International Education Week: November 16-20, 2020

International Education Week (IEW), is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.


The agenda for the week is below. There are a variety of international and local events being held throughout the week.

Monday, November 16,2020

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
The Future of Internationalization of Higher Education Post COVID-19 – Challenges and Opportunities

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Students Global Trivia

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
United Nations 17 Sustainable Goals: How to Make this a Better World

Tuesday, November 17

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Virtual Tea Ceremony

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
United Nations Sustainable Goals: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Presentation

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
United Nations Sustainable Goals: Quality Education

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ambassadors Day: A virtual trip around the world!

Thursday, November 19, 2020

2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Postcards from Abroad

Friday, November 20, 2020

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
United Nations Sustainable Goals: Global Partnerships
Closure of International Education Week: Dr. Zaragoza, President of CSN

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Peace Corps: Benefits of Service

Program Description

Monday, November 16, 2020

The Future of Internationalization of Higher Education Post COVID-19 – Challenges and Opportunities | 8-9 AM
Speakers: Dr. Federico Zaragoza & Dr. Francisco Marmolejo

Colleges and Universities face many new challenges and new opportunities in their internationalization trajectory post COVID-19. Dr. Marmolejo will discuss and introduce new thoughts and visions of developing new models of international engagement, integration of new strategies, partnerships and collaboration and adopting the institutional culture to a new normal. Dr. Marmolejo’s presentation is designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and initiatives from across our institutions.

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Students Global Trivia | 12-1 PM
Moderator: Brian Akins

Show off your knowledge on topics including international cuisine, capital cities, country flags, governing officials, and international monuments and landmarks during Kahoot! Games. Games will begin promptly at Noon, 12:20 PM, and 12:40 PM. The Grand Prize for each game is a $250 CSN Bookstore Voucher. Winners must be enrolled at CSN during Fall 2020 semester.

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United Nations 17 Sustainable Goals: How to Make this a Better World | 3-4 PM
Speakers: Dr. Federico Zaragoza, Dr. Manuel Cuellar, Dr. Luis Gonzales Morales

“The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, quality education, environmental degradation, peace and justice.”

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan of action adopted by the Heads of State and Government and High Representatives at the United Nations Headquarters in 2015. It is composed by 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets. In this presentation we will share the genesis, implications, scope, and challenges that this ambitious and aspirational Agenda sets for the World. In particular two main issues will be discussed: the data driven approach of the Agenda and its implementation at the sub-national level.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Virtual Tea Ceremony | 11-12 PM
Presenter: Lauren Sochi Deutsch, Instructor of the Urasenke School of Chado

Japanese tea ceremony (known as sadō/chadō (茶道, lit., "The Way of Tea") or cha-no-yu (茶の湯)) is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha (抹茶), powdered green tea, the art of which is called (o)temae ([お]手前; [お]点前).[1]
Zen Buddhism was a primary influence in the development of the Japanese tea ceremony. Much less commonly, Japanese tea practice uses leaf tea, primarily sencha, a practice known as senchadō (煎茶道, lit., "the way of sencha") in Japanese, as opposed to chanoyu or chadō.

Tea gatherings are classified as either an informal tea gathering (chakai (茶会, lit., "tea gathering")) or a formal tea gathering (chaji (茶事, lit., "tea event")). A chakai is a relatively simple course of hospitality that includes confections, thin tea, and perhaps a light meal. A chaji is a much more formal gathering, usually including a full-course kaiseki meal followed by confections, thick tea, and thin tea. A chaji may last up to four hours.

Chadō is counted as one of the three classical Japanese arts of refinement, along with kōdō for incense appreciation, and kadō for flower arrangement.

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United Nations Sustainable Goals: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts | 1-2 PM
Speakers: Dr. Elemer Briceño Elizondo, Dr. Charles Huber, Dr. Douglas Sims

This lecture will analyze the conditions and legal framework that led Costa Rica to establish its National system of conservation areas. It will explain how an environmental way of thinking took the country to implement conservation strategies to protect those areas, but which led to the increment of buffer zones and national level forest cover as a mechanism of biodiversity protection, carbon sequestration, and watershed management. All while considering the economic implications and benefits to landowners, to use this as a way of fulfilling international commitments for tackling climate change, as a pathway to decarbonization, and become an example to the world. Professor Charles will talk about the derogatory processes on the Amazon forest that are being witness during the development of extension projects.

