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International Education Week 2021

November 15 - 19, 2021

What is International Education Week (IEW)?

International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

We encourage the participation of all individuals and institutions interested in international education and exchange activities, including schools, colleges and universities, embassies, international organizations, businesses, associations, and community organizations.  [Taken from

For several of these events, participants should plan to register ahead of time. Registration information can be found below. 

If you require accommodations for equal access to events organized by SUNY Geneseo, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services via email at, or call 585-245-5112 at least one week prior to this event.

Monday, November 15th

World101 Summit
1:00-4:00 pm

Hosted by American Democracy Project (ADP) and American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)

The World101 Summit explores the myriad of ways that faculty and staff teams from American Democracy Project campuses have collaborated to design and implement curricular and co-curricular programming to deepen student learning using World101 from the Council on Foreign Relations, a free resource established as a means to understand our role in the interdependent global society. This Summit provides a place to hear from students & faculty & staff, as well as a place to discuss additional ways to deepen global civic knowledge. 

Traveling Sustainably at Home and Abroad
4:00-5:00 pm

Hosted by SUNY Geneseo Study Abroad Office and ROC Your Global Future

Make smart travel decisions that can reduce your carbon footprint! This interactive session will give tips that you can use to travel with a peace of mind.

Tuesday, November 16th

Intro to Study Abroad at SUNY Geneseo
4:30-5:00 pm

Hosted by SUNY Geneseo Study Abroad Office and ROC Your Global Future

Interested in studying abroad, but don't know where to start? Join Study Abroad Office staff members as they introduce students to the range of study abroad options available to SUNY Geneseo students and provide guidance on making your study abroad dreams a reality.

Location: Wyoming Hall Main Lounge & Wayne Hall Main Lounge


Travel as a Political Act: A Conversation with Rick Steves
5:00-6:00 pm

Hosted by SUNY Geneseo Study Abroad Office and ROC Your Global Future

Location: Live watch party- Wyoming Hall Main Lounge & Wayne Hall Main Lounge, or

Register here to view from your own computer/device:

Rick Steves will join via Zoom

The global pandemic has caused a reckoning of global challenges, shedding light on racial and social disparities in every fabric of society, such as healthcare and climate change. Now more than ever, we need globally minded leaders to rise to these global challenges. Steves will highlight how international travel is more than just sightseeing and trying new foods, but an opportunity for students to be Global Citizens and make a positive difference in the world. Interpreting will be provided.

Rick Steves is a popular public television host, a best-selling guidebook author, and an outspoken activist who encourages Americans to broaden their perspectives through travel. A Times profile labeled him as “one of the legendary PBS superdorks—right there in the pantheon with Mr. Rogers, Bob Ross and Big Bird.”

Wednesday, November 17th

The Department of Languages and Literatures Presents Study Abroad Programs - An Information Session

2:30 pm

Hosted by the Department of Languages and Literatures

Dr. Cynthia  Klima, Dr. Beverly Evans Dr. Lori Bernard, Dr. Susana Castillo-Rodriguez, and Dr. Wesley Moraes of the Department of Languages and Literatures will present study abroad programs in Prague, Czech Republic/Vienna, Austria, France, Spain, Ecuador, Argentina, and Peru. 

Location: Welles 216

An evening with Elizabeth Allen: A discussion of U.S. Foreign Policy Priorities under the Biden Administration

6:00-8:00 pm

Hosted by Foreign Policy Association and the SUNY Global Engagement Program

Please join the Foreign Policy Association and the SUNY Global Engagement Program for the FPA-SUNY Global Engagement Program Speaker Series, “An evening with Elizabeth Allen: A discussion of US Foreign Policy Priorities under the Biden Administration,” delivered by Ms. Elizabeth Allen, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Global Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Liz was previously a Partner at global strategic communications and public affairs firm Finsbury Glover Hering (FGH), specializing in message strategy, project and crisis management, and executive leadership communications.

Prior to FGH, Liz served at the White House as Deputy Communications Director and Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama, culminating eight years of service in the Obama Administration, where she held a number of roles, including White House Director of Message Planning and Deputy Director of Communications to then-Vice President Joe Biden. In 2020, Liz took a leave of absence from FGH to serve as Vice President Kamala Harris’s communications director on the Biden-Harris Presidential campaign.

Liz is a Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Geneseo and a proud native of Buffalo, New York.

Envisioning the Future: Goal-setting for Study Abroad
7:00-7:50 pm

Hosted by SUNY Geneseo Study Abroad Office and ROC Your Global Future

COVID-19 has put many things on hold, but our ability to plan for our future is limitless. This session will focus on planning and setting goals for study abroad experiences, including a discussion of common benefits of study abroad.  Time will be spent exploring our personal, academic, and career goals and sharing with one another. Come prepared to learn, discuss, and engage with fellow students committed to broadening their cultural and educational horizons.

Thursday, November 18th

International Service with Peace Corps
2:30-3:30 pm

Hosted by SUNY Geneseo Study Abroad Office and ROC Your Global Future

Led by Peace Corps

Students will learn about meaningful opportunities to go abroad after graduation with the Peace Corps. Through Peace Corps’ two-year program life-defining experiences, volunteers get the chance to fully integrate into a host country community, where they live and work on projects related to education, health, economic development, environment, agriculture and youth development. Volunteers sharpen their skills in the field and are challenged with new opportunities, and go to work every day excited by the opportunity to make change. This session will cover our available programs, benefits and commitment, the requirements, and how to apply.

Post-baccalaureate International Fellowships & Scholarships
4:00-5:00 pm

Hosted by SUNY Geneseo Study Abroad Office and ROC Your Global Future

Led by Dr. Michael Mills, Director of National Fellowships & Scholarships (

This session will discuss post-baccalaureate fellowships and scholarships for students seeking to go abroad after they graduate. Some of the programs covered will include US Student Fulbright, Schwarzman Scholarship, Boren Awards, Critical Language Scholarship, Congress Bundestag/DAAD, Princeton in Asia, and the UK scholarships like Marshall, Gates Cambridge, and Mitchell among others.

Meeting ID: 884 0428 2763

Passcode: 456472

Take a Bite Out of Asia
6:00-8:00 pm

Located at the Interfaith Center (11 Franklin Street)

Hosted by Japanese Culture Club and Shakti

A celebration and presentation of the cultural foods found in Japan and South Asia. Learn about and taste some of the delicious foods that these regions have to offer! Allergy information will be provided, as well as vegetarian options.

International Jeopardy
7:00-8:30 pm

Location: MacVittie College Union 328

Hosted by SUNY Geneseo International Student & Scholarship Services (ISSS)

A trivia game where contestants will answer questions relating to international geography, culture, food, language, and more!

Friday, November 19th

How Study Abroad Will Help You Get a Job
10:00-11:00 am

Hosted by SUNY Geneseo Study Abroad Office and ROC Your Global Future

In this workshop you will learn how to communicate the value of your study abroad experience to potential employers. We will discuss techniques to highlight your study abroad experience in your personal branding, resume, cover letter and interviews and share specific examples.

Sushi/Kimbap Night
6:00-7:30 pm

Located in MacVittie College Union Lobby

Hosted by Korean American Student Association and Japanese Culture Club

Come get free sushi and kimbap and learn more about the Korean American Student Association and Japanese Culture Club!