UNC to Celebrate International Education Week Nov. 14-18

Tamara Yakaboski

UNC's Center for International Education is joining colleges and universities around the United States in celebrating International Education Week Nov. 14-18. The week includes informative sessions and social events for students who want to learn about studying abroad and world cultures, and will be highlighted by a keynote address by UNC Associate Professor Tamara Yakaboski.

Yakaboski, who has traveled to more than 20 countries, will address the importance of international education and how, through her experience, it has empowered students' intercultural development and encouraged campus internationalization.

All of the week's events will be held in the University Center and are free for UNC students, faculty and staff.


"Intercultural Interactions: Facilitating Student Engagement"
10:10-11 a.m., Spruce A

Elaine Steneck, director of UNC's Intensive English Program, will share information about facilitating intercultural competence and supporting international and domestic student engagement on campus. Brunch provided.

"Cultural Awareness"
12:20-1:10 p.m., Spruce A
Erich Strehl, director of Greeley's Global Refugee Center, will present information about refugee populations in Greeley and fostering cultural awareness and connections. Lunch will be provided.

Partners of the Americas Presentation
2:30-3:20 p.m., Spruce A
Paired for over 50 years with Minas Gerais, a mountainous state in central Brazil, representatives of this non-profit, totally volunteer international group will share experiences, ideas and information about the organization. Learn how to be involved in an organization that will expand your view of the world and the way you see yourself.

Swag Your Ramen
5-6:30 p.m., Fireside Lounge

Enjoy all-you-can-eat ramen noodles while you learn how to flavor them with a variety of vegetables, sauces and spices from all over the world. Come hungry and bring friends.


Coffee & Tea around the World
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Lower Level
Take a break from studying to stop by and taste and learn about coffee and teas from all over the world prepared by UNC international students.


Faculty-Led Study Abroad Information Tables
10 a.m.-noon, Lower Level
UNC professors offering faculty-led study abroad opportunities will provide information about their programs. Programs typically focus on a particular topic, language or an interdisciplinary understanding of an issue and use field trips and cultural activities to enhance learning. Upcoming locations include China, France, Belize and more!

"The Value of an Outside Perspective"
12:20-10 p.m., Spruce A
UNC Professor Nancy Matchett, Ph.D., will present on her experience as a 20-year-old undergraduate who spent a term behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany in 1988. Emphasis points include the value of education: understanding oneself and the world; grades: feedback rather than credentials; and global connection: a sense of common humanity. Lunch will be provided.

Culture Night: Spain
6-7:15 p.m., Columbine B
Spanish exchange student Lucia Dorado Martel will share information about her home country, including bullfighting, traditional dance and Spanish cuisine.

International Trivia Round at Trivia Night
8-10 p.m., Ballrooms
Join the Center for Peer Education for Trivia night, including one round of international food trivia.


Study Abroad Information Session
12:30-1:30 p.m., Spruce C
Learn about Study Abroad opportunities for UNC students. Lunch provided.

Keynote Address: Tamara Yakaboski, Ph.D.
5-6:30 p.m., Pikes Peak Ballroom
Tamara Yakaboski, UNC associate professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership, will address the importance of international education and how, through her experience, it has empowered students' intercultural development and encouraged campus internationalization.

As the granddaughter of Polish farming immigrants, Yakaboski started her own international education with teaching English as second language in Poland and then South Korea before graduate school. Her own travel experiences have taken her to over 20 countries including researching higher education in India and the Netherlands. Her commitment to internationalizing her curriculum is visible through her teaching graduate seminars on international higher education and study abroad courses to Kenya and Mexico. Currently, she has a contract to write a book titled "Internationalizing Your Student Affairs Practice: Global advice for U.S. professionals" and continues to publish research about international student's experiences on US campuses.

Heavy appetizers and beverages will be provided.

CIE Globetrotter Photo Contest
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Lower Level
Check out UNC Bears' photographs from abroad. These highlighted photos are recent winners from the Center for International Education's Globetrotter Photo Contest, showing different students' perspectives from their time abroad.

Free Group Fitness Classes
Various Times, Campus Recreation Center
The Rec Center is celebrating International Education Week by offering free group fitness classes that include Cycle Circuit, Zumba, Power Pump, Ride & Relax, Yoga and more. See the schedule on this PDF.