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Lehigh University is celebrating International Education Week (IEW) November 15-19, 2021.

IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. It’s a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more >

This year, we have an additional reason to celebrate. Lehigh has been recognized by NAFSA: Association of International Education for excellence in campus internationalization, one of eight exemplary U.S. universities and colleges to receive the 2021 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.

Check out our list of events below to join us in celebrating our diverse population of international students here at Lehigh University!

Note: Some events require advance registration. See event description for more details.

All Week

International Food
Lehigh Dining

IEW Scavenger Hunt
LUAG – Lehigh University Art Gallery

Monday, November 15

International Parade of Flags
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Asa Packer Campus (Coxe Hall to STEPS)

Join the Global Union in marching across campus from Coxe Hall to STEPS!  This is the event that begins International Education Week, so we hope you can join us.  Sign up here!  Please note that we may not have your country's flag available, so we may ask that you carry the flag of another country.  

Belly Dance
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
STEPS Concourse

Stay near STEPS after the Flag Parade to see the Belly Dance Club perform!

International Education Week Kick-off
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
STEPS Concourse

Join the Global Union for International Education Week Kick Off 2021! This is a great opportunity to share your culture, experience abroad, Lehigh program, or office at the start of IEW! We will provide a table for you. Please feel free to bring items from your culture, share photos, create a poster, wear traditional clothes, etc. This will be similar to a country fair.  If you are interested in having a table at the Kickoff event, please sign up here.

Tuesday, November 16

OISS's Winter Closet
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Coxe Hall Room 204

The Office of International Students and Scholars offers the Winter Closet for international students in need of winter clothing. Many of international students have never lived in a cold climate before, so the Winter Closet can help them jump start their winter wardrobe with items donated by the community. Stop by Coxe Hall room 204 to see what we have available!

Educating Girls in War Zones
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual Event

The Lehigh University-United Nation Partnership presents this virtual discussion as part of International Education Week. Featuring the UNICEF spokesperson for Afghanistan, Save the Children country director for Afghanistan, and general manager of the Libya International Academy. Register here >

LIVE from Abroad
4:15 pm
Christmas Saucon Room 201

The world came to a screeching halt when the pandemic first started. Now, almost two (2) years later, Lehigh has students abroad for the semester for the first time since COVID happened. Do you have any burning questions? Do you want to go abroad yourself? Get the answers first hand and ask them questions about what it’s like to be abroad during COVID times, live from abroad.

LUAG Family Workshop: Kay Haring, Author of Keith Haring: The Boy Who Kept Drawing
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
LUAG Main Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center

Join us for a special story time and workshop with Kay Haring, sister of iconic pop artist Keith Haring. After enjoying a reading of Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing, stick around to chat with Kay and get your very own copy signed by the author! We will also create our own artwork inspired by the work of Keith Haring on display in the LUAG exhibition, Thinking through Drawing: Works on Paper, Drawings & Sketchbooks from the Collection and Community. Learn more and register >

Friendsgiving
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Asa Packer Dining Room (UC Third Floor)

Join us for this traditional American Thanksgiving meal. Register here by November 10 >

Wednesday, November 17

LUAG Spotlight on International Art in the Collection
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
LUAG Main Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center

2021 Simon Award Presidential Panel
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Virtual Event

Lehigh has been recognized by NAFSA: Association of International Education for excellence in campus internationalization, one of eight exemplary U.S. universities and colleges to receive the 2021 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. NAFSA welcomes international education leaders to join us for a special live-streamed event featuring leaders from Simon Award-winning institutions on November 17 during International Education Week. Learn more and register by November 16 >

Campus Internationalization Celebration
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Asa Packer Dining Room (UC Third Floor)

Join the Office of International Affairs in celebrating the 2021 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA, which recognizes Lehigh’s success in integrating international education throughout all facets of campus. This is our chance to gather with our campus community and say thank you. Staff, student or faculty – we couldn’t have done it without you! Optional: Please register here >

International Board Game Night
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UC 303

Sponsored by the Global Union.  Please join us for a light dinner while we play board games from around the world!  The GU will have a variety of games available, and you are welcome to bring your own to share.  No pre-registration is necessary.

