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International education week

Saint Martin's University and the Office of International Programs and Development proudly recognize international education week with a variety of activities and discussions aimed at celebrating the benefits of international education and worldwide exchange.

International education week is a joint initiative by the U.S. state Department of Education and is part of an effort that promotes educational opportunities that provides students with the skills and perspectives that they need to forge solutions to global challenges and develop into global leaders.

Explore your possibilities, find your direction: 2014 schedule of events

  • Weeklong programming
    Study Abroad Photo Contest
    O’Grady Library
    Sponsored by OIPD

    Raffle Contest
    Earn raffle tickets by attending events
    Sponsored by Residence Life
    At each International-Education Week event you attend, you will earn raffle tickets that will be combined into a drawing at the Super Epic International Trivia, Bingo, and Raffle event on Thursday, Nov. 20 @ 9pm. The more events you attend, the greater chance you have at winning amazing prizes! This year’s grand prize is a $100 Amazon Gift Card!
  • Monday, November 17
    Explore England and Ireland with Stephen Mead and Julia Chavez
    TUB, 3:00pm-4:00pm
    Sponsored by OIPD
    Hear how you can study abroad in England and Ireland with Stephen Mead and Julia Chavez next summer. See and hear the wonderful adventures from their previous trip. Experience the literary world of Shakespeare for yourself.

    Brazilian Cultural Performance
    NWCC, 4:30pm-5:30pm
    Sponsored by OIPD
    Experience the festive spirit and vibrancy of the Brazil culture through traditional Brazilian dances.

    Explore Global Faith Perspectives - Interfaith Reflection and Discussion
    TUB, 6:00pm-7:00pm
    Sponsored by the SMU Interfaith Club and Campus Ministry
    Student-led discussion on Interfaith concerns.

    The Uprising
    Burton Addition, 8:00pm-9:00 p.m.
    Sponsored by Campus Ministry
    The Uprising – an ecumenical service of prayer, praise and song – all are welcome. In the spirit of International Education Week, The Uprising will include spiritual songs and readings from around the world as well as familiar songs sung in other languages.

  • Tuesday, November 18
    Coffee Break – Explore International Issues
    “Human Trafficking: Closer Than We Think” with Annapatrice Clark
    TUB, 11:00am-12noon
    Sponsored by Campus Ministry
    Did you know that slavery DOES still exist today? Under the names of Human Trafficking or Modern Day Slavery, people are still being enslaved around the world and even here in the Seattle area. Come together with other members of the SMU community to talk about what is going on and why it is still happening, and how we can take action to help.

    Explore Spain with Jeff Birkenstein and Irina Gendelman
    TUB, 3:00pm-4:00pm
    Sponsored by OIPD
    Hear how you can study abroad in Spain with Jeff Birkenstein and Irina Gendelman next summer. See and hear the wonderful adventures from their previous trip.

  • Wednesday, November 19
    Explore Brazil with Tiffany Artime
    TUB, 3:00pm-4:00pm
    Sponsored by OIPD
    Come learn about how a short-term immersion trip to Brazil created opportunities for learning about the culture, food, music, dance, sports, history, challenges, poverty, and education system of Rio de Janeiro. Facilitating our growing connections with students and faculty from Brazil, the Brazil Cultural Exchange Program is a unique and exciting chance to experience this vibrant and complex culture.

    Explore China and Traditional Chinese Medicine with Fujio McPherson
    Harned Hall 117, 4:00pm-5:00pm
    Sponsored by OIPD
    Explore how Chinese culture and the tenets of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have influenced the concepts of integrative healthcare in the U.S. Hear how study abroad trips to the historic cities of Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai will emphasize ancient medicinal practices and how they continue to influence our concepts and perspectives on health today.

    Storyteller’s Lounge: Stories from abroad
    TUB, 6:00pm–7:00pm
    Sponsored by Campus Life
    The storyteller’s lounge is an event for the SMU community to share their stories with one another. All stories will be centered on international travels or studying abroad. Any students, faculty, and staff from the Saint Martin’s community are welcome to come and listen or take part in the storytelling.

  • Thursday, November 20
    Roundtable Luncheon with International Students
    Saint Gertrude’s Café, 12:00pm-1:00pm
    Sponsored by OIPD
    International students will be sharing on how they have “explored their possibilities and found direction” while studying at Saint Martin’s. Listen to the joys and challenges of living in a new culture and how we can help be a welcoming and friendly community to our international students.

    Multicultural Carnival
    NWCC, 6:00pm-8:00pm
    Sponsored by ASSMU & OIPD
    The First Annual Multicultural Carnival is a celebration of culture and diversity, showcasing games, food, and entertainment from around the world. Cultural displays, activities, and performances will highlight the great diversity of students at Saint Martin’s University.

    Super Epic International Trivia, Bingo, and Raffle
    TUB, 9:00pm-11:00pm
    Sponsored by Residence Life and Campus Life
    Show off your knowledge in various international categories, including language, geography, and current events! The winning teams will have an opportunity to earn extra raffle tickets for prizes. At the end of the International Trivia Bowl and Bingo, we will raffle off amazing prizes. Please contact Janie Sacco ( if you would like to participate in the International Trivia Bowl!

  • Friday, November 21
    OIPD Open House
    Old Main Rm. 430, 9:00am-11:00am
    Sponsored by OIPD
    Come meet the staff of the Office of International Programs and Development and learn more about all of the exciting international events and activities happening at Saint Martin’s. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Friday Faculty Lunch
    Inspiring Students to have International Experiences
    Harned Hall 117, 12:00pm-1:00pm
    Sponsored by the Office of the VPAA
    A faculty panel facilitated by Brenda Burns will share their personal stories and experiences from leading study tours, and they will discuss how faculty and staff can support and inspire SMU students to study abroad. This program will focus on short-term programs developed and led by faculty.

On international education:

"International education exchanges help students and educators around the world to understand one another better. Together, we must respond to the challenges of poverty and hunger, climate change, public health, and economic revitalization. Education is an engine for change in all countries and for all people, including women and girls, whose potential to contribute to global progress and prosperity is enhanced when they participate in educational opportunities. Through international education exchanges, we can build bridges of respect and understanding that will connect people and enable us to work together, now and in the future, for a better world."
- Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. secretary of state