International Education Week
During the week of November 18-22, International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education promotes programs preparing Americans for a global environment and attracts future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.
ICC employees and local business leaders, as well as international and domestic students who have studied abroad, will participate in the week’s events to offer their perspectives on the benefits of international education and exchange experiences. All events are free and open to the public. Advance registration is appreciated.
Monday, November 18
Kick-Off and Panel: Global Activism
ICC East Peoria Campus, Student Lounge from 9:30 – 11:30 am
Dr. Awuah will kick off the celebration of International Education Week at ICC with a presentation on the imperative for global learning and a framework for internationalizing the campus. A panel discussion with local activists advocating for engagement with global communities will follow, featuring: Nancy Long (Global Village), ICC alumna Marie Michelle Castle (Castle InterPrograms, LLC), ICC student Na’im Salahuddin (Islamic Center of Peoria), and Don Stafford (PAWAC)
Fairtrade coffee will be provided.
Dr. Emmanuel Awuah, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Awuah joined ICC in July 2017 as Vice President of Academic Affairs. Awuah provides leadership and support for faculty, curriculum development, program review and assessment, and continuous quality improvement. In addition, he provides oversight for student academic support services, scheduling and accreditation of academic programs.
Prior to coming to ICC, Awuah served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL. In addition, Awuah served in a variety of academic roles at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY, part of the State University of New York system, as tenured full professor and Coordinator of Sociology, Vice President for Academic Services, Vice President for Instructional Services, Vice President for Academic and Global Initiatives, and Associate Vice President for Diversity and Multicultural Resources. He also served as a Fellow of the American Council of Education at Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.
Awuah holds a PhD in Sociology and Urban Studies from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; a Master’s in Arts in Sociology from the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada; and a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Political Science from The University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.
Tia VanHester, Director of International Education
Returning to ICC in July 2019 to serve as the Director of International Education, Tia VanHester is dedicated to providing accessible global engagement to our community through strategic initiatives aimed at bringing the world to ICC. In this position, VanHester serves as the chief immigration representative, provides guidance for international students and programs, manages study abroad development, advises students in national/international scholarships/fellowships,leads various collaborative efforts to attain comprehensive internationalization through curriculum, professional development and co-curricular activities.
Originally from Compton, CA; VanHester has lived in 12 different countries, met her husband living in Austin, TX and been living in Peoria for the last 5 years. VanHester has extensive experience in establishing international initiatives and global consciousness in higher education. Before returning to ICC, VanHester served as the Director of Global Engagement at Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL. She has also served as visiting faculty at Jiangsu University in Zhenjiang, China; Program Director for Study Abroad in China, South Africa, Mexico, Italy, Scotland and Japan; and Lead Volunteer Coordinator at the Rural English Academy in Siem Reap, Cambodia. VanHester serves on various committees for NAFSA, IEI, and Diversity Abroad.
She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and East Asian Studies from Central College, Pella, IA; a MA in International Education from Concordia University, Irvine, CA; and is ABD for her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from Illinois State University in Normal, IL.
Nancy Long, Global Village
Nancy Long, retired Mental Health counselor, is President of the Board of Global Village Fair Trade shop. The shop on Seiberling Street in Peoria Heights has been operated by volunteers since 2002.
Marie Castle, ICC Alumni and Castle InterProgram, LLC
Marie Michelle Castle is the founder of Castle InterProgram, LLC. She holds a degree in Small Business Management. She is a graduate of Illinois Central College and is finishing her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Digital Marketing and Advertising at Liberty University. Castle also obtained a diploma from the University of Tours, France, where she learned to speak fluent French and studied the French culture and history. After the positive impact of experiencing a new culture, she authored her first book, “A Passport To Me.” Castle is fluent in three languages and has visited over a dozen countries. Her passion for traveling inspired her to found Castle InterProgram, LLC, with the goal of sharing that joy with others.
Na’im Salahuddin, ICC Student and Islamic Center of Peoria
Na’im Salahuddin is a current ICC student studying Biochemistry. He is passionate about robotics and technology and utilizes those skill sets to support the mission and work of the Islamic Center of Peoria. As a member, Salahuddin advocates for the demystifying of the Muslim faith and works to increase knowledge and understanding through film, visual presentations and community activities. Fluent in Arabic, Salahuddin plans to pursue a career in which he uses research inquiry into the biochemistry of insects to influence the advancement of medicine.
