International Education Week Explores Future Prospects through Cross-Cultural Discovery

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Cal Poly Humboldt is proud to announce the 25th Annual International Education Week (IEW), which promotes cross-cultural understanding and exploration of global perspectives from Feb.12-16.

 Organized in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, this event is open to the campus community and the public, embodying a celebration of diversity and global engagement.

“International Education Week is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about international opportunities like studying abroad, internships, the Peace Corps, foreign service, and international issues and problems,” says Economics Professor and IEW program lead Beth Wilson.

IEW events promote the importance of international education and bridge connections between the global and local spheres. Attendees can engage in diverse activities, including keynote addresses, lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and cultural showcases featuring global performing arts, films, and cuisines.

This year’s theme, "International Education is the Future: Transforming the World through Cross-Cultural Discovery," underscores the University’s dedication to fostering international education and cultural exchange. The events and speakers curated for IEW 2024 emphasize the importance of intercultural learning and tolerance in shaping a more interconnected world.

“This year’s theme is super important. We live in a global world, and it is essential to understand that world,” Wilson says. 

Keynote speaker Denise Stanley, an Economics Professor at California State University Fullerton, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the conversation on international education. With a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Stanley specializes in economic development in Latin America, drawing from extensive fieldwork and research spanning over four decades. Her keynote address, "A Regional Approach to Transformative International Education and Experiences: Lessons Learned from Latin America," promises valuable insights into interdisciplinary pathways and the evolving landscape of global education.

Other events include Peace Corps Day with three information sessions and office hours from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, and at 5 p.m. in the Library Fishbowl, featured speaker Lucas Wilcox, founder of Altruist Relief Kitchen will discuss how he started a humanitarian relief organization as an undergrad. 

Students attending IEW can earn one unit of credit through Anthropology, Communications, Economics, Geography, History, International Studies, and Political Science. 

IEW is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the International Studies Department, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, the College of Professional Studies, the College of Extended Education & Global Engagement, the International Advisory Committee, and the Library.

To see the full list of events, visit For more information about how you can participate in IEW, contact Beth Wilson ( and Nicola Matthews (