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RIT Global

International Education Week 2021
November 12 - 19, 2021

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.

At RIT, International Education Week celebrates the:

  • 2,000+ international students studying at RIT.
  • 400+ RIT students who each year step outside of their comfort zone to study outside the U.S. on short-term, semester, or academic year programs.
  • Many RIT students who will follow their curiosity to discover a world of people, ideas, and solutions as part of a future international experience.



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All Week - November 12th-19th

Virtual Global Learning Symposium
The 8th Annual Global Learning Symposium will go virtual this year and will feature presentations from students highlighting academic projects from their time abroad or as part of Virtual Intercultural Experiences (VIE's). Look for the 2021 Global Learning Symposium Gallery to view the presentations starting November 15th to the 19th through the link below:

Thursday, November 18th

ROC Your Global Future: International Service with the Peace Corps
Via Zoom - Register here 
If you've had an interest in the Peace Corps, this is your chance to learn about meaningful opportunities to go abroad after graduation with the Peace Corps. Presenter: Teckla Persons, Peace Corps Recruiter

ROC Your Global Future: Post Graduate International Fellowships & Scholarships
Via Zoom - Register here
This workshop will highlight post-graduate fellowships and scholarships for students interested in studying, doing research or teaching English abroad after they graduate. Presenter: Dr. Michael Mills, Director of National Fellowships & Scholarships, SUNY Geneseo.

Study Abroad/Work Abroad Panel
Gleason Hall 09-1129
Come to our student panel to hear directly from other Saunders' students who have gone abroad and hear from the co-op office on opportunities to work overseas.

Macaron Tasting
Fireside Lounge
Questions about the event contact: Imani Stone 

Frybread N' Friends 
Colby Kitchen and International House Kitchen (Underneath Eugene Colby Hall C)
The Native American Student Association, ALANA Collegiate Association (ACA), the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), Native American Future Stewards Program, and the International House are co-hosting a “Frybread n’ Friends” event where a member of the Native American Student Association, Sherry Sneezer (PhD student in Sustainability), is teaching attendees how to make traditional Navajo frybread and the various ways to eat it. Stop by to eat some delicious frybread and stay for the camaraderie and community!
Register in Campus Groups
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Latin Dance History: A tour of Argentina - Dance Workshop
Global Village Wellness Studio (GVP-1250) 
Register on Campus Groups
An interactive lesson on the history of the Argentinan Tango and the basic steps and concepts of the dance. Optional social practice after the event.
Questions about the event contact: Latin Rhythm Dance Club

French Club Trivia Night
Campus Center Room 1740 (Kathy Hall Conference Room)
Register on Campus Groups
A night of French/Francophone trivia complete with prizes!
Questions about the event contact: Imani Stone 

November 19th

ROC Your Global Future: How Study Abroad Will Help You Get A Job
10:00AM-11:00 AM
Via Zoom - Register here
Whether you've returned from a study abroad experience or plan to study abroad in the future, you'll learn how to communicate the value of an international experience to potential employers. Presenters: Jenny Sullivan, Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships at RIT; Stella Plutino Calabrese, Director of Global Education at St. John Fisher College.

Utilizing Telehealth & Advanced Digital Therapies to Improve the Lives of the Homeless
Presentation by Dr. Rupa Kalahasthi

Via Zoom
Dr. Kalahasthi is conducting translational research centered on bringing best care to the underserved. Her research interests focus on the cultural applicability of digital therapeutic platforms and digital screeners to accurately diagnose and treat the underserved. She will be discussing her current post-Doctoral project, where she is guiding clinical psychology interns from CHST and graduate level students from St. Xavier Mumbai in translational research projects. Join us on zoom for the presentation.
Questions about the event contact: Ava Restch

FIFA Tournament hosted by the Brazilian Student Association
EAS-3355 and EAS-3367
Soccer is an important part of the Brazilian culture. To celebrate that, the Brazilian Student Association will be hosting a FIFA tournament (on an Xbox console)! Each person will sign-up to be a part of the event and will be eliminated one by one until the final. The best 3 players will get a gift card.
Questions about the event contact Giovana Puccini

Vietnamese movie watch party!
Location: GOS-1154
Watch party for popular Vietnamese Movie "Dreamy Eyes" for everyone to come and watch
Questions about the event contact: Kris Dihn

Completed Events

Friday, November 12th

FEATURED EVENT: International Education Week Kick-Off Celebration
Fireside Lounge
Celebrate RIT International Education Week (Nov. 15th-19th) with food, games, prizes (while supplies last), activities, and entertainment! All students are invited to stop by!
Questions about the event contact:

Social Media Takeover: Prit Madhukar
Starting at 9:00AM
Join Saunders alum Prit Madhukar as she shares her day in the life on the RIT Saunders Instagram account! Follow along @ritbusiness!
Prit is the CEO of The Marketing Nomad, a Marketing Strategy Consultation company.  She graduated from RIT in 2018 with her MBA, and is an online marketing strategist who helps smaller businesses launch their social media presence.

