Event Proposal - International Week 2017

Global Engagement: Out of Many, One

September 25-30, 2017


As the Office of International Programs becomes the Center for Global Engagement, we are happy to announce the 2017 International Week theme, “Global Engagement: Out of Many, One.” Though we are many and represent immense diversity that we should celebrate, our hope for the future lies in our ability to connect with one another and collaborate. Global engagement, after all, happens right here in our own communities, as well as abroad. 

Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley and close to major metropolitan areas, JMU is strategically poised to be a hub of global engagement for our students, faculty, staff, and larger community.

Did you know:

  • The Harrisonburg community is one of the most diverse areas in this region: one of 33 Church World Service Refugee Resettlement sites (and one of the sites with the highest rate of refugee resettlement per capita) and one of the most diverse school systems in Virginia (56 languages represented, more than half of students have a language other than English spoken at home). 
  • More JMU students participate in study abroad than most of our peers (#1 for total number of students studying abroad on short-term programs) with 1,380+ students studying in 55+ different countries each year.
  • Our international student body has been increasing steadily over the past 5 years and continues to grow. Right now at JMU we have international students representing 75 countries. 

The Center for Global Engagement is committed to supporting and further encouraging cross-cultural learning and collaboration. Given our 2017 theme of “Global Engagement: Out of Many, One,” we invite proposals for creative opportunities to reach this goal – presentations, panels, workshops, performances, readings, and more.  

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