International Education Week celebration is Nov. 16-20

Published: November 12, 2020 Author: Staff reports

International Education Week (IEW) at Ohio University, hosted this year through virtual formats, will celebrate “Global Interconnectedness” and promote and recognize how members of the Ohio University community have maintained and strengthened global and international engagement amidst the impacts of COVID-19. 

In years past, the IEW Global Engagement Awards Ceremony celebrated faculty, staff, alumni, and community members in recognition of the outstanding contributions to international education, global competency, cultural understanding, and/or international programs at Ohio University or in their fields or disciplines. In the revised virtual format of IEW 2020, the University community can explore and celebrate through the following online platforms and events.

Video Storytelling shares stories of global engagement and interconnectedness, which can be viewed on the IEW website. These short videos, provided by students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members, tell individuals’ perspectives and experiences in their own areas of global research, learning, teaching, and engagement. The Ohio University community is encouraged to explore and enjoy these stories on the program website. (  

Additional storytelling is welcomed and encouraged through social media submission, using #OHIOIEW2020 to connect to the Tagboard on, which features all community-submitted posts using the hashtag.

Students have an opportunity to be entered to win a $20 gift card for global engagement storytelling submissions throughout the IEW week, either by video submission or through social media.

Kudos spotlight the faculty, staff (classified and administrative), students, alumni and community members who are passionate about international education and are committed to supporting, building, and sustaining connections that advance international engagement. The Kudos are being collected and shared to the IEW website to celebrate and champion the impactful ways the OHIO community has thrived and creatively connected and supported our campus and global communities, despite the myriad of shifts in worldwide circumstances and new modalities of delivery.

Explore these Kudos ( and feel free to Give Kudos to those you would like to celebrate; additional submissions are welcome and will be uploaded through the week. 

Several virtual events will take place through the week, hosted by various departments and units across the institution which feature panel discussions, global research chats, virtual experiential learning opportunities, film screenings, and more. 

Event highlights include:

Science Cafe | Pursuing Climate Resilience in Unexpected Places — Nov. 16
Ohio University's Science Cafe series presents Dr. Geoff Dabelko discussing “Pursuing Climate Resilience in Unexpected Places” at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16.

Sustainability Film Series | TAKING ROOT: The Vision of Wangari Maathai — Nov. 18
Feature documentary followed by panel discussion.

Virtual Global Experience: Making empanadas with an Argentine mama! — Nov. 19 
CIS Abroad Argentina Site Director Marina and her mother will guide you through an Argentine empanadas making LIVE demonstration from their home in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Global Entrepreneurship Week: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Arising out of a Global Pandemic — Nov. 19
Featuring a panel highlighting recent examples of exciting new businesses that are creating solutions to some of the problems and risks inherent in the COVID-19 pandemic. 

See the University Calendar of Events for the most updated offerings. 

Additionally, the University community has the opportunity to support students, both international and domestic, through a newly launched crowdfunding campaign. This campaign supports international students, those students pursuing study abroad opportunities, and global and international studies at the Center for International Studies at Ohio University. The Athens County Foundation has agreed to kick off the IEW celebration with a generous gift of $2,500 to the International Student Emergency Relief Fund and an additional $2,500 gift when the fund reaches $5,000. 

For more information about the week, please visit the International Education Week website or contact the Office of Global Affairs at