We Are International

K. Patricia Bouweraerts
Cultural and Diversity Fair Image

SGA's Cultural and Diversity Fair at TMCC, April 2016.

The V. James Eardley Student Center’s ceiling is now splashed with flags of every pattern for International Education Week celebrating students who welcome new friends from around the world.

Natalie Brown, PhD, Academic Advisement, Transfer Center and International Student Program Director is heading up a committee organizing the 2016 International Education Week activities at TMCC.

“More and more we live in an international and global society, and the more you know about faculty and students you’re going to school with and what is happening in the world, the more prepared you are to engage with the community in which you live,” she said.

About 50 students from more than 20 countries study at TMCC. Brown invites all in the TMCC community to take part in International Education Week.

  • When: Nov. 14-18, Monday-Friday
  • Where: Student Center, Dandini Campus
  • Big scratch-off map, “Where Are You From?” is an easy way to participate
  • Photo contest on Instagram with three winners receiving gift cards (see rules and deadline, below)
  • Henna tattoos and 15-minute mini language lessons by the International Club (I-Club)

First-ever Fulbright Scholar Event

“This is the first time TMCC has been awarded the Fulbright Scholar visit and we’ll be having Dr. Przemysław Osiewicz, Associate Professor of Political Science at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland speak about a very pertinent topic,” Brown said. “We’ve been approved to host Dr. Osiewicz through the Outreach Lecturing Fund, which is really exciting.”

  • What: Fulbright Scholar Lecture “Iran: A New Power on the Rise?”
  • When: Thursday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m.
  • Where: Sierra Building, room 108

The Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), a division of the Institute of International Education (IIE).

“The visit is thanks in part due to our strong collaboration with the University of Nevada, Reno and Sierra Nevada College—we’re all working together to make amazing events like this happen,” Brown said.

TMCC faculty are also taking part in the week’s events with the following presentations:

  • Marynia Giren-Navarro, “Navigating the Higher Educational Waters in a Highly Individualistic Society”
  • Corina Weidinger, “My Experiences as an International Student”
  • Tanya Farnung-Morrison, “The Great Exchange: International Education as Student and Teacher”
  • Cheryl Woehr, “Understanding Your Cultural Programming: ever wonder why we all do things differently?”

Instagram Contest

An Instagram photo competition is being sponsored by Academic Advisement. The contest is open to all TMCC students, faculty and staff. Photos are due on Tuesday, Nov. 15 and will be judged on how well they represent one of the three theme quotes:

  • “You have to taste a culture to understand it,” Deborah Cater
  • “The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people,” Anonymous
  • “Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit,” Jawaharlal Nehru

To enter photos, upload them to the TMCC International Club's Facebook page, or post them on Instagram with the hashtag #tmcciew. The winners will be announced on Thursday, Nov. 17 with the top three photographers being awarded gift cards.

Empowering Youth Through International Education

The broader theme of this year’s celebration is “Empowering Youth through International Education.” International Education Week is a collaboration between the State Department and the U.S. Department of Education, and the goal is for students and future leaders to exchange ideas and experiences.

The finale of this week every year is the "Night of All Nations", a festive evening at UNR that is open to the community.

“It’s the biggest cultural event of the year,” Brown said. “They serve food and present traditional dances and cultural activities.”

  • When: Friday, Nov. 18, 6-9 p.m.
  • Where: Joe Crowley Student Union

For more information about International Studies, contact Academic Advisement, Transfer Center and International Student Advising Services at 775-673-7062.

See Also: Full schedule of International Education Week events »