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International Education Week
November 15 - 19, 2021
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International Education Week is a national event coordinated by the U.S. Department of State and Department of Education to celebrate and promote international education and exchange. It is a joint initiative to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment as well as attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange in the U.S. We believe that the more people pursue an international education, the more discoveries are made, global challenges are tackled, and we develop a better understanding of each other.  

Follow TCSPP Global on Instagram (@tcsppglobal) to view photos of International Education Week events!

All Week

​​International Education Week Recipe Book Contest

Across all campuses, we will be asking students, staff, and faculty to submit their favorite recipe from their culture or heritage. After submissions are compiled into a cookbook, the TCSPP community will vote on their favorite recipes. Those who submitted the recipes with the most votes will win a prize.

Voting is now open until November 18. View the recipe book HERE and click HERE​ to vote!

Organizer: Megan Marshall and Cedric Revera. Please email [email protected] or [email protected] with questions.

November 15, 2021

International Education Week Trivia

International Education Week trivia take place all day via Instagram (@TCSPPSoCal) all day Monday, November 15. Students who answer the most questions correctly will be entered to win a $100 bookstore voucher! One student will be randomly selected as the winner the next day.

Time: All Day

Organizer: Megan Marshall. Please email [email protected] with questions. 

Enduring, Multidimensional, Relationship Based: A Framework for Successful International Partnerships

Join us for a video and roundtable discussion about creating meaningful and successful international partnerships.

Time: 10:00 – 11:00AM PST/12:00 – 1:00PM CST/1:00 – 2:00PM EST

Location: Zoom Registration

Presenters: Dr. Michele Nealon, President of TCSPP, Gustavo Padilla, TCSPP Global Partner, Dr. Alisha DeWalt, Associate Dean of Online Campus and Executive Director of TCSPP Global

Recording: Please click here for the presentation recording. 

Experiences of International First Generation Students: A Round Table Discussion

Join us for a round table discussion wherein a group of students will share their unique experience as both international and first generation graduate students. At TCSPP, first generation students are defined as a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a graduate degree in the United States.  

Time: 11:00 – 12:00PM PST/1:00 – 2:00PM CST/2:00 – 3:00PM EST

Location: Zoom https://tcsedsystem.zoom.us/j/97878542856

Event lead/presenter and contact information: Lauren Friedman, [email protected] 

Recording: Please click here for the presentation recording. ​

Current SEVP guidelines that impact international students

Celebrate international students and international education system wide and discuss about current immigration guidelines and how they impact international students and the future trends.

Time: 11:00 – 12:00PM PST/1:00 – 2:00PM CST/2:00 – 3:00PM EST

Location: Zoom Sign up

Presenters: Bob White, Immigration Attorney at Masuda Funai. Facilitator: Cindie Zhou, Director, International Programs & Services    


November 16, 2021

Managing Change in the UAE Higher Education Institutions During COVID-19: Challenges of Implementation

The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown had severe global socio-economic and health impacts. Higher education in the UAE and Middle Eastern region were not exempted from this impact. In this talk, we will examine the impact Covid-19 had on higher education. Specifically, we will focus on:

  • business continuity and course delivery,
  • faculty, staff, and student accessibility,
  • academic quality, assessment structures, and learning,
  • research productivity,
  • government regulations,
  • faculty, students, and staff health,

With the shift to a complete digital environment, HEIs in the UAE found themselves under tremendous amount of pressure to meet the same level of quality by students, local regulators, and stakeholders. Despite the lack of experience in online delivery, most of UAE HEIs have met the challenge by adopting innovative models and technologies to ensure quality of learning. They emerged stronger and have gained insights into how to efficiently deliver online curriculum, better manage the COVID-19 challenges, improve the face-to-face instructions, and support student learning and development.

