International Education Week

International Education Week

Join the International Education Centre in celebrating diversity, culture, and international education at UTM! From November 16th – November 20th, the IEC along with on-campus partners, UofT faculty, and community members will be talking about all things global! 

Participating registered UTM students are elegible for CCR recognition and Prizes.


2020 International Education Week Lineup (all session times are listed in Eastern Standard Time, visit https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/ to convert the times to your time zone).

Monday November 16th

Virtual Study Abroad

9 to 10:30 am EST - Travel to Guatemala through UTM Abroad's Virtual Brewing Justice Series!

Session 1 - Seed to Shelf 

Through these sessions we’ll learn about places where land and livelihoods collide with identity and examine why coffee and malnutrition often grow side-by-side. We’ll meet small producers, visit cooperatives, and learn all about the worlds second biggest commodity chain. Spots in these session are limited to allow for a more intimate discussion space, so sign-up before all the spaces are gone!

 

Introducing the Intercultural Development Continuum

1 to 2 pm EST - Introducing the Intercultural Development Continuum: Interested in expanding your intercultural fluency? Join UTM’s Student Development Coordinator of Intercultural Programs, Rebeca Mahadeo, who will take you through the Intercultural Development Continuum and share more about how you can enhance your intercultural skill set!

Tuesday November 17th:

 

Hearing Race

1 to 2 pm EST - Hearing Race and Vocalizing Racism: Rethinking how we perceive and talk about Accent by Vijay Ramjattan: When it comes to perceptions of speech accents, we often naturalize notions of racial difference. Moreover, when articulating these perceptions and offering suggestions on how to “fix” certain accents, we discursively perpetuate racism in its various forms. This presentation details both points by drawing on a range of examples such as research on intelligibility and “accent reduction” advertising. Its main goal is to highlight that accent is not an inherent problem in academic and professional communication, but rather, (institutionalized) racist perceptions of accent.

 


Wednesday November 18th:

Virtual Study Abroad

9 to 10:30 am EST - Travel to Guatemala through UTM Abroad's Virtual Brewing Justice Series!

Session 2 - Coffee Commercialization

Through these sessions we’ll learn about places where land and livelihoods collide with identity and examine why coffee and malnutrition often grow side-by-side. We’ll meet small producers, visit cooperatives, and learn all about the worlds second biggest commodity chain. Spots in these session are limited to allow for a more intimate discussion space, so sign-up before all the spaces are gone!

The Value of Living in residence Wednesday 11 to 11.45 am

11 am to 11:45 am EST - The Value of Living and Learning in Residence for International Students 

Student Housing & Residence Life at the University of Toronto Mississauga would like to share some preliminary results from a recent research study.  The study investigates the impact of living in residence on three indicators of student success: first year GPA, retention to 2nd year and persistence to graduation.  We were delighted to see significant positive impacts of living in residence for our international students.  Please join Jonathan Davis, Student Experience Research and Assessment Coordinator and Chad Nuttall, Director, Student Housing & Residence Life as they share highlights of this exciting research study.

This session is open to all but will be of particular interest to Faculty, staff.  It may be of particular interest to those work in Recruitment and Registrars offices, International Education or Campus Housing.

Interculturalism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 to 2 pm EST - Interculturalism Today: Fact or Fiction: As modern society becomes increasingly progressive, a puzzlingly substantial divide is emerging. Join us in this session where we explore the reasons behind this as well as the progress and obstacles faced in achieving Interculturalism

 

 

 

2pm - 4pm EST - Intercultural Film Series: Traveling in Films: Tri campus event hosted with UTSC International Student Centre and UTM International Education Centre   

Have you ever wanted to travel to a place because of what you saw on films? Have you ever visited a destination with certain expectations you got from something that you have watched? In this Film Series discussion, we will share about how different regions and countries are presented on screen. How have films and the media impacted our perception of a place, culture and even people who live there? Join our session to share your thoughts and critically discuss travel and destination films from an intercultural perspective. 

 

    5:30 to 6:30 pm EST - Let’s Talk: Adapting to Canadian Education: Join our student leaders as they chat about how to adapt to Canadian education. Hear some of their tips and tricks for academic success as an International or New to Canada student and connect with other students looking to make friends at UTM

    • Register in advance for this session: uoft.me/letstalk 
    • 5:30pm – 6:30pm EST
    • Open to: Students only!

