The University of New Mexico celebrates International Education Week (IEW) Nov. 14-18 with a series of events designed to encourage more students, faculty, and staff to engage globally. IEW features internationally-themed events that will be hosted by various departments across campus.

Coordinated by the Global Education Office (GEO), this week provides support to departments, faculty, researchers, staff, and students who are interested in participating in international exchange.

"IEW is a prime opportunity for UNM to showcase its global expertise and engage and inspire students, staff, faculty, and community members to forge new connections with one another," said David Wright, director of GEO Education Abroad. "The UNM community is very diverse with over 100 countries and countless cultures represented. IEW is just one of the times of year when we can celebrate UNM's global reach." 

International education advances cultural understanding and the protection of cultural heritage while also preparing individuals to work in a global society. To honor those benefits and others associated with international education and global exchange, UNM hosts a series of events during IEW, which is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education established in 2000.

One of the featured events, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, features “Speed Advisement” for students interested in studying abroad. The advisement takes place in the SUB Atrium from 12-1 p.m.

Other events include:

  • Monday, Nov. 14 from 3:30–4:30 p.m. in the Dean of Students Conference Room: 
    "A Conversation with International Students: Relationships, Culture, and Decision Making" 
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Centennial Library: 
    "Geographic Information Systems at UNM" 
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the SUB Santa Ana room:
    "Five Tricks: A Simulation Game on Cultural Clashes" 
  • Thursday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the SUB Atrium: 
    "Global Translate" / Mini-Language Sessions 
  • Friday, Nov. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Dean of Students Conference Room: 
    "Understanding the Risks and Responsibilities of Taking Students Abroad" 
  • IEW will conclude on Friday, Nov. 18 from 8–11 p.m. at Bandido Hideout with the "Global Getdown," an energetic dance party with music from around the world. Admission is free.

Students participating in IEW are encouraged to fillout an event passport from the GEO office. After students record the events they attended for the week, they can return the paper passport back to GEO by Nov. 21 for a chance to win a $100 Lobo cash card, a $100 Bookstore gift card or a Study Abroad application fee waiver—a $275 value.

For more information on IEW and for a list of events, visit the IEW website or contact Danielle Gilliam at or at (505) 277-6051.