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Foothill College Celebrates International Education Week

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International Education Week (IEW), held Nov. 13-17, is a joint effort between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Foothill College has planned a series of speaking events for students and the community to learn about opportunities at home and abroad for becoming global citizens.

**All events will be held in Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313)**

Speaker Bios

Monday, Nov. 13

12 p.m. Read Global: Literacy and rural empowerment in South Asia

Naita Saechao Chialvo, Deputy Director of READ Global, will discuss her work in South Asia. READ Global establishes community library and resource centers with rural communities where a majority of women are illiterate, and most families live below the poverty line. 

1:30 p.m. Ireland & Anthropology

Did you know that every summer Foothill College students and staff go to Ireland as part of the anthropology program? Hear from instructor and trip organizer Sam Connell. 

3 p.m. Campus Abroad

Have you ever wished you could actually see firsthand what you learn in class or read in your textbooks?  Through campus abroad, you can have that opportunity! Learn more about this exciting program from college dean Simon Pennington. 

Tuesday, Nov. 14

11 a.m. Native Perspectives on Climate Change

*Co Sponsored with Native American Heritage Month/ASFC

Join international native rights activist Rochelle Diver, of the UN-affiliated International Indian Treaty Council, for an update on the current protests at Standing Rock and Native perspectives on climate change. 

1:30 p.m. From Foster Care to Fostering Global Connections: Turning Everyday Interactions Into International Opportunities

Carlos Collard, a former foster youth and first-generation college graduate who worked his way through UCLA, shares tips on how to become a global citizen through the local community and beyond.

3 p.m. Ups and Downs of an International Journalist

Sonia Paul is an independent journalist, radio producer and editor. Her work focuses on culture, power and powerlessness, identity and media, with an emphasis on revealing injustices and challenging assumptions. Her work has taken her to Japan, Uganda and India. 

Wednesday, Nov. 15

11 a.m. Why Global Studies?      

Learn about the new global studies major with college dean Kurt Hueg. This program is perfect for students interested in internationally focused politics, international organizations and issues that have no boundaries. 

12 p.m. MālamaHonua Worldwide Voyage: Island Wisdom and Global Connections through Ethnomathematics 

Dr. Furuto began training with the Polynesian Voyaging Society in 2007, and was part of the first international leg of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage on Hōkūleʻa from Hawaiʻi to Tahiti. Since then, she has had the opportunity to sail as education specialist and apprentice navigator on five additional legs. When she isn't sailing, Furuto is a tenured professor at the University of Hawaiʻi, Manoa. 

3 p.m. Fund for the Future

Fund for the Future is a student group that helps to raise awareness and to alleviate global poverty through microloans and donations to the poor in developing countries. Join professor Brian Evans and learn how you can get involved. 

Thursday, Nov. 16

11 a.m. The Red Hills of Mindoro: A Journey Of Service Leadership             
Learn about a service leadership opportunity in the Philippines from professor Laurence Lew and Foothill students. 

12 p.m. Peace Corps! What is it, why do it, how can I prepare?

Join Veronica Bucher to hear about her experience in the Peace Corps. Veronica graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2014 and immediately joined Peace Corps as a community health extensionist in the Dominican Republic. She served for two years in the Monte Cristi province near the Haitian-Dominican border. 

1:30 p.m. Life of a Diplomat

Dorothy Ngutter is the State Department's current representative to UC Berkeley. She assumed her duties as Diplomat in Residence for the Northwest Region in August 2016. One of 16 Diplomats in Residence across the country, Dorothy provides guidance and advice on careers, internships, and fellowships with the State Department to students and professionals throughout the northwest region. 

3:30 p.m. Cuba's Artistic Revolution

Join photography professor Ron Herman as he discusses how Cuba's Artistic Revolution and Foothill intersect.

Friday, Nov. 17

11 a.m. Global Brigades

Learn about Foothill's Global Brigades, who partner with rural communities worldwide to provide medical, dental, and dental hygiene care in a mobile clinic. 

12:15 p.m. The JET Program and 2020 Olympics in Japan

Learn how you can spend time living and working in Japan through the J.E.T. Program, sponsored by the Japanese government. Hear from J.E.T. alumni and program liaisons, and learn about new initiatives, including the 2020 Olympics.

3 p.m. International Alumni Panel 

International alumni will talk about their successes using Foothill College as a springboard for international education.