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Fulbright U.S. Scholar Presentation | 3-4 PM
Speaker: Sarah Causer, Outreach and Recruitment Specialist, Institute of International Education

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars administers the Core Fulbright Scholar Program. The Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. These prestigious grants provide funding for recipients to lecture or conduct research abroad for periods of two to 12 months in 140 countries.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

United Nations Sustainable Goals: Quality Education | 9-10 AM
Speakers: Gilbert Pooley, Director of Umuzi, Sheena O’Connel, Chief Technical Officer, Warwich Vlantis, Design Lead, Mugunth Vaithylingam, CSN CIO

Educating youth in South Africa is a priority for the country.  This presentation will highlight an exciting and innovative program that has proven to be successful.  Umuzi support hundreds of young people to access tech careers that are on high demand.  The African Coding Network which provides an open source infrastructure to train African youth.  This program is making and impact in Africa’s future tech skills. Tilde, our open source edtech platform that supports African coding schools, bootcamps, and their learners with open source education technology and a professional community to provide a holistic support to learners who need to become economically active as professional developers and accelerate the growth of Africa's tech ecosystem

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Ambassadors Day: A Virtual Trip around the World | 10-12 PM
Presenter: Aster Yehdego

Participants will have the opportunity to engage and explore world culture stories, fascinating traditions and crafts, cultural food, recipes, music, dance, and artistry.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Postcards from Abroad | 2-4:30 PM
Presenter: Bette Brickman, ESL Instructor CSN

Postcards From Abroad is a virtual trip to both Central America and Asia as the presenters showcase their various working and vacation treks to Costa Rica and to the Philippines.

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Friday, November 20,2020

United Nations Sustainable Goals: Global Partnerships | 8 – 9 AM
Speakers: Carol Fimmen

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals can only be realized with strong global partnerships and cooperation. A successful development agenda requires inclusive partnerships — at the global, regional, national, and local levels — built upon principles and values, and upon a shared vision and shared goals placing people and the planet at the center. Strong international cooperation is needed now more than ever to ensure that countries have the means to recover from the pandemic, build back better and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

CSN will highlight our Global Partnerships inviting the Executive Director of Inter-American Organization for Higher Education Dr. David Julien and the President of National Association of Technical Universities in Mexico M.C. Raul Martínez Hernández

Since its creation, the IOHE has become a reference in the academic community of the Americas as a true academic network, offering quality services to its members. Its efforts today focus on implementing internationalization strategies through the management of a wide variety of international events, missions and professional development programs to provide new opportunities for its member institutions.


The National Association of Technical Universities in Mexico is committed to the advancement and growth of all the technical universities in Mexico. ANUT supports the academic programs, national institution cooperation, curriculum and instructional design, all aimed to establish model of excellence.

Partnership Agreements:
Dr. Federico Zaragoza, President College of Southern Nevada
Dr. T. Swayne McCay, President Florida Institute of Technology
Dr. David Julien, Executive Director  Inter-American Space for Higher Technical and Technological Education (EIESTEC), Inter-American Organization for Higher Education
Ing. Raul Martinez, President of the Nacional Association of Technical and Polytechnic Universities in Mexico.

Closing Remarks for the CSN 2020 International Education Week
Speaker: Dr. Zaragoza, CSN President


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Peace Corps: Benefits of Service | 1-2 PM
Presenter: Miranda Deighton

Miranda will discuss her service as a community economic development volunteer in Georgia (former republic of the Soviet Union until 1991). Her volunteer work included increasing organizational and individual development. She also works as a staging facilitator, preparing new volunteers for two years of service. Miranda will also share the mission and goals of the Peace Corps with interested individuals.

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Featured Speakers


Dr. Francisco MarmolejoDr. Francisco Marmolejo, Education Advisor Qatar Foundation
Francisco Marmolejo has been the Education Advisor of Qatar Foundation since February of 2020. Previously, he worked at the World Bank as Global Higher Education Coordinator, based in Washington, DC, and more recently he served as the Lead Higher Education Specialist for India and South Asia, in Delhi. During 1995-2002, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration at the University of Arizona, where he also worked as Assistant Vice President. Previously, he was an American Council on Education Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Vice President of the University of the Americas in Mexico, and International Consultant at OECD in Paris.


