Marquette celebrates International Day

Marquette Global International DayOn Friday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Marquette will host International Day 2014, an event created to celebrate cultures all around the world. Marquette is home to international students from 68 countries, each of which has its own unique history, culture, and traditions. All of these different cultures contribute to the culture of our university, and bring members of the Marquette family together.

“As the world becomes more global and interdependent, activities like International Day provide the Marquette community opportunities to enhance their knowledge of the world and to better navigate a global society,” said Susan Whipple, assistant director for the Office of International Education.

Students will be able to walk around and visit individual booths designed by international students and groups. From flags to clothing to specialty cuisine, the event will expose Marquette students to many different elements of cultures around the world. International Day 2014 will take place on the second floor of the AMU. For more information, email


International flag sashes available to purchase for spring graduates

Flag sashes Graduates walking in May commencement who hold citizenship from another country or who have gone overseas on a Marquette program have the opportunity to order an international flag sash to wear at the ceremony.

To purchase a flag sash, students must complete the online order form. Return the form and a check made out to “Marquette University” to the Office of International Education in Holthusen Hall, fourth floor, by Friday, April 11. The cost is $32 for a single country sash, $42 for a double country sash and $52 for a triple country sash. Flag sashes from all countries are available.

Contact Erin LeMoine, international marketing and communications coordinator, at 8-7289 for more information.


Global Village seeks ambassadors for the 2015-16 academic year

Flag sashesThe Global Village is a close-knit community that promotes cultural sharing and offers great opportunities for personal growth. Global Village Ambassadors support international exchange students in their transition to Marquette University and the greater Milwaukee area. Consider applying to become an Ambassador in the Global Village Community for the 2015-2016 academic year. All students classified as juniors, seniors or graduate for Fall 2015 are eligible to apply. Reasons why you should consider this opportunity:

  • Ability to live and learn in an international community
  • Furnished Campus Town West 3rd floor apartment (Rent divided amongst four roommates)
  • Form lasting friendships with others from across the globe
  • Participate in Marquette/Milwaukee programs and events
For more information, please contact Hannah Barr.


Institute of International Education plans to double number of students who study abroad by 2019


Girl holding a sign that reads "I am #GenerationStudyAbroad" The Institute of International Education recently launched “Generation Study Abroad,” a five-year initiative that aims to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by bringing together leaders in education, business and government. More than 150 higher education institutions in the U.S., the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and several foreign governments have already signed the Generation Study Abroad Commitment, pledging to give more U.S. students the opportunity to gain international experience through academic study abroad programs, internships, service learning and non-credit educational experiences.

Though at Marquette 23% of the 2013 graduating class studied abroad at some point in their academic career, nationally fewer than 10 percent of U.S. college students study abroad. IIE recognizes the importance of students gaining international experience to advance their careers, participate in the global economy and work across borders.

“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise,” says Dr. Allan Goodman, president of IIE. “Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders.”

As part of the initiative, IIE will launch a new scholarship program, the IIE Passport Awards for Study Abroad, to provide grants for inner-city high school students to study abroad while they are in college. In order to facilitate an ongoing dialogue about the importance of international experience, the initiative will conduct research to identify and break down barriers that hinder students from studying abroad, encourage institutions to share strategies and best practices to increase study abroad, fundraise for additional financial resources and track campus activities that expand diversity in race, ethnicity, academic disciplines and gender.

To learn more about Generation Study Abroad, visit the official website.


Empowering women through global education initiatives

International Women's Day This month saw corporations, schools, governments and nonprofits organize more than 1,000 events around the world in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8. Since 1911, International Women’s Day has encouraged the global community to recognize and honor the social, political and economic achievements of women, while drawing attention to gender inequalities and injustices that still need to be addressed.

Organizations like the Institute of International Education realize the importance of empowering women by giving them opportunities to pursue and succeed in higher education and leadership roles. Through its Center of Women’s Leadership Initiatives, IIE seeks to make education accessible for all women. This year, the initiative’s Higher Education Readiness program provided 100 young women in underserved communities in Ethiopia with the tools and skills needed to attend university.