Monday, November 15th

ROC Your Global Future: Traveling Sustainably at Home & Abroad
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Via Zoom - Register here
Make smart travel decisions that can reduce your carbon footprint!
Presenter: Hugh Anderson, Senior Study Abroad Advisor, SUNY Cortland


Tuesday, November 16th

Fulbright Info. Session
2:00 PM 
via Zoom - Register here

Learn about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program which provides funding to go to grad school, conduct a research or arts project, or teach English abroad. You'll hear directly from previous awardees and get insider information from the Institute of International Education (IIE), the organization that administers Fulbright. You'll also learn more about the eligibility requirements, award benefits, application timeline and strategies for a successful Fulbright application. Email with any questions.

FEATURED EVENT: ROC Your Global Future: Guest Speaker - Rick Steves: “Travel as a Political Act”
5:00PM - 6:00PM
via Zoom - Register here
Now more than ever, the world needs globally-minded leaders to rise to global challenges. Rick Steves, an internationally recognized TV host, will talk about 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. Watch via zoom or join the Viewing Party hosted by RIT Global in the Fireside Lounge.

Viewing Party - Featured Speaker Rick Steves
SAU, Fireside Lounge
Join RIT Education Abroad for a live streaming of International Education Week featured speaker Rick Steves - a travel expert, author, and TV host. Free pizza, win prizes!

Study Abroad Exploration Day
GOL Auditorium
Pop over to the Golisano Atrium sample some popcorn with international seasonings and learn more about study abroad opportunities for Golisano College majors. Chat with staff and student global ambassadors from the RIT education abroad office. Help us celebrate Golisano Colleges 20th anniversary and our RIT Global Campuses! No registration required. To request an interpreter, please visit:  Masks will be required
Questions about the event contact:

Global Business Environment Student Presentations
Max Lowenthal Hall (LOW) - Room 3115
Questions about the event contact: Hillary McCormick

Tips on How to Handle Risk while Studying Abroad
SLA - Room 1630
A presentation by Seth Tucker, Director of Global Safety & Student Services at Syracuse University Abroad
Questions about the event contact: Ava Restch

Wednesday, November 17th

U.S. Department of State STEM Diversity Virtual Career Fair
11AM-7PM (drop in when you have time)
Join U.S. Department of State STEM professionals and recruiters for a nationwide virtual career fair. Learn about STEM careers in the U.S. government (at home and abroad). The U.S. Department of State is looking for architects, engineers, healthcare providers, IT professionals, and more. Women, people of color, LGBTQ+, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to attend. Screen reader and live video captioning support provided. Register to attend here

IAESTE STEM Internships Webinar 
Via Zoom - 
We would like to invite you to our general info webinar session for students interested in international internship opportunities in the STEM fields.
The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experiences (IAESTE) United States is a reciprocal exchange program that matches U.S. students in technical fields with paid internships around the world. This is an opportunity to hear more about the program and application process.

Questions about the event contact: Maria Richart

International Artist Talk: Living, Working & Creating Art in Italy
2:00-3:00 PM
Via Zoom - Register here
Hear what it's like to live, work and create art in Florence. Rebecca Olsen is a visual multi-media artist working in printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, and video. She will talk about growing up in Italy, her creative process, and share a recent virtual art exhibition of her work.

ROC Your Global Future: Envisioning the Future - Goal Setting for Study Abroad
Via Zoom - Register here
COVID-19 has put many things on hold, but our ability to plan for our future is limitless. This workshop will focus on planning and setting goals for study abroad experiences, including a discussion of common benefits of study abroad. Presenters: Roseanne Diflorio, Study Abroad Advisor, RIT; Sam Cardamone, Director of Study Abroad, SUNY Geneseo

Social Media Takeover: Emi Moriuchi
Starting at 9:00AM
Join Saunders assistant professor Emi Moriuchi as she takes over the RIT Saunders Instagram account! Follow along @ritbusiness!
Emi Moriuchi is a marketing professor at RIT and author of Social Media Marketing Strategies in Utilizing Consumer-Generated Content. Dr. Moriuchi researches consumer behavior in a cross-cultural context.