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International Education Week 
November 13-17, 2017


International Education Week (IEW) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education to celebrate the benefits of international cultural exchange and education in the United States.  Colleges and universities around the U.S. use IEW as a time to highlight their international programming and initiatives.  The International Education Program (IEP) would like to invite the COD campus community to participate in this tradition and join our international students in the following IEW activities.  


International Art Competition 

In addition to these events, the IEP invites all currently enrolled COD students to enter our 2017 International Education Week Art Competition!  In recognition of the international perspectives, aspirations, and talents represented among our students, we are requesting artistic submissions of any type that represent the theme “Perspectives on Global Diversity.”  We also invite the campus community to vote on the artwork they think best captures this theme.  Voting will take place in the IEP conference room (CSSC 248) on Monday, November 13 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Art supply gift cards of $200, $150, and $100 will be awarded to the contest winners!       

Monday, 11/13 - Roadrunners Abroad

3:30 p.m. at the Indio Campus, Room 105

Learn about the fieldwork adventures of Early Childhood Education students in Costa Rica last summer, as well as opportunities to follow in their footsteps! 

In summer 2017, Dr. Wendy Sanders and Professor Maria Avalos led 14 COD students on a two-week, three-unit Early Childhood Education fieldwork experience in Costa Rica (ECE 39).  The time they spent serving and learning from the people of Costa Rica profoundly changed their lives.  Join us to hear about the lessons they learned, their plans for the future, and how you can become a Roadrunner abroad.


Tuesday, 11/14 – Situation Room: North Korea

12:30 p.m. in the Palm Desert CSSC Multipurpose Room

Join a diverse panel of COD professors for a lively discussion on this dangerous global dilemma.  

Few global crises have been as volatile and consequential as the current escalation in tensions between North Korean and the United States.  What are our options for de-escalating the tension?  Is there any possibility of peace on the Korean Peninsula?  Join Khanh Hoang, Sara Butler, Tony Clerc, Oceana Collins, and Cathy Levitt for a panel discussion on how this crises came to be and what might happen next. 


Wednesday, 11/15 – International Transfer Success      

11:00 a.m. Outside of the Palm Desert CSSC East Entrance

The IEP will host a variety of universities for a mini international student transfer fair followed by a university transfer application workshop.

International students face many unique challenges and opportunities when considering where to continue their high education.  To help our students prepare for continued success, we’ve invited six university representatives for an international student transfer fair.  The University of California and California State University systems will be represented, as well as private universities that offer international transfer student scholarships.  We will follow this with a workshop on university transfer planning and application preparation. 


Thursday, 11/16 – International Trivia Competition

12:00 p.m. in the Palm Desert CSSC Multipurpose Room               

Back by popular demand, the IEP invites faculty and staff to form teams of students for an exciting test of global knowledge.

Last year’s International Trivia Competition was an exciting afternoon of challenges, food, and fun!  The IEP and International Club are ready for round two with more challenging questions, a more interactive/electronic game format, and of course, the famous “IEPizza.”  The competition is open to the entire campus community.  Each team must have one faculty or staff team captain who recruits five students.  They do not have to be international students, and the IEP office is happy to help faculty/staff recruit.  Extra points will be awarded for cultural couture and creativity, so show us your international flavor! 


Thursday, 11/16 – International Club Social Gathering

4:00 p.m. in the Palm Desert Campus’s Outdoor Amphitheater (between the CSSC and Communication Building)

Join the International Club for an evening of cultural music and dance as they celebrate COD’s global diversity.   

COD’s International Club is a thriving, diverse representation of the college’s dynamic student community.  With members from Indio to India, they bring the world to COD and all of our students together.  The club would like to invite the campus community to join them for an evening of cultural music, games, dance, and friendship.