Two other IIE initiatives, TechWomen and WeTech, are focused on empowering women and advancing women’s careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Last month, a group of TechWomen representatives and mentors visited Rwanda, where they participated in local events dedicated to reducing the gender gap in STEM fields. This month, another delegation of representatives and mentors arrived in Morocco to lead workshops on leadership and STEM careers for women and girls.

WeTech, a collaboration between IIE, Goldman Sachs, Google and Qualcomm Incorporated, aims to train young women across Africa, India and the U.S. in information and communication technology (ICT) careers.

“ICT jobs are experiencing tremendous growth globally, and engaging women at every level of STEM learning is a critical step in addressing the gender gap often seen in this industry,” said Shawn A. Covell, vice president of government affairs at Qualcomm Incorporated.

Click here to read more about International Women’s Day, or visit IIE to learn about the Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives.


Tips from an expat for living and working abroad

Thinking about living and working in another country? Expatriates are often thrown for a loop when they relocate, especially when moving from the Western world to a developing country. Valerie Oliphant, a graduate of Georgetown University and a Boren Fellow who spent a year in Nigeria as a peacebuilder, has some advice for staying mentally healthy and engaging with the host culture for those considering a job abroad.

Oliphant advises future expats to prepare themselves mentally before they leave. “Time abroad will be difficult, but it will also be highly rewarding,” she says. “Brainstorm a list of things that you normally do to de-stress. Then evaluate your access to these things.” She tells runners to consider if there is a safe place to run outside, or whether they can access a gym instead. For those who regularly see a therapist in the U.S., she recommends arranging weekly sessions via phone or Skype.

Learning a local language is one of the best ways to meaningfully engage with the host culture, Oliphant says, “even if your country primarily speaks English. Language can shape social consciousness, and it will help you greatly in your work.” Locals appreciate it when foreigners and expats make an effort to learn about the culture.

Oliphant adds that it’s important to strike a balance between experiencing the host culture and spending time with other expats. “Some expats only hang out with other expats, and end up missing out on really living in and experiencing their host culture,” she says. “However, I would not have survived Nigeria thus far without my expat friends.  Aim for enjoying the best of both worlds.”




CalendarFrom excursions to the Milwaukee Art Museum to holiday celebrations, the Office of International Education offers a wide variety of programming open to all Marquette students. Check our events calendar for an up-to-date schedule of events.


Peacemakers: Examples of Faith, an Interfaith Dinner Dialogue
Monday, March 24
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
AMU 157 

Building peace in the world is an important aspect of all major religions. Explore the inspiring witnesses offered by individual peacemakers. Come and share your own heroes. This interfaith dinner dialogue is taking place on Monday, March 24, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in AMU 157.  Enjoy a free Indian dinner.  All are welcome. The event is sponsored by Campus Ministry, Intercultural Engagement, Jewish Student Union, Muslim Student Association, Spirituality Education Awareness and Sikhism, and OIE.


Film Screening: ‘The Stones Cry Out
Tuesday, March 25
6 p.m.
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As part of Israeli Apartheid Week, Students for Justice in Palestine will host a screening of the film “The Stones Cry Out,” a documentary about the silencing of Christians in Palestine.


Jose Antonio Vargas: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant
Tuesday, March 25
7 – 8 p.m.
Weasler Auditorium 

A journalist for over a decade writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country, Jose Antonio Vargas’ personal journey contends with some of the most fascinating stories he’s covered, living a double life since he was 16 years old. After being born and reared in the Philippines, his mother, wanting to give her son a better life, sent him to live with his grandparents in Silicon Valley in 1993. When applying for his learner’s permit at the DMV, he discovered his green card was a fake. Vargas then realized he needed to continue hiding his true identity to avoid deportation and be able to pursue his American dream—a career in journalism.


‘Soup with Substance’ with Archbishop Hanna of Sebastia
Wednesday, March 26
12 p.m.
AMU 157 

Attend a special Soup with Substance with the Archbishop of Jerusalem, Theodosios Hanna of Sebastia.