Dr. Federico ZaragozaDr. Federico Zaragoza, College of Southern Nevada President
Dr. Federico Zaragoza was named the President for the College of Southern Nevada in 2018, becoming the first Hispanic leader of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s largest institution and one of the largest multi-campus higher education institutions in the country, with enrollments of approximately 50,000 students. Under his leadership, Achieving the Dream designated CSN as a national Leader College of Distinction in 2019. Dr. Zaragoza is the principal spokesperson for the college, serves on various state and national committees and commissions, and has received numerous awards — including the Education Brillante Award from the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA), and the Texas Association of Community Colleges’ Carl Nelson Leadership Award. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, a Master’s degree in Adult and Vocational Education, an (ED.S) Educational Specialist degree in Industrial and Technical Education from the University of Wisconsin–Stout, and a Ph.D. in Urban Education from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.


Dr. Manuel CuellarDr. Manuel Cuellar, Deputy Director of National Institute of Statistics and Geography, Mexico
Manuel Cuellar-Rio is the Deputy Director General of Information Integration at the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI, by its Spanish acronym), Mexico’s National Statistical Office, where que leads data governance and architecture initiatives, comprising data security, confidentiality, quality, and interoperability. He has collaborated with several international groups related to the modernization of official statistics and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Until October 2019, he provided technical assistance to the Committee in charge of setting the indicators for monitoring the SDGs in Mexico. He joined INEGI in 2010.


Dr. Luis González MoralesDr. Luis González Morales, Chief, Development and Data Visualization Section, United Nations Statistics Division
Luis González Morales is the Chief of the Web Development and Data Visualization Section of the United Nations Statistics Division, where he co-leads initiatives in data interoperability, open data, semantic web technologies, and integration of geospatial information and statistics for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2014, he was part of the Secretariat team supporting the work of the Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.  Since joining the United Nations Statistics Division in 2005, Luis has worked with National Statistical Offices and international partners on methodology and capacity development projects, in the fields of economic statistics, data quality, development indicators, and the coordination of national statistical activities for the SDGs.


Dr. Elemer BriceñoDr. Elemer Briceño, Comité Técnico Consultivo Estación Experimental 28 Millas Universidad Estatal de Costa Rica
Dr. Elemer Briceño, Ph. D. has a bachelor’s degree in forest engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (Technological Institute of Costa Rica, State University. In Costa Rica he began working as a research fellow in his alma mater, engaging on several projects related to improved silviculture and bioenergy. He currently works as a part of the Technical committee of a research station on the Tropical rainforest region (east coast of Costa Rica) promoting conservation mitigation and adaptation projects and rural extension.


Dr. Charles Huber TXANU, Ph.D.Dr. Charles Huber TXANU, Ph.D. Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia Sul-Rio-Grandense (IFSUL) | IFSUL · Environmental Technology, Brazil
Charles Huber has certificate in Chemistry and degree in Environmental Management from Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica de Pelotas – CEFET-RS (Federal Center of Technology Education); he worked eight years at food industry in the environmental sector; he obtained his master degree in Biotechnology from Universidade Federal de Pelotas (Federal University of Pelotas) working with cannery industry wastewater treatment. After that, he started working as professor/researcher at Instituto Federal Sul-rio-grandense in the Environmental Management undergraduate course. He obtained his Doctor degree in chemistry (analytical chemistry) at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul) and Czech Academy of Sciences, Prage, Czech Republic, working with trace metal analysis in food and environmental samples. He started working with extension projects in the Amazon after visiting the Altamira Ni Yuxibu village from Huni Kuin people in the year of 2017. The extension projects are related to drinking water access, environmental management (forest/land/water) and social/human rights guidance.


Dr. Douglas B. Sims Dr. Douglas B. Sims, Dean, School of Science and Mathematics at the College of Southern Nevada
Dr. Douglas B. Sims came to the College of Southern Nevada after a long career as an environmental consultant where he led a company with staff in seven locations across six states. While leading this small national firm, Dr. Sims felt a desire to educate the next generation of environmental consultants and therefore, he made that leap in 2012 and was hired by the College of Southern Nevada (CSN). He later became the Dean in 2019 of the third largest school within CSN leading faculty, staff, students, and programs.

During his time at CSN, he has worked with many undergraduate students as well as graduate students at other institutions. He holds a Bachelors and Masters from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Ph.D. from Kingston University, London, focusing in soil science and chemistry. Most of his student participants have transferred to other institutions where they have completed bachelor degrees with several working on masters and doctorate degrees. These undergraduates have co-authored and presented at many local and regional conferences.