Don Samford, Retired History/Social Science for Eureka High School and Psychology professor for ICC
Don Samford is currently active in the Peoria Area World Affairs Council where he is Past President and Chairman of the Education Outreach and Program Committees. Don is a past National Board Member of the World Affairs Councils of America, now serves on the Advisory Board and serves on the Global Education Committee. He gives presentations on a variety of historical and international events and specializes in the countries of Cuba Turkey, and Qatar.
Don has made five trips to Cuba in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 He has worked closely with the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba and the Illinois Working Group on Cuba. This included the 2016 trip which included meetings with Cuban government agencies and officials and discussion with U.S. Embassy officials at the U.S. Ambassadors residence in Havana.
October, 2018 Don was part of a World Affairs Councils of America Leadership Mission that visited Qatar and met with many high level officials. The group was responsible for a report of their findings.
In November 2019, Don was the tour leader and guest lecturer for the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia trip to Cuba. He will be the tour leader and guest lecturer for their trip to Turkey in October 2020
Tuesday, November 19
Badass Beauty Queen Film Screening and Q & A with Anastasia Lin
ICC Peoria Campus, Student Center from 5 – 7 pm
Don’t miss this stunning documentary screening featuring Anastasia Lin, a woman who used her most powerful weapon, her beauty, to stand up against an oppressive regime. Following the screening, a special Q&A Skype event with Anastasia Lin, the 2015 Miss World Canada, a human rights activist, and star of the film, will take place. Free popcorn will be provided.
Anastasia Lin is an award-winning actress, beauty pageant titleholder, and human rights advocate. In 2015, Lin won the Miss World Canada title, and was to represent Canada at the Miss World pageant in China. However, she was refused a visa and declared a persona non grata by Chinese authorities for her outspoken views on the country’s human rights violations, notably the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. The news of her rejection—and subsequent failed attempt to enter China—caused global media attention for weeks, leading to a front page article in The New York Times and op-eds in major newspapers. Since then, she has been invited to speak at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, the Oxford Union, and the Geneva Human Rights Summit at the UN, and the Oslo Freedom Forum. She has also testified in the US Congress, the UK Parliament, and the Taiwanese Legislative Assembly.
Lin has appeared in over 20 films and television productions. She often works at the confluence of activism and acting, playing roles that carry messages of freedom, human rights, and ethics. Her films have received the Gabriel Award for Best Feature Film, the Mexico International Film Festival’s Golden Palm Award, and the California’s Indie Fest Award of Merit. Lin also won the Best Leading Actress in a TV Movie at the Leo Awards in 2016. As a model, she’s made appearances on runways around the world, including the New York Fashion Week show at the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria.
Lin has been listed as one of the “Top 25 under 25” by MTV, a “Top 60 under 30” by Flare, and called “The Badass Beauty Queen” by Marie Claire. She was one of eleven stakeholders selected to meet with Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird upon the establishment of Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, and other major newspapers.
The story of Canada’s Miss World, Anastasia Lin burst onto front pages when her father, who lives in China was threatened by Chinese security forces because of Anastasia’s public stance on human rights violations in that country. Unbeknown to her she had been declared ‘persona non grata’ by authorities preventing her from traveling to Sanya, China to represent Canada at the 2015 Miss World Pageant. Her attempt to enter the country played out on the world stage, landing her on the front page of The New York Times, appearing on CNN, Der Spiegel, Cosmopolitan and other major media outlets. Despite not being able to compete in the finals that year, Anastasia becomes the beauty queen who captures the world’s attention. Drama, danger and fear follow Anastasia as she becomes the darling of the human rights community, using her beauty and notoriety to bring the world’s attention to an increasing list of China’s atrocities: the persecution of prisoners of conscience and forced human organ harvesting. All this, while dealing with the very real heartbreak of endangering her father’s life. Anastasia constantly finds herself in dilemma—having to choose between speaking out and staying silent.
Invited again to represent Canada at the 2016 Miss World Finals, this time held in Washington D.C., Anastasia is ultimately silenced by the Miss World organization, a British corporation who lists five Chinese based companies as sponsors and partners. During the pageant the world press clamours for interviews as Anastasia faces increased pressure with the situation of her father in China worsening. Prevented by the Miss World organization from going to the media to shine a spotlight on the persecution, which has become the only weapon to protect her father, Anastasia contemplates dropping out of the pageant. An unlikely human rights crusader, Anastasia puts everything on the line to stay true to her conscience, including her father’s safety and a chance at the crown.
