Spelman College is going global, Nov. 16-20.

From a “Parade of Nations” to two Spelman alumnae sharing their study abroad and international travel experiences, the College will celebrate International Education Week, which spotlights the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

Held in collaboration with Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, IEW will feature opening remarks from Dimeji Togunde, Ph.D., associate provost for global education and professor of international studies, as well as talks from guest speaker and Fulbright Fellow Clarissa M. Davis, C’2008, on “Reflections of Lessons I Learned Abroad,” and Ouleye Ndoye, C’2007, who will discuss the importance of gaining valuable work experience, exploring the world, and finding the right fellowship to pay for it.

Dr. Togunde said Spelman is proud to be among many colleges and universities in the nation celebrating the benefits of receiving international students and sending students abroad.

“The celebration reaffirms our commitment to engage students with many cultures of the world,” Dr. Togunde said. “One of our early students, Nora Gordon, studied in Congo in 1888, while Flora Zeto came from Congo as an international student to study at Spelman in 1915. The legacy of these two women serves as the bedrock for the College’s sustained interest to expand its global outreach.”

A Bevvy of International Activities

During International Education Week, the Spelman community can also look forward to viewing a variety of foreign movies during the 2015 International Film Festival. Held in conjunction with IEW and sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Literature in collaboration with the Gordon-Zeto Center for Global Education, the festival will feature films spanning the globe from China, Belgium and Morocco, to the Dominican Republic.

Other activities include a “Taste of Nations” food sampling, study travel fair, and traditional Japanese dance performance. There will also be a workshop on Portuguese language and culture through song, IEW fashion show, International Games Day, and an Atlanta University Center “Family Feud”-style game designed to expose and mitigate cross-cultural differences.

International Studies major Joy Ikekhua said she looks forward to celebrating International Education Week. Last spring, she and a group of Spelman students traveled to Seoul, South Korea, through the CIEE-Spelman Intercultural Engagement Program since its inception during the 2014-2015 academic year. In addition to immersing themselves in the Korean culture, students also visited landmarks, climbed Inwagsan Mountain, and participated in a scavenger hunt around Seoul.

“Going to Korea made me realize how much I need to explore new places for myself,” Ikekhua said. “Being in Seoul taught me the importance of cultural competency and engaging with the local people in order to really experience a new culture.”

A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, IEW is part of the efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.