Dr. Sims has published research findings in regional and international peer-reviewed journals where he evaluated soils and the migration of anthropogenic pollution from sources to the wider environment. All of these endeavors involve undergraduate students working as an integral part of the research team from proposal development, sampling plans, field and laboratory work, data interpretation, presentations, and production of a publishable papers.


The team photo

Gilbert PooleyGilbert Pooley, Founder & Director, Umuzi & the African Coding Network
Gilbert leads Umuzi, an African edtech social enterprise developing human-centred solutions to address youth unemployment and inequality by improving young people's access to opportunities in the digital economy.





Mugunth Vaithylingam, Chief Transformation Officer, College of Southern Nevada
Mugunth Vaithylingam is a high-achieving Chief Information Officer with 20 years of experience leading transformational change in Higher Education. A team-oriented leader who has been driving the direction of technology at the College of Southern Nevada, one of the nation’s largest schools of its kind with 50,000 credit and non-credit students, for more than 10 years.
Mugunth has been honored as the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient at the Nevada Top Tech awards and he was also recognized as the Most Influential Global CIO at the Global CIO Executive Summit. These accolades come, in part, for his community service focus; leading a variety of initiatives that expand learning opportunities in underserved communities and addressing food insecurity. Mugunth’s belief in reaching back to elevate others is clear in his culture.
Mugunth is well-known as a technology and operations executive leader and digital experience executive with strengths in solving complex challenges and resolving short-term business issues that create long-term value. He drives initiatives that achieve targets, results, and bottom-line objectives. Mugunth has been described as a trusted member of the executive team who excels in challenging the status quo and driving the organization toward success.


Lauren Sochi DeutschLauren Sochi Deutsch, instructor of the Urasenke School of Chado
She began studying the Urasenke Way of Tea (chado) in 1985 at UCLA’s extension program with the late Sosei Matsumoto, sensei, in Los Angeles. Matsumoto sensei was the most distinguished tea master outside Japan of the Urasenke Way of Tea headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, and a national heritage fellowship awardee of the USA’s NEA. Sochi has presented lecture demonstrations for students from first grade through graduate school, at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, and many other public events. She received her professional tea name (chamei) Sochi, from Sen Soshitshu XV, Hounsai. Lauren is a contributing editor and a board member of Kyoto Journal and a docent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


Miranda DeightonMiranda Deighton, Peace Corps, Community Development
Miranda served in the Peace Corps as a community economic development Volunteer in the country of Georgia from 2015 to 2017. During her service she worked with organizations in the port town of Poti to increase organizational and individual development. Preceding her time with the Peace Corps, Miranda worked as a convention services coordinator at the Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau. She worked with convention planners and community partners to ensure successful events. Miranda is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Business, with an emphasis in recreation management and youth leadership.  Miranda Deighton started as a Peace Corps regional recruiter for the states of Utah and Nevada in January 2018. In her role as a recruiter, Miranda shares the mission and goals of the Peace Corps with interested individuals, community partners, and university contacts. She also works as a staging facilitator, preparing new Volunteers for two years of service.


Carol P. FimmenCarol P. Fimmen, Director of International Programs at the College of Southern Nevada and Chief International Officer
Carol P. Fimmen serves as the Director of International Programs at the College of Southern Nevada and Chief International Officer. As part of her responsibilities, Ms. Fimmen is responsible for the internationalization of the College of Southern Nevada.  Among some of her areas of responsibility and leadership include a comprehensive international agenda, internationalization of the curriculum, faculty development initiatives, development of partnerships with international institutions, organizations and governments, oversee the area of international student recruitment and international students services, establish an international student alumni association, develop new study abroad opportunities for our students and faculty, establish international exchanges for students and faculty, develop new international and workforce training for institutional and governments. During her extensive international education experience, Ms. Fimmen has served on many international organizations and boards and as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank Institute, the American Council on Education, and the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, among others.  Ms. Fimmen has received several millions of dollars to establish a variety of international initiatives.  Her work has been recognized in the development of new alliances and expanded collaborative partnerships with domestic and international colleges and universities, government and non-governmental agencies, and the business community.  Ms. Fimmen has also been a recipient of several national and international awards.  Fimmen’s international work has reached to over 30 countries.

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