to attend)

Join the Center for Global Business as co-sponsors of the Elevate! Diverse Founders Dinner to celebrate the entrepreneurial journeys of underrepresented entrepreneurs and why going global is for every entrepreneur. Hear personal stories and conversations between diverse entrepreneurs that explore their challenges and triumphs. Explore what community and allyship can look like in order to elevate equity and inclusion within entrepreneurship.

Wednesday, November 16

8:30-9:30 AM Global Health Coffee Hour

Global Health Initiative (GHI)

School of Public Health Lobby


12:00 PM Latin America and the Caribbean: Economic Outlook, Challenges, and Opportunities (Vice President, Interamerican Development Bank)

 Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM, School of Public Policy)

SPP Building, Room 3301 (Reading Room)

Richard Martínez Alvarado, former Ecuadoran Minister of Economy and Finance and current Vice President for Countries at the International Development Bank, will discuss how the recent series of global shocks have exacerbated macro and social vulnerabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Further information.  

12:00 PM A Queer Promised Land!? LGBTQ+ Jewish Immigration (Aliyah) to Israel

Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies

Zoom  |  Online

Dr. Elazar Ben-Lulu, lecturer (=assistant professor) in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ariel University in Israel will discuss his research on what LGBTQ+ Jewish immigration to Israel tells us about Jewish immigration in general, and how LGBTQ+ Jewish immigrants illuminate trajectories and connections among transnational gay communities

12:15 PM: NASBITE Webinar: Russia and Ukraine: Political Realities and Export Opportunities for U.S. Small Businesses

Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for Global Business 

Room 2509 | Van Munching Hall (Register to attend)

Join the watch party of the webinar. Lunch will be provided. Speakers will include:

  • Matthew Edwards, Director, Office of Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia (ORUE), U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Sarah Nickel, Ukraine Desk Officer, & Commercial Officer, Office of Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia (ORUE), U.S. Department of Commerce

2:00 PM: Interning in the Global Community (Global Dialogues)

Global and Federal Fellows Program (UGST)

2407 Marie Mount Hall

The Global & Federal Fellows Programs are hosting this fantastic in-person panel event for undergraduate students interested in globally-oriented internships. Three wonderful GFF alumni will discuss their internship experiences with the U.S. Department of State, Embassy of Spain, and United Nations Institute for Training and Research Geneva, and then lead break-out conversations!  RSVP: INFO:
2:00 PM: Leveraging Technology for Global Learning
Global EdTerps
Zoom  |  Online 
UMD Faculty & Instructional Staff are invited to join the Global EdTerps community in the College of Education to learn how COE instructors are using technology to connect their students and research to the international community. Instructors will share emerging research on virtual exchanges, innovative pedagogical techniques, and UMD resources for adding a global element to your course. 
  • Speakers: Dr. Candace Moore, Dr. Taylor Woodman & Ph.D. Candidate Greg Weaver

2:00-4:00 PM: DC International Student & Alumni Career Fair

University Career Center


Attend the virtual DC International Student & Alumni Career Fair on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 from 2- 4pm EST to meet with employers hiring international candidates for opportunities in the U.S. and around the globe. Find opportunities for CPT, OPT, AT or sponsored positions in the U.S. Or meet with a global company hiring for positions around the world! 

As always, meet with your career & international student advisors before attending to prepare for the fair and get the most out it. 

For additional information, contact Charlene Kuo at


3:00 PM: Indigenous Representation in National Politics. A conversation with Adolfo Millabur Ñancuil, Representative of the Mapuche People in the Chilean Constitutional Convention (2021-2022)
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center
Room 1101  |  Morrill Hall 
(in Spanish, with English translation)
On Wednesday November 16, LACS will host the Mapuche leader and politician Adolfo Millabur Ñancuil (Chile) for the day as part of a collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania's CLALS. Sr. Millabur will give a talk (in Spanish with a Spanish-English interpreter) on his experiences as an Indigenous leader, being the first Mapuche to be a mayor in Chile, and a member of the recent Chilean Constitutional Convention, where he represented the Mapuche Nation through a reserved seat.  This event is in person only (no zoom option).
3:30 PM: International Movie Screening: Facing Mirrors (Iran, 2011; directed by N. Azarbayjani)
School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Multipurpose Room, Lower Level. | St. Mary's Hall
Join us for this viewing and discussion, led by Dr. Marjan Moosavi, Lecturer in Persian Studies and Performing Arts in the UMD Roshan Institute for Persian Studies
4:00 PMThe Evolution of Employment: Job Searching During COVID-19


Virtual  Register now >>

Join career expert and GoinGlobal founder Mary Anne Thompson as she explores proven strategies and tactics for helping job seekers achieve their career objectives in an employment market transformed by the COVID pandemic.

