International Education Week 2020

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The International Programs Office (IPO) is excited to announce our celebration of International Education Week (IEW) November 16-20, 2020. This year’s programming is built around the theme of “Coming Together,” and features sessions on education abroad, professional and career development for international students, self-care in times of Covid-19, and more. 

IEW, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, promotes the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. IEW seeks to prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

The week is co-sponsored by the International Programs Office (IPO), Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI), Office of Professional Development (OPD), Graduate Student Senate (GSS), Student Affairs and Campus Life (SACL), Center for Multicultural Advancement Student Success (CMASS), Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH), Fine Arts Center (FAC),Student Legal Services Office (SLSO), and the Center for International Education (CIE),

See the complete schedule below:

November 16

International Scholar Meet and Greet

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Join IPO Staff for an informal meet-and-greet social with International Scholars.

Access the event via Zoom.  Meeting ID: 95261893585

Watch Party - Black Lives Matter in a Global Context

November 16, 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Anti-Blackness and racism have negative effects on all aspects of higher education internationalization. Come watch and discuss this pre-recorded panel that explores existing barriers and future possibilities for promoting racial justice through international education.

Pre-register here.

November 17

Self-Care in Times of COVID

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Join Professor Ian Barron to discuss a framework for understanding the mental health challenges of COVID as well as learning strategies to mitigate potential negative impacts.

Access the event via Zoom. Meeting ID: 93614004337

Job Seeking Advice for International Students 

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Join this discussion with Marcelo Barros, author of The International Advantage: Get Noticed. Get Hired!

Pre-register here.

November 18 


9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Enjoy sipping your coffee or tea over great conversation with UMass international community and staff.

Access the event via Zoom. Meeting ID: 91267068501

Pop-Up Virtual Education Abroad Fair

4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
An extension of our November 4 virtual fair, this event will utilize a new online platform where students explore virtual booths with over 60 international partners. The event is intended for students who are interested in studying abroad in summer 2021 and beyond.

Education Abroad Peer Advisor Jerry Chen will be available to answer questions for the duration of the fair.

Pre-register here.

Life After UMass - Immigration Panel

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Join Attorney Dan Berger to discuss a variety of immigration topics, including employment-based visas, permanent residency, and green cards.

Pre-register here.

November 19

Let's Stay Informed with SLSO & IPO

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Navigating Immigration Rights and Policies during COVID as an International Graduate Student. An Informative conversation with Director of International Student and Scholar Services Ken Reade and Student Legal Services Office (SLSO) Attorney Bernie Stark.

Access via Zoom. Meeting ID: 96997221860

Education Abroad Alumni Panel

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
IPO Peer Advisor Afia Abrafi ‘21 will moderate the Education Abroad Alumni Panel Thursday, November 19 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Featuring Laura Archambault ‘15 (Psychology), Patricia Camerota ‘16 (Communication), Eydis Lima ‘12 (Chemical Engineering), and Daniel Riecker ‘17 (Geography, French & Francophone Studies, Commonwealth Honors College), these alumni will share how education abroad impacted their UMass experience and post-graduate life. 

Access via Zoom. Meeting ID: 93253264156 

November 20

Post-Election Community Support for International Students

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Having complex thoughts about the election?Join us for a supportive conversation with staff from the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health and International Programs Office.

Pre-register here.

TAKE A MOMENT: A Mixer Sharing Culture and Celebrating Identities

11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Join in to engage in student activities and conversation to build connections amidst geographical distance.

Register Here.

Let’s Talk International Edition

4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Join us for a friendly and  confidential consultation with a counselor from the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH).

Register Here