International Education Week

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. For more information, visit the official IEW website.

This year’s International Education Week will be held from November 14–18, 2022! We hope you can join us throughout the week and be sure to check if an event is in person or via Zoom.

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Time: 1–2 p.m.

International Coffee Hour: Rekindled Dreams for Syrian Refugees in Iraq

Presenter: Gwendolyn Clancy

Location: RDMT 114 or via Zoom, Meeting ID: 930 1236 0935, Passcode: CoffeeHour

Description: In June of 2022 TMCC Instructor Gwendolyn Clancy traveled to Iraq with a team of educators and artists with the goal of helping young Syrian refugees rekindle their dreams for their futures. In her talk Gwen will relate the experience of working in the refugee camp and share portions of the documentary film the team is now editing that conveys the students' commitment to finding a path to higher education, and in so doing to build a better world for all.

About Gwen: Ever since studying abroad in high school, Truckee Meadows Community College Instructor Gwendolyn "Gwen" Clancy has relished an ever-deepening appreciation of our global community. She earned a bachelor’s in French from Wellesley College in Boston, landing a post-graduate assignment at Lycée Honoré de Balzac, Académie de Paris and earned a master’s in communication from the University of Nevada, Reno. Over time, she’s traveled to various continents on work-related projects, including the most recent media project in Kurdistan, Iraq, and earlier at Le Jongle refugee camp for Middle Eastern refugees in Calais, France. An even earlier trip took her to Santiago, Chile to produce a film with students studying abroad about Finding Home. Gwen has also happily discovered the wealth of cultures calling the USA home. Over the past 15 years her family has welcomed students and young professionals to live in their Reno home for a semester or more. Hailing from China, Taiwan, Japan, Pakistan, Costa Rica, India, South Korea and Vietnam, they quickly learned to converse in English. One Chinese engineering student expanded his vocabulary by listening to her 8-year-old daughter read Harry Potter out loud. Meanwhile, her three children developed the confidence to set out into the world, studying abroad in Chile, England, Spain, and throughout Asia. Gwen and her family appreciate feeling like global citizens. With its supportive and inclusive community, Gwen sees TMCC as the perfect place to welcome international students, for the benefit of all. To her, life is a grand adventure when lived in an international world.

Thursday, Nov. 17

Time: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Korean Fans and Fun Games with the TMCC Art and International Clubs

Location: RDMT 114

Description: Make Korean Fans with the help of the TMCC Art Club and International Club – write your name in the Korean alphabet Hangul and turn your writing into a circular Korean Fan. Stop by one of the tables for some challenging fun and win some prizes: 1) Matching country names, outlines and flags; 2) Card games of 6 different countries; 3) Kahoot! with international questions. Try some candies from different countries and join in on the fun!