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International Education

International Education Month

A building at Assumption University in Bangkok, Russian nesting dolls, and colorful buildings along the water in Copenhagen

Educating Together for a Better World

Loyola is celebrating its inaugural International Education Month in November 2021, during the 500-year anniversary of St. Ignatius of Loyola's conversion. International Education is a critical component of Loyola's Ignatian Citizenship initiative and is identified in Loyola's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan.

Loyola's International Education Month features a variety of virtual and in-person activities and events that align with the more broadly recognized International Education Week (IEW), initiated in 2000 by the U.S. Departments of State and Education. International Education events aim to provide opportunities for increasing knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures, peoples and languages.

Please contact Fr. Bao Nguyen for more information or to host an event during International Education Month.

November 2021 Events

Ms. Sherita Thomas — Black Catholic History Month

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021
McGuire Hall
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Ms. Thomas is the interim director of Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She is the global associate engagement manager at T. Rowe Price, with expertise in diversity issues at the T. Rowe Price Foundation. She will talk on Bowman and racial issues. Sponsored by the Theology department.

Bilingual Mass in French and English, conducted by Rev. John Conley, S.J.

Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021
Alumni Memorial Chapel
3 - 4 p.m.

An exhibit of media, books, and memoirs about French and Francophone activists and activism

Sunday, Nov. 7 - Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021
LNDL Library

Sponsored by Modern Language and Literatures French section.

Roundtable discussion with three student activists from the University of Bordeaux

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021
4 p.m.

Sponsored by Modern Language and Literatures French section.

Day of French Immersion

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021
All day

Everyone at Loyola is welcome to participate in activities in French throughout the day. Sponsored by Modern Language and Literatures French section.

Advancing The UN SDGs Together

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Join students from Loyola University Maryland and Newcastle University for an international discussion on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and what we can do now to work together towards a sustainable future. 

Sign up for "Advancing the UN SDGs Together" event

The Hanway Lecture in Global Studies

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021
7 p.m. in McGuire Hall (this event will also be livestreamed)

Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman who was kidnapped by ISIS in 2014 and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for her activist work promoting human rights for women and girls, particularly in conflict zones, will present the Hanway Lecture in Global Studies. Sponsored by the Global Studies department.

Screening of the 2015 documentary film, Tomorrow (English) / Demain (French)

Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021
LNDL Library
2:30 - 5 p.m.

Sponsored by Modern Language and Literatures French section.

Screening of the 2018 Documentary Film about a Syrian Refugee Family in Baltimore, "This is Home"

Monday, Nov. 15, 2021
Maryland Hall 443 (LLC Film Room)
4 - 6 p.m.

Sponsored by Loyola's Arabic program. For more information, contact ihassan@loyola.edu.

Jesuits from the World Affecting International Education

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021
5 - 6 p.m. in the 4th Floor Program Room or via Zoom

Jesuits from the world discuss their apostolic ministry in education at different countries: India, Mexico, Vietnam, and Zambia as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius’ conversion and 400th canonization of Sts. Ignatius and Francis Xavier. Sponsored by Loyola's Jesuit community.

Jesuit Refugee Services in the World and Ignatian Year

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021
5 - 6:30 p.m in McGuire West or via Zoom

Rev. Thomas H. Smolich, S.J., the International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service will present, "Toward an Ever Wider We: Pope Francis & the Hope of Education." The month's keynote presentation will highlight International Education Week and the Ignatius Year. Sponsored by the office of International Programs and the President's Council on Equity and Inclusion.

Can the United States Remain the World's Sole Superpower?

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021
7 - 8:30 p.m. in the 4th Floor Program Room

Hear a discussion between Dr. Janine Holc of Loyola and Dr. Matthew Kroenig of Georgetown. Email gmgleason@loyola.edu with questions.

Study Abroad 101

Attend a virtual Zoom session about study abroad with Loyola's office of International Programs.

  • Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021
    1:40 - 2:40 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 22, 2021
    4 - 5 p.m.

Excursion to Washington, D.C. to see "Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience" (Van Gogh DC)

Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sponsored by Modern Language and Literatures French section

Dr. Camille Louise Brown — Black Catholic History Month

Date and Time TBD
McGuire Hall

Dr. Brown is the associate superintendent for the Department of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She has served both as a missionary in Africa and a seminary professor. A prolific writer, she is the author of African Saints, African Stories: Forty Holy Men and Women (Franciscan Media, 2008). She will speak on Bowman and Black Catholics in education. She is also involved in the canonization effort for Mother Lange. Sponsored by the Theology department.

International Festival


International Festival, hosted by ALANA Services, is an event held each year to celebrate the diversity of the student body and promote an exchange of cultural identity and tradition through student-led activities and cultural performances. ALANA student organizations, such as the Black Student Association, Asian Cultural Alliance, and African Student Association, will host tables, in addition to various other groups on campus. It is through this event that we hope to foster a greater sense of diversity in the Loyola community and celebrate our differences that make up our ethnic backgrounds.

You can also sign up to host a table at I-Fest! It's a chance to have cultural representation of your chosen country, sporting small, fun activities and information to provide to the participants of I-Fest. Sign up to host an I-Fest table.

If you have questions or concerns, contact Jared Louie at jslouie@loyola.edu or Dennis Velez, Associate Director of ALANA Services, at dvelez@loyola.edu.