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International Education Week Celebrated Nov. 15-19

Release Date: November 15, 2021

Haley Sue Robinson

Director of Communication/Public Information Officer

Marketing, Communications and Community Relations


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PUEBLO—Colorado State University Pueblo is celebrating International Education Week Nov. 15-19. This is an annual celebration celebrated every November to elevate the benefit of international education and the exchange of ideas and culture worldwide.

“Each year we look forward to celebrating International Education Week (IEW),” said Assistant Dean of Student Support and Advocacy, Bonnie Fruland. “Organized by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, IEW celebrates and promotes international education. It is an important part of the work we do every day on our campus at CSU Pueblo.”

CSU Pueblo participates in study abroad opportunities at universities in Asia, Europe and Mexico. Under these programs, CSU Pueblo students can study abroad for the cost of regular CSU Pueblo tuition and fees. The University also offers a reciprocal exchange program and has a contractual relationship with specific universities abroad.

The Center for International Programs and Inclusive Excellence is co-hosting with CSU Pueblo’s International Student Association (CISA) programming throughout the week open to students and the broader campus community for participation. The week’s activities include a scavenger hunt, a passport info session, shared experiences of students studying abroad, a tutorial about indigenous beading around the world and a social media takeover.

“International students are such an important part of our CSU Pueblo campus and provide such a unique and cultural lens to our community,” said Fruland.  “Each year we welcome students to campus, we’re excited to hear how international students experience our American culture and have them share their worldview with us too. We’re excited to celebrate our students and elevate their stories.”

Monday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon CISA hosts international games with students from around the world place in the Center for International Programs and Inclusive Excellence office in the Occhiato Student Center (OSC) room 104. After the games have concluded a campus-wide scavenger hunt includes flags from countries representing all international ThunderWolf students currently attending CSU Pueblo. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to pick up a scavenger hunt flag guide in the OSC room 104.

Tuesday, Nov. 16 includes a passport information session from 2-4 p.m. to learn more about study abroad opportunities. Students who attend have the chance to win a passport scholarship. This event is in OSC room 104.

Wednesday, Nov. 17 CISA hosts a student panel featuring international students and their experience at 3:00 p.m. at the OSC fireplace. The panel discussion is titled “Culture Shock- Views on Studying in America” and invites the campus community to better understand the international student perspective while living abroad and attending CSU Pueblo.

Thursday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Center for International Programs and Inclusive Excellence hosts Indigenous Beading Around the World in the OSC room 104. The event includes a tutorial of traditional earring beading and a discussion on indigenous art around the world. Materials will be provided.

Friday, Nov. 19 the Center for International Programs and Inclusive Excellence hosts a social media takeover on the CSU Pueblo Instagram account to share international students’ perspectives. Follow along by liking @csupueblo on Instagram.

“We hope our campus community will join us as we celebrate International Education Week, we’re excited to offer in-person programming again,” said Fruland. “This is a time for camaraderie, fun and education.”

For more information about the Center for International Programs and Inclusive Excellence contact, Assistant Dean of Student Support and Advocacy, Bonnie Fruland at 719-549-2332, visit the office in OSC 104 or email

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