A Third Republic?: Italian Politics Between Promise and Populism
Wednesday, March 26
4 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th floor

Dr. Franco Pavoncello, president of John Cabot University in Rome, Italy, and leading Italian political analyst, will speak on “A Third Republic?: Italian Politics Between Promise and Populism” on March 26 at 4 p.m. Dr. Pavoncello’s work has appeared in the American Political Science Review and the British Journal of Political Science, among others. He is a well-known media commentator on Italian affairs, a contributor to major international newspapers, and appears regularly on radio and television networks. A reception will follow the event.


McGee Lecture: The Practice of Forgiveness
Wednesday, March 26
4:30 p.m.
Raynor Library Beaumier Suites 

Social activist and peacemaker Azim Khamisa will speak at the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences’ annual McGee Lecture. Khamisa’s only son Tariq was murdered by a 14-year-old gang member in 1995. Believing there were “victims at both ends of the gun,” Khamisa transformed his loss through the power of forgiveness and reached out to the guardian and grandfather of the young man who murdered his son. Together, they work across the country to empower youth to choose a peacemaker’s life of non-violence and forgiveness.


Palestinian Christians Facing Apartheid
Wednesday, March 26
6 p.m.
Henke Lounge

In recognition of Israeli Apartheid Week, Theodosios Hanna of Sebastia, the Archbishop of Jerusalem, will present a keynote address.


Israelis & Palestinians: Past and Present.
Wednesday, March 26
7 p.m.
Emory Clark 111

Join the Jewish Student Union in welcoming Marquette alum and professor in the College of Professional Studies, Dr. Tim Crain in a conversation about the historic relationship between Israelis and Palestinians. This is the first of a two-part series. Dr. Crain taught courses in the Abrahamic religions and the Arab-Israeli conflict at UW-Milwaukee. A popular speaker, Crain has also lectured to community audiences throughout Milwaukee and Wisconsin.


IRS Tax Presentation for International Students
Thursday, March 27
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Marquette Hall 100

All international students present in the U.S. in 2013 must file with the IRS.  A representative from the IRS will guide students through the process, explaining the forms and requirements for filing.  Be sure to attend this helpful session!


Living Under Apartheid: Universal Struggle, One Local Solution
Thursday, March 27
6 p.m.
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To conclude Israeli Apartheid Week, there will be a moderated panel discussion featuring journalist Max Blumenthal, nonviolence activist Kathy Kelly, founder and editor of Al Meezan and political analyst Dr. Osama Abu Irshaid, and Rabbi Brant Rosen.


International Day
Friday, March 28
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
AMU, 2nd floor

Explore the many cultures represented at Marquette! Enjoy food, music and traditional arts from countries around the world.


Conversation Cafe
Sunday, March 30
6 – 7:30 p.m.
OIE Program Center, Holthusen Hall, 4th floor 

Every Sunday, the Office of International Education hosts a conversation cafe as a way for international students to get to know each other and the American culture a little better. This week, we’ll talk about things to do in Milwaukee during the spring and summer.


Troubled Political Transitions: A Perspective from Egypt
Tuesday, April 1
5 p.m.
AMU Ballroom B 

Political transitions are rarely a simple process, especially in the 21st century. Join Dr. Ann Lesch, professor emeritus of political science at American University in Cairo and expert in Middle East politics, for a discussion about the ongoing political transition and turbulence in Egypt. Dr. Lesch’s vast experiences and personal insight will bring current events into focus through an Egyptian perspective. Join us for a reception following the event.


Film Screening: ‘Rwanda. Through Us, Humanity’
Wednesday, April 2
7 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Library Beaumier Suites B & C

Step Up! Marquette will host a series of film screenings and panel discussions in remembrance of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. “Rwanda. Through Us, Humanity” allows survivors of the genocide to speak out on their current reality, ten years later. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Marie-France Collard.