Wednesday, November 20
OxFam Hunger Banquet
ICC East Peoria Campus, Tranquility Room from 11:30 am – 1 pm
The Oxfam Hunger Banquet gives you the opportunity to make a difference, both locally and globally, by bringing poverty statistics to life. Guests will randomly select tickets matching real people with high-, middle-, or low-income earners, demonstrating where you end up is luck of the draw. This event helps increase our power to respond to global crises, highlights issues of injustice, and helps change the laws keeping people trapped in poverty.
Lunch is included for participants. Spaces are limited.
Illinois Central College’s International Club will be hosting an Oxfam Hunger Banquet® event for International Education Week. This event is an interactive experience that teaches guests about hunger and food distribution throughout the world. This is especially important as global hunger is on the rise after a steady decline for over ten years.
Nearly 821 million people suffer from chronic hunger worldwide, and yet there is enough food on the planet to feed everyone.
Oxfam Hunger Banquet events have helped people understand the reality of hunger for over 40 years at thousands of events attended by more 900,000 people around the country. Before the event, guests draw tickets at random that assign each to a high-, middle-, or low-income level based on current statistics of people living in poverty. Each group receives a meal that corresponds to their income level. The high-income group is served a sumptuous meal; the middle- income group eats a simpler meal of rice and beans; and the low-income group receives rice and water.
About 80 percent of the world’s hungry people work as farmers, herders, fishers or laborers in rural communities. In these parts of the world, conflict, erratic weather patterns and power imbalances limit access to resources like fertile land and clean water. Oxfam Hunger Banquet events bring these issues into communities across the United States to address the importance of building a better food system. Food will be served during the program with refreshments available during event debriefing.
Friday, November 22
ICC East Peoria Campus, Housing Clubhouse from 6 – 9 pm
This event, co-hosted by the International Club and Campus Housing, is a great way to kick off the Thanksgiving break with friends. Refreshments will be provided.
Free Group Fitness Classes for ICC Students
ICC East Peoria Campus, CougarPlex
Highlight health and wellness programming with global-centric influences. Classes include: ZUMBA (Colombia); Tai Chi (China); Yoga/Hatha (India); Les Mills Classes – BodyPump, BodyFlow, CXWorx, RPM, Turbo Kick (New Zealand); POUND (international music played).
ZUMBA is a Dance-fitness style program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez in the 1990s. ZUMBA blasts calories with easy to follow choreography with varied intensity levels.
7:10 – 7:55 pm
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese practice of self-defense developed by monks that improves balance through meditative movement and breathe. Tai Chi is named after the Chinese cosmological concept that refers to the flux of yin and yang.
Originating in ancient India, yoga aims to increase physical, mental and spiritual flexibility, balance and range. Yoga practices vary amongst the Hindi, Buddhist and Janis schools of thought all center on connecting consciousness and embodied experience.
Cinch the waistline and trim the thighs with this Pilates/Cardio mix featuring the use of drumsticks to improve coordination, rhythm and endurance. World music mix will be played to highlight International Education Week!
Turbo Kick is a a cardio kickboxing and body sculpting aerobics class choreographed to the hottest music.
Les Mills Programs
Les Mills Programs were founded in New Zealand by a retired track and field athlete turned politician these workout programs mission is to create a fitter planet. Programs vary in activity, intensity and target area.
The original resistance training class that builds strength, tones muscle, and brings all of your muscle fibers to threshold every time.
12 – 1 pm
5:30 – 6:30 pm
12 – 1 pm
5:30 – 6:30 pm
A combination of Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates that leaves you feeling long, strong, and centered.
4:30 – 5:20 pm
7:10 – 8 pm
4:30 – 5:20 pm
A personal training inspired class scientifically based to build and maintain strength for your core.
45 minutes of high intensity interval training (HIIT) set to great music. This cycling class will get your heart racing.
ICC Library Collection on Travel and Global Issues
ICC East Peoria Library & ICC Peoria Library
Need a page-turner for the Thanksgiving break? Take a literary journey to a new world. Come browse the displays at both the ICC East Peoria Campus and the ICC Peoria Campus libraries, featuring a variety of travel memoirs, autobiographies from world leaders, and stirring books of fiction from non-Western authors. Uncover the different cultures and communities that make our world diverse and engaging, one page at a time. Browse the IEW collection at ICC Library’s website.
#YouAreWelcomeHere is a welcome message from U.S. higher education to international students around the world. It’s a hashtag campaign designed to affirm our institutions are diverse, friendly, safe, and committed to student development. ICC participated in the campaign in 2017 by producing a video welcoming prospective international students. To continue this important work, we will again be capturing video and photographs at the IEW events at both campuses, giving current students the opportunity to encourage and welcome international students to ICC.
Questions? Call (309) 694-8817.