International Education Week 2021

International Education Week (IEW) is a national program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. With 385 students from over 79 countries here at UCA, IEW gives these students the opportunity to share many facets of their culture with the community. Additionally, during this week we promote education abroad with the Office of Education Abroad, and to show how the work of academic departments and students can have a global impact!

All IEW events have been planned according to UCA COVID-19 protocols and strict adherence to these will be followed during all events. 

In celebration of International Education Week, the Center for Global Learning and Engagement invites faculty, students, and staff to attend the events listed below. 


Vodou: Danced Culture and Contemporary Dance Praxis, by Dr. Mario Lamothe: 7:00 PM, Virtual — Registration Only

Sponsor: Center for Global Learning and Engagement
Anthropologist, dancer, choreographer, and curator Dr. Mario LaMothe (Departments of Black Studies and Anthropology, in affiliation with Gender and Women’s Studies and Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois–Chicago) will deliver a virtual lecture and live dance demonstration via Zoom tracing the history and lived practices of Vodou as a danced heritage.  This presentation interrogates how these performances are physicalized, circulated, and deployed against the dominant representations of Haitianness in the world today. Register to receive Zoom link here


International Soccer Tournament: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Farris Fields Complex 
Sponsor: UCA Ivorian Student Association & Center for Global Learning and Engagement

Come join us for a fun filled day of soccer!  Sign up your team HERE. Matches will be 8 vs 8 with the winning team and most valuable player receiving trophies.


Global Expo: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Student Center Front Lawn

 Sponsor: Center for Global Learning and Engagement

Global Expo is an opportunity for all internationally related RSOs and departments to represent their culture or mission to the whole campus.  Attendees will get a “passport” to travel through the  Global Expo. After you have collected enough “stamps”, you will get a FREE T-shirt! [While supplies last]

Salsa Night: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Student Center Ballroom

 Sponsor: Latino Student Association

This is an opportunity to learn a variety of Latin dance moves. Students and friends are welcome to attend!


Conversations Partners: Connections through Language: 5:00 PM, Student Center 213
Sponsors: Center for Global Learning and Engagement & the Department of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, & Cultures

Did you know that with just a few words in another language, you can say a lot more than you think? Come learn useful expressions in a few languages, meet others at the university curious about languages and connecting with speakers of other languages, and hear about how engaging in languages in small ways can reveal profound things about other people and cultures.

Trivia Night: 7:00 PM, McCastlain Fireplace Room
Sponsors: Team Global & UCA Bear Hall

Bring your friends and answer trivia questions. Be ready to answer questions for the category ‘international’. Come with your thinking cap on. Limited spots available! Prizes will be given to the winners. Sign up HERE


Public Panel featuring Artist in Residence, Fabiola Jean-Louis: 7:30 PM, McCastlain Ballroom
Sponsor: College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

The Artist-in-Residence Program invites the community to attend a roundtable-style discussion with UCA faculty and local artists exploring the many dimensions of the work of Fabiola Jean-Louis, a renowned artist in the media of textile, sculpture, and photography who originally hails from Haiti and joins our residency program from New York City. Topics of discussion will include the featured artist’s process, professional trajectory, formal elements, art historical contexts and intertexts, representational regimes of race and gender, the role of the arts in activism, and dialogues between the visual arts and other cultural forms such as fashion. For more information, visit


Intro Haitian Creole Workshop: 11:00 AM, Student Center 213 
Sponsored by: Center for Global Learning and Engagement

Dr. K. Adele Okoli will lead an interactive workshop introducing participants to key elements of Kreyòl language, including greetings, basic pronouns, and personal introductions, etymology, syntax, proverbs, and cultural literacies of nonverbal communication. This workshop is free with the request–but not the requirement–that attendees make donations of $5 to the Haitian Bridge Alliance.

Center for Chinese Language & Culture Grand Opening Dinner: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, McCastlain Ballroom  — Private event – Invitation Only
Sponsors: Center for Global Learning and Engagement & Center for Chinese Language & Culture

The Center for Chinese Language and Culture is hosting an invitation-only dinner to celebrate its grand opening. Dr. Phillip Bailey, Associate Vice President for Global Learning and Engagement, will discuss how the CCLC will play a leading role in UCA’s global learning initiatives.


Bridging the Gap: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Student Center Ballroom
 Sponsor: Center for Global Learning and Engagement and Office of Diversity and Community
Come experience a night of cultural exchange with food sampling, music, dance exhibition, and fashion 
Thanksgiving Dinner: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, McCastlain Ballroom — Private event – Invitation Only
 Sponsor: Center for Global Learning and Engagement

The Center for Global Learning and Engagement is very grateful for each and every one of our international students.  During these challenging times, we want to celebrate UCA’s global community at a delicious Thanksgiving feast.  In order for us to have enough food, you must register by November 16, 2021.