Gaining a global perspective
In February of each year, students at universities across Canada celebrate International Week. At the U of M a number of events are planned to showcase the contributions faculty and students make, locally and abroad. The weeklong series of events is presented by the W.I.S.E. (Work, Internship, Study and Exchange) Resource Centre and the International Centre for Students (ICS).
By providing studentes with opportunities to develop their leadership skills and gain administrative and organizational experience, International week encourages students to think critically about global issues such as human, social and economic development, by looking at things from different perspectives.
“International Week gives students a chance to think globally,” says Darby Cumming, a student staff member in the World W.I.S.E. Resource Centre in the International Centre for Students. “Our events offer students a platform to develop their cross-cultural awareness, get interested in international issues, and find opportunities where they can use their skills to benefit their communities. International Week celebrates local organizations and student groups that, however small they may be, are making a big difference in both local and international communities.”
INTERNATIONAL WEEK 2015 EVENTS
Spotlight Session: Empowering Women
Join the conversation about empowering women locally and around the world! We will be hearing from U of M’s very own Dr. Zahra Moussavi, named one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women, and Alana Robert, the Justice for Women Student Group leader.
Wednesday, February 11 | 2:30 – 3:30 pm | 201 Isbister
Girl Rising: Documentary Film Screening
Hear the stories of nine girls as they face challenges and injustice in their world. Journey with them as they discover hope through education and are empowered to overcome the obstacles in their way. You will have the opportunity to interact with your peers and discuss some of the accomplishments that women have made and the challenges they continue to experience. (Presented by the Justice for Women Student Group)
Wednesday, February 11 | 5:30 – 8:00 pm | 224 Education building
Who’s Who in International Development
Discover what’s going on in the world of development at our annual Who’s Who event. This is a chance for you to connect and engage with organizations involved in the development sector, as well as meet other students and staff with similar interests. During the event, the Nahlah Ayed Prize for Student Leadership & Global Citizenship will be presented and the winners of the Global Colours Photo Contest will be announced. We will also hear from a few organizations working on exciting initiatives. Refreshments and cultural displays will round out this fun and lively meet and greet.
Thursday, February 12 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm | Fireside Lounge (1st floor, University Centre)
Did you know that the U of M has over 100 international exchange programs in over 30 countries? Check out the Exchange Fair to learn about our partner universities around the world. Incoming and returned exchange students will be available to answer your questions and speak about their experiences abroad.
Thursday, February 12 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm | Fletcher Argue (1st floor)
Charlie Hebdo and Beyond: A Discussion of Radicalism and Religious Intolerance
A panel discussion exploring the impact of radicalism on freedom of expression, religious beliefs and practices in today’s world, and how religious intolerance may impact society in the future. (Presented by the Global Political Economy Students’ Association)
Friday, February 13 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm | 301 Tier
Around the World in 60 Minutes
Experience the culture, language, and art of the diverse cultural groups represented at the U of M. Students will be hosting booths where you will have the opportunity to get a taste of their unique perspective on the world. Cultural performances and music are sure to create a warm and lively atmosphere.
Friday, February 13 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | Fireside Lounge (1st floor, University Centre)