Israelis & Palestinians: the Future.
Wednesday, April 2
7 p.m.
Emory Clark 111

The second of a two-part series, Dr. Tim Crain, Marquette alum and professor in the College of Professional Studies will discuss the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dr. Crain taught courses in the Abrahamic religions and the Arab-Israeli conflict at UW-Milwaukee. A popular speaker, Crain has also lectured to community audiences throughout Milwaukee and Wisconsin.


Film Screening: ‘Bruxelles-Kigali’
Thursday, April 3
7 p.m.
Raynor Memorial Libraries Beaumier Suites B & C

An exploration of the state of reparation and justice in Rwanda after the end of the criminal tribunal. The film will be follow by a Q&A with director Marie-France Collard and humanitarian activist Martine Beckers.


Panel: Rwanda 2014
Friday, April 4
5 – 7 p.m.
David Straz 105

Discuss Rwanda’s current reality in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the genocide with award-winning director Marie-France Collard, humanitarian activist Martine Beckers, and genocide survivor and co-director of “Komora: To Heal” Emmanuel Habimana.


Bayanihan Student Organization Culture Show:
BOYANIHAN: The Boys Are Back

Saturday, April 5
4:30 p.m. doors open
Weasler Auditorium

What happens when your friends and you are at the top of your game and everything just falls apart? Like every boy band, Boyanihan eventually fell apart and each member went their separate ways. Ten years later, two of them meet by chance and decide to get the gang back together for one last performance. Free admission.




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Laura McNabb
Nursing '15

Currently studying abroad at University College Dublin, Ireland
Global Correspondent

Establishing community has been the theme of my first month in Dublin. While navigating the campus, bus routes, and city streets is no longer stressful, our days consist of making a conscious effort to meet up with new friends. For the international students, this month is essentially freshman year, except definitely more graceful.

To meet more Irish students, I have joined the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Run program, the International Student Society, and the Ultimate Frisbee team (hopefully my lack of coordination will prompt some laughs?).

When abroad, we try to find balance – between pushing our boundaries while keeping reminders of home, developing a routine and leaving room for spontaneity, discovering Dublin and traveling to other countries, keeping in touch with friends from home and making new friends here.

In developing a new community in Ireland, I greatly appreciate the smallest conversations and interactions. When I serendipitously stumbled upon a band of street musicians in City Centre, I struck up a conversation with two German girls also enjoying the music. While we only talked for a few minutes, I treasured the novelty of this spontaneous friendship. It does not matter that I might not ever see these girls again – they walked into my life at a perfect time. This gratitude translates into life on campus as we learn to never underestimate the power of a small interaction, a brief conversation, or a smile.

Meeting friends in the class lectures can be difficult, so it takes very conscious effort to establish connections with other international students. Because I came to Ireland with twenty other Marquette students, it could be easy to fall into complacency and convene only with them.

While I love the familiarity of a miniature Marquette community, the conscious effort to reach beyond the familiar provides opportunity to learn about other cultures. Within this month alone, my international friends have invited me to celebrate Australia Day, Chinese New Year, and French Wine Night, in addition to our communal experience with the Irish pub culture. Each has been phenomenal and enlightening, learning through experience outside of the classroom.

Within an academic setting, discovering America through European eyes has been fascinating especially from a healthcare perspective. My most intriguing class, Politics of Health explores healthcare systems around the world. The class has been equally horrifying, awakening, and vital in my understanding of global healthcare. The lecture format aligns with Irish character – colorfully narrative, relaxed, and conversational, but serious when delivering important information.

I also plan, plan, plan. Flexible class schedules provide the opportunity to explore Dublin on weekdays and to travel internationally on the weekends. Weekend traveling is a type of cultural immersion, education through experience. I have heard of many international students who explore Europe, but who forget to appreciate their own city. With this advice in mind, I try to find the balance between exploring Ireland and exploring all of Europe.

While my coordination skills might need some work (as evidenced by ultimate frisbee practice), I hope that the next few months will prove to be a successful balancing act.

Read more from our Global Correspondents on the Marquette Global Tumblr Blog

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