International Education Week 2018

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Join ISP in celebrating De Anza's global engagement with a series of events exploring a variety of international topics and opportunities!

Learn more about this national effort to promote global exchange and celebrate programs involved in international education on the U.S. State Department Website.

 Check out the full list of events below or click here to download the flyer!

Tuesday, Nov 13

11am Film Screening: From the Land of Gandhi

A different look at immigration.  Focusing on highly skilled migrants, Director Prakash Wadhwa presents a story of a humble request, a moral obligation, and a story of U.S. Immigrant’s dreams.  Followed by a Q & A with the director.  

California History Center

2pm Life of a Diplomat-- Dorothy Ngutter

Dorothy Ngutter is the U.S. State Department’s current representative to UC Berkeley. She assumed her duties as Diplomat in Residence for the Northwest Region in August 2016. One of 16 Diplomats in Residence across the country, Dorothy provides guidance and advice on careers, internships, and fellowships with the State Department to students and professionals throughout the northwest region. 

Conference Room A/B, Campus Center

Wednesday, Nov 14

All events in Conference Room A, Campus Center

10am Literacy and Rural Empowerment in Southeast Asia-- Naita Chialvo

Naita Chialvo, deputy director of READ Global, is passionately committed to improving livelihoods and education to address the grand challenges of poverty and international development.  READ Global establishes community library and resource centers (READ Centers) by partnering with rural communities in South Asia, where a majority of women are illiterate, and most families live below the poverty line. All READ Centers are owned and operated by the local community. Each Center has a library, computer room, women’s section, children’s room and training hall. READ Global connects with local partners to offer trainings in education, economic empowerment, technology and women’s empowerment.

11:30am Asian Law Alliance: Working for Justice, Dignity, and Equality-- Kiriko Takahashi

Kiriko Takahashi joined Asian Law Alliance as a staff attorney in 2012. Soon after she was hired, she initiated a weekday clinic to assist clients applying for various forms of immigration relief as well as developed and built ALA’s pool of volunteer lawyers and community members. The weekday clinic enabled ALA to assist with refugee adjustments of status, naturalization, DACA, petitions for family members and other immigration petitions. After a two-year hiatus, Kiriko returned to ALA in 2017. She currently focuses on the Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA) and U visa cases. Kiriko obtained her B.A. at the University of California, Los Angeles, and her J.D. at Southwestern Law School. Kiriko is a native Japanese speaker.

1pm Peace Corps: What, Why and How?-- Veronica Bucher

Veronica Bucher will share her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer and answer questions about the whys and hows of becoming a volunteer.

3pm De Anza International Alumni Panel

Vasco Yasenov is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. Prior to this, he was an international student at De Anza, received a PhD in Economics from UC Davis and was a postdoctoral scholar in UC Berkeley. He is originally from Bulgaria. He does academic research in applied microeconomics and applied statistics. 

Karis Chang is the Center Director of Flex College Prep in Cupertino and formerly a De Anza international student.

Thursday, November 15

All events in Conference Room A, Campus Center

11am Film Screening: Without a Net

Director Kelly J. Richardson's film follows four young acrobats in Rio who are striving to keep balance atop an extremely fine line. Q&A to follow.

12:30pm International Student Workshop: Navigating College Life & Avoiding the Pitfalls

Being away hundreds of miles from your home and family can cause homesickness, depression, and feelings of loneliness. Come learn about how to navigate life at De Anza, discuss the major challenges of being an international student and how to build your self-efficacy by using winning strategies.

2pm Nature as a Classroom-- Ramnath Chandrasekhar

Ramnath Chandrasekhar is an environmental educator who believes that ‘nature is a classroom without boundaries’. Through pictures and short video clips, he will take us on a journey from the rainforests of the Western Ghats Mountains to the high peaks of the Himalayas, and, from along the River Ganges to remote corners of India’s far North East. These will be connected to the need for reimagining ways we learn about nature and take part in conservation through service learning, for a sustainable planet for us (which includes forests and wildlife), and for our future generations. This one-hour session will include the talk followed by an interaction with the students.

3pm De Anza Alumnus at Apple-- Zeynep Erturkoglu

She is originally from Istanbul, Turkey. She received her AA Degree from De Anza ( Class of 2009). Later, she transferred to UCSD, where she received a BA degree in Economics in 2011. She holds a MBA from SJSU and currently working as a Financial Analyst at Apple.

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