Time: 8:00 – 9:00AM PST/10:00 – 11:00AM CST/11:00 – 12:00PM EST

Location: Zoom https://tcsedsystem.zoom.us/j/93434772336?pwd=alVjL2laUGo0aEpOR0p1NjVnOUF2dz09

Meeting ID: 934 3477 2336

Passcode: 099668

Presenter: Dr. Abonamah is the president and provost of the Abu Dhabi School of Management in the UAE. He is a leading specialist in the Gulf region for innovation, quality management and entrepreneurship. His background is a in computer sciences and executive management. He has been a consultant for many global organizations and is a thought leader in the UAE in advancing innovative education and business strategies. 

Recording: Please click here for the presentation recording. 

A Global Footprint: Conversations with International Alumni

Join us for a panel discussion with TCSPP alumni that have lived and worked internationally. Alumni will share their experiences at TCSPP and how their education led them to a particular career path. The panel will feature alumni from International Psychology, Behavioral Economics, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Clinical Psychology! Participants will have the opportunity to ask panelists questions during a Q&A. 

Time: 9:00 – 10:00AM PST/11:00 – 12:00PM CST/12:00 – 1:00PM EST

Location: Zoom Register here

Organizer: Alyse Faour, [email protected]

Chicago Campus: international Coffee/Tea Hour

Join the Chicago Campus CSSA at an International Coffee/Tea Hour

Time:12:00 – 1:00PM CST

Location: Chicago Campus Diversity Center (Merchandise Mart 4082)

Take your personal & professional development to the next level -Study Abroad with TCSPP

While people around the world continue to grapple with COVID-19, TCSPP remains steadfast in its commitment to offering life-changing international learning experiences. After this time in history is behind us, travelling abroad with a TCSPP program will offer you the opportunity to explore our changing and evolving world. Join us to find more about how to study abroad during your study and what type of resources we have to support you.

Time:  12:00 – 1:00PM PST/2:00 – 3:00 PM CST/3:00 – 4:00PM EST

Location: Zoom Sign up

Organizer: Cindie Zhou, [email protected]

Theatre & Dance as Ways of Responsible Community Creation

Join us for a conversation about what “community scenic work" is and how this can be used in creating responsible communities. The speakers will discuss responsible management work in native communities throughout Mexico. As examples of this type of work, the speakers will discuss the work that Trazmallo IXINTI and Son de Tierra y Luna do with community scenic work in cities and rural communities.

Time:12:00 – 1:00PM PST/2:00 – 3:00 PM CST/3:00 – 4:00PM EST

Location: Zoom Registration

Presenters: Irene Galindo & Daniel Loyola

November 17, 2021

What in the J-1

Our recent J-1 visa designation now allows faculty and staff to take advantage of foreign talent to come to the U.S. to teach, study, conduct research and demonstrate special skills. Learn the rules and regulations on how to host a J-1 exchange visitor.

Time:12:00 – 1:00PM PST/2:00 – 3:00 PM CST/3:00 – 4:00PM EST

Location: Zoom Click to join

Presenters: Zehra Abbas, Specialist; Dr. Jenn Fullick, Senior Director, Community and Global Engagement

November 18​, 2021

International Psychology Publication: An Experience in the Peer Review Process

Dr. Lora Erickson and Dr. Viviane Pecanha will be presenting on the importance of and process for psychology professionals publishing cross-cultural scholarly work in international peer-reviewed journals.  There are unique, exciting, and sometimes challenging aspects of this process. They will identify their own experiences with APA's Division 52 journal, International Perspectives in Psychology.  They will further discuss the steps involved with the publication which included a lengthy process of creating a robust alignment between a qualitative, phenomenological study conducted in 2017 and the journal's requirements. They will identify their innovative data analysis conducted for the manuscript and the dissemination of these additional findings. Finally, Drs. Pecanha and Erickson will offer recommendations and lessons learned from their experience to encourage other scholars in psychology in their own international publication journeys.

Time: 9:00 – 10:00AM PST/11:00 – 12:00 PM CST/12:00 – 1:00PM EST

Location: Zoom 


Meeting ID: 957 3989 0572

Passcode: 578933

Presenters: Dr. Lora Erickson ([email protected]) & Dr. Viviane Pecanha ([email protected])

Insurance is challenging, but we are here to help

Have you been confused by the complicated American health insurance? You are not alone, and many Americans still don't understand how it works. Representative from LewMark, TCSPP's contracted insurance company for international students will provide information to help you better understand and answer your questions.

