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Global Ambassador Symposium 2016

To hear study abroad alumni speak about their experiences with international study, don’t miss the Global Ambassador Symposium on February 24 at 12 p.m. in Engleman A120.

Laos Global Ambassador Symposium

"In terms of diversity of and access to faculty-led study abroad programming, Southern is now “walking the walk,” says Erin Heidkamp, director of international education. With the recent addition of five new study abroad programs, destinations now range from Liverpool to Laos, and program fees are affordable compared to other institutional and third-party programs study abroad programs outside of Southern."

Cultural Fest 2015

The annual SCSU Cultural Fest took place on April 29th, bringing music, dance and food to the academic quad for the second year in a row. Students were able to sample foods  from Jamaica to Greece to China, while being entertained by a number of musical guests, including a Mariachi band and electric violinist. It was a great opportunity for Southern students to enjoy the wonderful Spring weather, and to learn about the multitude of countries represented by our growing population of international students from all around the world.


Cultural Fest 2014: Southern Goes Global
Thanks to a wonderful new collaboration between the Office of International Education and the Multicultural Center, and thanks to the support of many, including Residence Life and Southern's fabulous student organizations, an event not hosted for many years was revived this May! Entertainment was provided by a Capoeira troupe, Mariachi singers, a belly dancer, Chinese lion dancers, and the hit of the day, Southern's own Step Up dance club.  Local restaurants provided ethnic cuisine, including Chinese, Mediterranean, Turkish, Hispanic, and Caribbean.  We're looking forward to next year!
Third Annual International Soul Food Gathering 2013

Over the last three years, it has become tradition that when the semester comes to an end, Dr. Erin Heidkamp hosts the "Yuletide SoulFood Extravaganza" at her home for the exchange students. The students are invited to cook something special which they would consider “soulfood” in their home country.  This might be celebration food, a holiday food, a special family recipe, or whatever they look forward most to eating when they return home!

"The food was wonderful, the company even better!"

Here are some photos of this year's Soul Food Gathering.

  Second Annual International Soul Food Gathering 2012

The Office of International Education celebrates the end of each semester with a gathering of the staff and students from across the globe.  The theme of this second annual gathering was "Soul Food," a potluck-style dinner where everyone brought one comfort food from their home country. We dined on German Flammkuchen, French au gratin potatoes, enchiladas, Argentinean empanadas, Swedish Meatballs, and much, much more! Our students LOVE to cook their favorite dishes, and it is one of our favorite events!

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Teatro Foro Mexico: A Presentation of the New Haven/Tetlanohucan Sister Cities Project


Saturday, November 10th at 7:00pm and Sunday, November 11th at 1:00pm in EN C-112.

Southern Connecticut State University presented:

An evening of theater with the Forum Theater Troup from the Migrant Family Support Center (CAMFAMI). The women who make up the Forum Theater Troupe are not professional actors. They are citizens of a centuries­old freedom struggle: the struggle for self ­determination, justice, and equality for woman and families.  The performers use Forum Theater as a tool to raise awareness and give voice and illustration to the conditions of oppression that women experience in Mexico, either as wives of abusive husbands, wives of migrants in the U.S., or migrants themselves.
                        · Sueños Perdidos
                        · Mariposa Viajera

Thank you to everyone who participated, and of course to all of the actors and people traveled from Mexico to present their program and educate our audiences!


2011-2012 First Annual International Soul Food Gathering

Every year, the Office of International Education celebrates the end of each semester with a gathering of the staff and exchange students from across the globe.  This year's theme was "Soul Food," a potluck-style dinner where everyone brought one comfort food from their home country. During this first annual gathering, we dined on German potato leek soup, potato salad and goulash, Italian lasagna, empanadas, enchiladas, and tiramisu. It was a gathering none of us will soon forget!