ROC International Education Week

As the world continues to navigate the pandemic and study abroad begins to resume, ROC Your Global Future will be hosting “ROC International Education Week” with a central theme of “Becoming a Global Leader to Address Global Challenges”. International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

IEW will be celebrated November 15 – 19, 2021. 

Following the themes of the ROC Conference, we will continue to focus on becoming a global citizen, reflecting on going abroad, going abroad and study abroad and your career. Events will allow for conversation, reflection and engagement with students in the Greater Rochester Area. We are also very excited to announce we will have a signature event with a keynote speaker. Below you will find more information on our keynote speaker, and a list of events that we invite you to be a part of. All events will be virtual via Zoom. If you need access services (ASL interpreting or captioning), please contact your University to submit a request.

Monday, November 15 

  • Traveling Sustainably at Home and Abroad
    Make smart travel decisions that can reduce your carbon footprint! This interactive session will give tips that you can use to travel with a peace of mind.
    Presenter: Hugh Anderson, Senior Study Abroad Advisor, SUNY Cortland

Tuesday, November 16 

  • Travel as a Political Act: A Conversation with Rick Steves
    Click here for a recording
    The global pandemic has caused a reckoning of global challenges, shedding light on racial and social disparities in every fabric of society, such as healthcare and climate change. Now more than ever, we need globally minded leaders to rise to these global challenges. Steves will highlight how international travel is more than just site seeing and trying new foods, but an opportunity for students to be Global Citizens and make a positive difference in the world.
    Interpreting will be provided.
    Co-Moderators: Jen O’Neal, Predeparture and Reentry Programming Coordinator, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Aleta Anthony, Director of Operations, University of Rochester
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About Rick Steves
Rick Steves is a popular public television host, a best-selling guidebook author, and an outspoken activist who encourages Americans to broaden their perspectives through travel. But above all else, Rick considers himself a teacher. He taught his first travel class at his college campus in the mid-1970s — and now, more than 40 years later, he still measures his success not by dollars earned, but by trips impacted.
Rick is the founder and owner of Rick Steves’ Europe, a travel business with a tour program that brings more than 30,000 people to Europe annually. Each year, the company contributes to a portfolio of climate-smart nonprofits, essentially paying a self-imposed carbon tax. He also works closely with several advocacy groups and has been instrumental in the legalization of marijuana in states across the US.
Rick spends about four months a year in Europe, researching guidebooks, fine-tuning his tour program, filming his TV show, and making new discoveries for travelers. To recharge, he plays piano, relaxes at his family cabin in the Cascade mountains, and spends time with his son Andy and daughter Jackie. He lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington, where his office window overlooks his old junior high school. Read more about Rick Steves here
Rick Steves believes that international travel is a powerful way to better understand and contribute the world we live in. But every international flight emits damaging carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to the climate crisis. To learn more about how to be part of the climate smart commitment, click here

Wednesday, November 17 

  • Envisioning the Future: Goal-setting for Study Abroad
    COVID-19 has put many things on hold, but our ability to plan for our future is limitless. This session will focus on planning and setting goals for study abroad experiences, including a discussion of common benefits of study abroad.  Time will be spent exploring our personal, academic, and career goals and sharing with one another.  Come prepared to learn, discuss, and engage with fellow students committed to broadening their cultural and educational horizons.
    Presenters: Roseanne Diflorio, Study Abroad Advisor, RIT; Sam Cardamone, Director of Study Abroad, SUNY Geneseo

Thursday, November 18 

  • International Service with Peace Corps
    Students will learn about meaningful opportunities to go abroad after graduation with the Peace Corps. Through Peace Corps’ two-year program life-defining experiences, volunteers get the chance to fully integrate into a host country community, where they live and work on projects related to education, health, economic development, environment, agriculture and youth development. Volunteers sharpen their skills in the field and are challenged with new opportunities, and go to work every day excited by the opportunity to make change. This session will cover our available programs, benefits and commitment, the requirements, and how to apply.
    Presenters: Teckla Persons, Peace Corps Recruiter
  • Post-baccalaureate International Fellowships & Scholarships
    This session will discuss post-baccalaureate fellowships and scholarships for students seeking to go abroad after they graduate. Some of the programs covered will include US Student Fulbright, Schwarzman Scholarship, Boren Awards, Critical Language Scholarship, Congress Bundestag/DAAD, Princeton in Asia,, and the UK scholarships like Marshall, Gates Cambridge, and Mitchell among others.
    Presenter: Dr. Michael Mills, Director of National Fellowships & Scholarships, SUNY Geneseo

Friday, November 19 

  • How Study Abroad will Help You Get a job
    In this workshop you will learn how to communicate the value of your study abroad experience to potential employers. We will discuss techniques to highlight your study abroad experience in your personal branding, resume, cover letter and interviews and share specific examples.
    Presenters: Jenny Sullivan, Director of Education Abroad & International Fellowships at RIT; Stella Plutino Calabrese, Director of Global Education at St. John Fisher College

Due to the pandemic and recent travel restrictions, all 2021 events will cater to students who have returned from study abroad, and students who are interested in pursuing international experiences and developing global leadership skills. 

Information regarding the focus of International Education Week was taken from U.S. Department of State