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International Education Week 2022 Fostered Global Dialogue at UMD

International Education Week 2022 Fostered Global Dialogue at UMD

Nov. 18, 2022

This week, the University of Maryland joined education institutions across the U.S. and around the world in celebrating International Education Week (IEW) to highlight the value of international education and exchange, and the diversity that makes our community so vibrant. 

“When international students and scholars come to the United States –– and when Americans study abroad –– they bring their talents, perspectives and cultures to their new communities. And when they work with peers to advance research and knowledge, they spark innovation and forge bonds across borders that can last a lifetime,” shared Secretary of State Antony Blinken during the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors 2022 Data Release this week. “Ties like these are vital to working together to tackle global challenges.”

The importance of fostering this human connection so we can build stronger global collaboration was a hallmark of UMD’s IEW celebration this year. As IEW 2022 comes to a close, here is a look back at some of IEW’s globally-focused conversations, panels, distinguished speakers, cultural fairs, movie screenings and more!


Inaugural Global Dialogues

IEW 2022 at UMD was grounded by conversation and connection. OIA worked with campus partners to integrate Global Dialogues, which prompted discussion and reflection around our shared global grand challenges, into several events throughout this week. In creating space for these conversations, we share perspectives and ideas to advance meaningful solutions.  

Honors Global Communities hosted Global Dialogues in the form of story circles for students in the Global Communities Living Learning Program. This exercise allowed students to engage in a low-stakes conversation about their identities to build empathy and global competencies. Additionally, the Global & Federal Fellows Programs (GFF) hosted their in-person panel event for globally-minded undergraduate students interested in globally-oriented internships. This impressive group of GFF alumni discussed their experiences interning for the U.S. Department of State, Embassy of Spain, and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research Geneva, followed by break-out conversations around the global impact of these experiences.

Weekly Language House Language Chats took on a Global Dialogues theme as students gathered in the H.J. Patterson Global Crossroads atrium on Monday to connect with each other over discussion prompts and reflection questions while practicing their language skills. Lively conversations were carried out in French, German, Japanese, Persian, Spanish, and more! If you missed this event, you can still pursue language learning and global connection during Language House’s regular recurring Language Chats on Mondays during the academic year. 


IEW Programming from OIA’s Offices

OIA’s offices and staff were eager to get in on the IEW fun and, in addition to IEW Global Dialogues, hosted, sponsored or co-facilitated a range of globally inspired events.

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) and its International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) hosted the Around the Globe International Fair sponsored by Pepsi on Tuesday. The event celebrated the vibrance of cultures on our campus through food, games and conversation. The room was filled with students engaging with each other and sharing a meal, getting henna, flags from around the world, and an atmosphere of cultural celebration. 

On Thursday, students, faculty and staff gathered on the McKeldin Mall steps for the weekly International Coffee Hour to connect over hot cups of coffee and tea. Education Abroad (EA) and ISSS also co-hosted an early Thanksgiving celebration for international exchange students studying at UMD. This annual potluck invites incoming exchange students to bring celebratory dishes from their home country, as EA supplies the traditional Thanksgiving turkey!

IEW is not just for students. OIA ​Associate Director for Faculty Global Engagement/COE Assistant Clinical Professor of International Education Policy, Dr. Taylor Woodman, co-hosted the “Leveraging Technology for Global Learning” event with College of Education colleagues Dr. Candace Moore and Ph.D. Candidate Greg Weaver on Wednesday. These Global Classrooms affiliates shared emerging research on virtual exchanges, innovative pedagogical techniques, and UMD resources for adding a global element to their courses. 


A Campus-Wide Celebration of IEW

We were thrilled by the campus response to International Education Week this year. We saw a diverse range of events from UMD’s schools, colleges, departments, offices and student groups focused on global learning and cross-cultural exchange this past week. 

Film screenings, guest lectures, and globally-focused informational sessions helped create a robust IEW calendar that supported Fearlessly Forward and global learning opportunities across campus. Special thanks to the Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center, School of Public Health, School of Public Policy, College of Agriculture, Smith Center for Global Business and the Career Center for developing many of these engaging events. 

As IEW comes to a close, we are so grateful for the campus community showing up in a big way for global learning. We can’t wait to see students, faculty and staff continue to expand on their current knowledge, and leave the door open for new opportunities. To stay connected with upcoming global learning opportunities, news and events at UMD subscribe to the Global UMD newsletter.