6:00 PM: China’s Rise, the Taiwan Issue, and Prospects for Conflict and Cooperation in US-China Relations

Center for East Asian Studies Occasional Forum

Multipurpose Room, Lower Level  |  St. Mary’s Hall

Please join us for a two-part event that will consider key contemporary challenges in the US-China relationship. Refreshments will be served.

  • Prospects for Conflict in the Taiwan Strait: An in-person talk by Dr. Scott L. Kastner, Professor of Government and Politics at UMD and author of three books on China affairs.

  • CHINA Town Hall, a webcast discussion organized by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and featuring Hon. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., former US Ambassador to Russia, China, and Singapore.

6:00 PM CGBP Pathways Course Info Session

Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for Global Business 

Virtual  |  Attend the info session

Learn about the new one-credit course that will prepare you for the Certified Global Business Professional exam from NASBITE International. Open to undergraduate and graduate students.


Thursday, November 17

12:00 PM Predicting Acute Malnutrition for Early Warning and Anticipatory Action on Food Security Crises

Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM, School of Public Policy)
SPP Building, Room 2202

Dr. David Backer, Research Professor, UMD School of Public Policy and Research Director, CISSM, will discuss a project undertaken in partnership with Action Against Hunger, a leading international NGO. Food insecurity resulting in acute malnutrition poses a major, persistent challenge to the international community. An estimated 45 million children (6.7%) under the age of 5 were affected around the world as of 2020. Humanitarian stakeholders have lacked timely, evidence-based, objective projections of acute malnutrition that are vital to facilitate anticipation and action ahead of crises. An emergent alternative is statistical modeling that leverages available historical data to ascertain patterns of relationships, which are combined with the latest information on factors to enable reliable forecasting. More info.

1:30 PM: Global Poverty Minor Information Session and Meet and Greet.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC)

Global Crossroads Atrium  |  HJ Patterson

Come join us for informal conversation with other students and program staff of the Global Poverty Minor, which develops in participants an awareness and understanding of the dimensions of global poverty, its causes and consequences, and the scope of policies aimed at poverty alleviation.  Students of all majors are welcomed to declare this as a minor

2:00 PM: Global Internship Information Session

Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for Global Business 

Virtual  |  Attend the info session

Learn about how you can spend the summer of a lifetime working abroad at a guaranteed internship.

2:30 PM: International Coffee Hour

International Student and Scholar Services

McKeldin Mall Steps

5:00 PM: UMD Sustainable Ocean Alliance documentary screening and discussion: Chasing Coral

UMD Sustainable Ocean Alliance

Global Crossroads Atrium  |  HJ Patterson

The Sustainable Ocean Alliance at UMD will be screening Chasing Coral. Created using over 500 hours of underwater footage captured from 2014 - 2017, the film documents the most severe coral bleaching event in history. During this time, 75% of corals suffered or died from heat stress brought on by climate change. If nothing changes, it is predicted that 90% of coral reefs will be lost by 2050. Join us during International Education Week to witness this reality, learn the science, and reflect and discuss what we can do together.

Friday, November 18

9:00 AM-5:00 PM: International Business Trek in Baltimore

Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for Global Business 

Onsite  |  Register to attend

Visit companies with global operations and learn about concepts in international business while highlighting industry right here in Maryland. The trek will depart from VMH at 9 a.m. and return by 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Opened to undergraduate and graduate students.




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In past years, IEW has seen UMD welcome diplomats, internationally focused journalists, musicians, and more. Departments and student organizations have held panel discussions, screened films and hosted cultural festivities. IEW programs can be small in scale or for large audiences, virtual or in-person.

Need a space for your IEW event? Consider using the Global Crossroads atrium in H.J. Patterson Hall (no charge)! Just reach out to us at