Time: 10:00 – 11:00AM PST/12:00 – 1:00PM CST/1:00 – 2:00PM EST

Location: Zoom Sign up

Organizer: LewerMark Insurance Company; Faciliated by Cindie Zhou, [email protected]

Ventanilla de Salud and Community Mental Health Response: A Discussion with the Mexican Consulate of Los Angeles

With the goal of improving the community's mental and physical well-being, Ventanilla de Salud focuses on providing free health related services. Join us to learn about the different initiatives that Ventanilla de Salud provides in order to improve access to primary & preventive health, increase health insurance coverage and promote a culture of preventive health among Mexican families.

Time: 12:00 – 1:00PM PST/2:00 – 3:00PM CST/3:00 – 4:00PM EST

Location: Zoom Registration

Presenters: Consular Mr. Luis Castaneda, Mexican Consulate, Los Angeles Facilitator: Dr. Breeda McGrath, Associate Dean, Online Campus

Chicago Campus: International Trivia Event

Join us for a trivia event at the Diversity Center!

Time: 4:00 – 6:00PM CST

Location: Chicago Campus Diversity Center (Merchandise Mart 4082)

Challenging your PDSO

Drop by during the hour and discuss with your Principle Designated School Official, Cindie Zhou about any questions and concerns related to your international status.

Time: 3:00 – 4:00PM PST/5:00 – 6:00PM CST/6:00 – 7:00PM EST

Location: Zoom  Join via th​e link​​

Organizer: Cindie Zhou,  [email protected]

Psycholinguistic Aspects of Cross-National Adaptation of the Trauma Screening Tools

Please join Dr. Grace to celebrate the International Education Week with the presentation on her international project across 12 countries. Dr. Grace will discuss her work as a Project Leader for the Global Collaboration on Traumatic Stress. Specifically, Dr. Grace will present her current project of working with the international trauma experts to translate the Global Psychotrauma Screen Child and Adolescent versions from English into other languages. Psycholinguistic aspects of cross-national adaptation of the trauma screening instruments will be discussed while focusing on best practices and challenges. This presentation is part of the 2021 Faculty Internationalization Project supported by TCSPP Office of International Programs and Services and implemented by Dr. Grace. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage in questions, answers, and comments on the presentation.

Time: 2:00 – 3:00PM PST/4:00 – 5:00PM CST/5:00 – 6:00PM EST

Presenter: Dr. Emma Grace

Location: Zoom


Meeting ID: 926 7717 5021

Passcode: 513690

Engaged, Resilient - China Now: "Post" COVID-19

Discussion about China's fight over COVID-19, how people handle isolation, stress, their kids, family, and work; their reaction of handling freedom and community safety; how people and government deal with local outbreak in Sep. 2021; what university policy/life is like during COVID-19 and now.

Time: 4:00 – 5:00PM PST/6:00 – 7:00PM CST/7:00 – 8:00PM EST

Location: Zoom Registr​​ation

Presenters: Mohammed Zawid Naseem, Utahloy International School Zengcheng, China; Danke Zhang and Nancy Zhang, The Asian Pacific International Education Association Facilitator: Cindie Zhou, Director, International Programs & Services

November 19, 2021

It is here to stay! Virtual Travel for Teaching and Learning

The session explores the pivot from in-country travel to virtual travel as a viable means for teaching and learning in international education, in higher education, and in sustaining global partnerships. The rationale and background for incorporating virtual travel will be discussed to enhance faculty/staff/students building of skills in different teaching and learning modalities. Examples will be provided in application of virtual travel in curricula.

Time: 10:00 – 11:00AM PST/12:00 – 1:00PM CST/1:00 – 2:00PM EST

Location: Zoom Sign up

Presenter: Dr. Patricia Perez, International Psychology, Online Campus


Contact Us

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