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International poetry and medical missions featured…

International Education Week (IEW) is being celebrated at UT November 11-15, 2013.

IEW began in 2000 and is observed in over 100 countries including the U.S.  Objectives for this week-long celebration include the development of broader understandings of world cultures and languages and to highlight the benefits of international experiences in education.

International Education Week at UT begins with poet Ejaz Rahim reading his poem “I, Confucius” followed by a panel discussion and book signing on Wednesday, November 6 at 5 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts recital hall.  This event is co-sponsored by the Center for International Studies and Programs, the Center for Religious Understanding, the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and the President’s Lecture Series on Diversity.

Another important program featured during IEW is a lecture by Dr. Mary Kay Smith, director of public and community psychiatry at UTMC.  Dr. Smith will be speaking about her experiences in international medical missions.  This lecture will be held on UT’s Health Science campus in the Health Education Building room 100 on Thursday, November 14 at 5:30 pm.  This event is co-sponsored by the College of Medicine and Life Sciences Student Diversity Recruitment and Retention, HSC Student Affairs and Career Advising and the Eberly Center for Women.

For more information about International Education Week and to find a full schedule of events, visit the Center for International Studies and Programs website at

is a University of Toledo alumni and has worked at UT for 15 years in many capacities. His job titles have included Director of the Office of Recreation and Assistant Dean of Students. Jeff now serves as the Program Manager for the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement and is continuing his formal education as a member of UT’s current Executive MBA cohort. As a UT Culture Ambassador, Jeff believes that one of the greatest assets of higher education is its diversity and one of the greatest opportunities for life-long-learning is from the people around us.
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The Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement strives to create an organizational culture that is welcoming to all individuals regardless of their age, color, ethnicity, gender, religion, disabilities, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and national origin. This culture will result in an environment that allows individuals to have the opportunity to excel in all aspects of their academic and professional endeavors.

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