     


    Thursday November 19th:

    A Conversation with Professor Sarah Hillewaert Thursday 1.30 to 2.30 EST

    1:30 to 2:30 pm EST - Talking International Life and Education: An Informal Conversation with Professor Hillewaert: Professor Sarah Hillewaert is an Associate Professor of Linguistic Anthropology at UTM. Her research has focused on the everyday lives of Muslim youth, living along Kenya’s Swahili coast. Her most recent work looks at the promotion of yoga as a new form of development in Eastern Africa.  She is originally from Belgium but has lived, studied, and worked in the United States, Kenya, and Canada for more than 15 years. As part of UTM’s study abroad program, Prof. Hillewaert has also taken students to Ghana and Tanzania.

    Tastes of Culture Asian Cuisine

    5 to 6 pm EST - Tastes of Culture: Asian Cuisine: How does food teach us about culture, community, and wellness? What stories and social or political contexts shape our relationship with the food that sustains us? This session will feature conversation on cuisine from the continent of Asia.

    IEC 10 Year Anniversary 8 to 9 pm EST

    8 to 9 pm EST - IEC 10 Year Anniversary Trivia: To celebrate IEC 10th Year Anniversary, we will be playing a variety of online games that will test your knowledge about IEC, as well as different countries and cultures around the world! Prize will be given to the winner! Don't miss out!

     


    Friday November 20th:

    9:30 to 10:30 am EST - Let’s Talk: Adapting to Canadian Education: Join our student leaders as they chat about how to adapt to Canadian education. Hear some of their tips and tricks for academic success as an International or New to Canada student and connect with other students looking to make friends at UTM

    • Register in advance for this session: uoft.me/letstalk
    • 9:30am – 10:30am EST
    • Open to: Students only!

    Gratitude Around the World Friday 11 to 11.30 EST

    11 to 11:30 am EST Gratitude Around the World: Join the Centre for Student Engagement team for a Gratitude Around the World session. Learn the benefits of showing gratitude, explore traditions of gratitude and appreciation from cultures around the world, and participate in fun trivia games to test your knowledge.

    You can win one of two Gratitude Pack’s, including a journal, pens, and other ways to show gratitude to your friends, family, and colleagues (safely delivered to your home).


     

      International Sports Trivia Friday 1-2 pm EST

      1 to 2 pm EST - International Sports Trivia with the RAWC! Test out your knowledge of all things sports from across our globe! An $85 RAWC prize pack including a UTM Eagles bag, lanyard, water bottle and Under Armour sweater is up for grabs for the winner of this fun and friendly competition.


      IEW + Co-Curricular Record

      This is a CCR Recognized program (https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/utm-engage/co-curricular-record). In order to earn CCR, participants must have attended a minimum of 3 IEW affiliated sessions (refer to schedule above). Once participants have attended the minimum of 3 sessions in order to earn CCR, please submit a reflection of discussing any of the following:

      • Your submission can take the shape of a 1-2 double spaced paper
        • Why is international education important?
        • What were your key takeaways from IEW? Any new insights or knowledge that you have gained?
        • What action will you take to continue to enhance your global learning?
        • What did you learn about interculturalism and how will you put it into practice?
        • How does interculturalism play a part in your life?
        • How have you experienced different cultures in your life?
      • OR Submit a video for our View from Here Video Series! More details below.

      All entries are due via email to rebeca.mahadeo@utoronto.ca by November 30th 2020 in order to qualify for CCR.

      Please note: Only registered UTM students are eligible for the aforementioned incentives. To ensure validity of responses, all entries will be cross-referenced with actual attendance at the various sessions.


      View From Here

      We know this year is going to be a different kind of experience for all of us. Most of us are not on campus, and many of us are taking our courses from a variety of countries around the globe. We might not be able to travel as usual, but with so many students around the world right now, what a great opportunity we have to learn from each other and virtually see some places we might not otherwise!

      We’ve created a video series that we need your help with. Every week, we will release a short video in the View From Here series, and we’ll travel to a new country and meet students just like yourselves, who will show us around and share with us what their day-to-day looks like. You might tell us about a traditional food you’ve been enjoying, show us some beautiful landscapes, teach us some facts about your country, or share footage of some local points of interest.

      Intro video: 

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      Microsoft Stream

      First week’s video: 

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      Second week’s video: 

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      Microsoft Stream

      If you would like to be featured and share your story, email (Julie.guindon@utoronto.ca)  and we will let you know more about how it works. You don’t need any fancy equipment, and you don’t have to edit anything. We do all that for you. The program runs until the end of March, so we can schedule you for a time that works well for you.