Thursday, November 18

Campus Keynote with Dr. Dawn Whitehead and Lunch: Cultivating a Global Civic Mindset
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
UC 308

With its deep roots in civic-mindedness, a global civic mindset requires individuals to question their intellectual perspectives and their own identities while also forging a strong commitment to social and civic responsibility at the local, global and international levels. As students develop a global civic mindset, they focus on who they are becoming and how they can practice dispositions and skills in their civic and emerging professional lives. Dr. Dawn Whitehead will explore what makes a global civic mindset and, more important, how universities can provide learning opportunities to cultivate this development. Dr. Whitehead is visiting Lehigh as the Global Citizenship Scholar-in-Residence. Boxed lunches will be available for attendees following her remarks. Register here by November 8 >

OISS's Winter Closet
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Coxe Hall Room 204

The Office of International Students and Scholars offers the Winter Closet for international students in need of winter clothing. Many of international students have never lived in a cold climate before, so the Winter Closet can help them jump start their winter wardrobe with items donated by the community. Stop by Coxe Hall room 204 to see what we have available!

Faculty/Staff Workshop with Dr. Dawn Whitehead, Global Citizenship Scholar-in-Residence: Making Global Learning a High-Impact Practice
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Linderman Library Room 200

During this interactive, small-group workshop, Dr. Dawn Whitehead will unpack the term “high impact practice,” explore what makes an experience high impact, and identify approaches for how to design such experiences. High-impact practices are active learning practices that promote deep learning by promoting student engagement. Education abroad programs are considered among the most effective high impact practices. Faculty and staff who are interested in developing, are currently teaching, or are leading global programs (in-person or virtual) are encouraged to attend. Register here by November 8 >

Football 101
Goodman Campus
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Office of International Students & Scholars and Lehigh Athletics invite you to join us to learn about this traditional American sport! This event will take place on the Goodman Campus where representatives from Athletics will teach international students about American Football and give them a behind-the-scenes look at the football facilities. There is a cost of $27 to register for this event, which includes your ticket to the Lehigh/Lafayette football game and a 2021 Le/Lef t-shirt. Click here to register! If you have already purchased your ticket to the game, please e-mail Amanda Connolly with instructions on how to register for Football 101. This event is limited to the first 30 registrants.

LUAG CareWell: Connecting through Art
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
LUAG Main Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center

Join UCPS and LUAG for an interactive workshop that will provide space to explore connecting with ourselves and with others through art as you learn tips and tools for building a creative journaling practice. All supplies will be provided. Learn more and register >

International Voices Cultural Mosaic
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Event attendees will be guided by Mary Newbegin and learn how to create their own “Cultural Mosaic.”  Students will be provided with the supplies, light refreshments will be provided, and an opportunity for discussions focused on inclusivity and appreciation for diverse cultures will be guided by International Voices club members.

Friday, November 19

OISS's Winter Closet
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Coxe Hall Room 204

The Office of International Students and Scholars offers the Winter Closet for international students in need of winter clothing. Many of international students have never lived in a cold climate before, so the Winter Closet can help them jump start their winter wardrobe with items donated by the community. Stop by Coxe Hall room 204 to see what we have available!

Around the World Scavenger Hunt
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Lehigh University Art Gallery

Join the Global Union in finding your country with your friends. Are you able to live up to the challenge? Plenty of prizes are waiting!  

Diwali
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UC 3rd floor

India Club, South Asian Student Association (SASA), the Graduate Student Senate (GSS) and the Global Union present Lehigh's Annual Diwali Night!  Join us for delicious food while you experience incredible culture. No pre-registration is necssary.

Saturday, November 20

LUAG Family Workshop: What is your story? Inspired by the life and work of Gloria Naylor
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dubois Gallery, Maginnes Hall

What is your story? We all have a story, or many stories, that shape us throughout our lives. Is it an event from childhood that you’ll never forget? Or a special relationship or bond that you cherish? In this family workshop, we will be viewing the exhibit Gloria Naylor: Other Places and discussing the concept of personal stories. Then, families will be led in an art making activity where they will build a sculptural accordion book and fill it with their own personal stories. Register here >