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SCC Celebrates International Education Week, Nov. 16-20

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International Education Week is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State that is recognized by institutions of higher learning across the U.S. It is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This year’s theme is Global Equity & Justice, with co-curricular events in many fields of study.

Scottsdale Community College (SCC) and the Maricopa Community Colleges are commemorating the week by offering a series of virtual events Nov. 16 to 20 that are free and open to the public. To help spotlight the international education experiences of our Artichoke students and faculty, we’ve included their stories below.

“We’ve celebrated International Education Week here at SCC since 2002 when it began as a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education,” says Therese Tendick, Director of SCC’s Center for Civic & Global Engagement. “We celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange — welcoming and learning from our international students, helping our students think critically about global events, and encouraging them to learn other languages and travel to see the world from the perspective of others.”

Spotlight: International Artichokes 

Meet a few international members of our SCC family!

Luna Alyafialzuhri with city backdropLuna Alyafialzuhri

Student, Visual & Performing Arts

“I define global equity as fairness for all and the assurance of equity without fear. I think justice should be given to people of all colors, religions, routes, and ages with no discrimination of rights.” Download Luna Alyafialzuhri's Profile (PDF)

Kelli Barr with ocean backdropKelli Barr

Student, Business, Entrepreneurialism, & Management

“I was fortunate to have had the experience of studying abroad in Ireland in 2018. The skills I learned while studying abroad consisted of learning boundaries for myself and  learning to appreciate each person for who they are authentically. Regardless of how different  someone was from me or if they did things I disagreed with, I learned to respect and appreciate them.” Download Kelli Barr's Profile (PDF)

Roberto Gudiño with pyramidRoberto Gudiño

Faculty, Film; Fulbright Fellow

“I was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship grant to serve as a filmmaker and professor in Mexico City and developed an outreach and training program in filmmaking for youth. For 13 months, I lived in Mexico City, the country’s largest city, and worked with university students at Universidad Panamericana (UP) where I taught film production workshops and filmed a web-series. My experiences as a person of color allowed me to combat stereotypes that students had about “Americans” and life in the United States.

Through my desire to bridge cultures, I applied to and was selected with a team of Maricopa faculty to participate in the MCCCD/MCLI Global Engagement Faculty Curriculum Development Program in Guanajuato, Guanajuato for three weeks in the summer of 2017.” Download Roberto Gudino's Profile (PDF)

Susan Peterson in mountainsSusan Peterson

Faculty, Business, Entrepreneurialism, & Management

“In college, I was awarded the Rotary International Scholarship and studied French language and culture in Southern France for one year. The experience was life-changing, as it opened my mind to new ways of thinking about the world. In graduate business school, I studied marketing and international business to learn about different economic, political, and social systems around the world. As part of my program, I spent one year providing marketing consultation to an Israeli firm that was looking to enter the U.S. market. In the corporate world, I led projects that involved doing business in other countries, including shooting a TV commercial in Mexico City.

As a faculty member at Scottsdale Community College, I have taught an international business course for 24 years and have ‘internationalized’ the curriculum in other courses, such as marketing. For  professional development, I attended a week-long seminar in Salzburg, Austria, and participated in a trilateral (NAFTA) grant between SCC and colleges in Canada and Mexico. In addition to studying French, I studied German, Japanese, and Spanish, as I believe you cannot truly understand the culture unless you know their language.” Download Susan Peterson's Profile (PDF)

John Konicek in front of wallJohn Konicek

Academic Advisement

“I studied in a German language intensive program in Munich, Germany and lived in Munich from May until August. It fulfilled part of the language requirement for my doctoral program. I am currently assisting to teach a course through Santa Clara University to which the theme is Global Justice and has students from around the world. I am fortunate to have been asked to teach the class again next year. For me, global equity means that all people, countries, communities have fair access to resources, technologies, and investment opportunities. Justice for me includes policies and procedures that take into account how all of the stakeholders are impacted by production, natural resources, wealth management, and education opportunities. Behaviors and policies which are just are those that consider first the ones who are the most vulnerable.” Download John Konicek's Profile (PDF)

Monday, November 16, 2020 (Kickoff)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  |  Keynote Speaker: Tamara Thorpe, Traveling while Black

Details: Based on her TEDx Talk, keynote Tamara Thorpe shares personal experiences, debunks myths, and reveals the realities of “traveling while black.” A firm believer that people matter most to an organization’s success, Tamara brings over 30+ years of on-the-ground experience with leading international and multicultural teams, as well as an extensive background in mentoring and leadership, identity development, diversity & inclusion, and intergenerational issues to the table.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

9 – 10 a.m.  |  United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Details: This session, led by Manuel Pino, professor of Sociology and coordinator of American Indian Studies at SCC, includes a reading of the UN Declaration, presentation on the historical context, and implications of the Declaration. Pino has served as a delegate to numerous international environmental conferences at the United Nations and currently sits on numerous boards of environmental organizations throughout the United States. He is currently working on health issues related to radiation exposure in communities opposing nuclear waste storage and future mining. In 2008, he received the Nuclear Free Future Award in Munich, Germany for activism.

Learn more about SCC’s Culture and Society Programs of Study.

Friday, November 20, 2020

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  |  Cooking Demonstration: White Tepary Bean Hummus and Native Health

Details: Chef Holian of SCC's Culinary Arts Program will demonstrate how to make white tepary bean hummus. Mallory Smith of Native Health Phoenix will present on health disparities in local Native American communities.

On-Demand Content, Available All Week, November 16-20, 2020

Check out the Global Cafe for fun activities throughout the week, available on-demand to work with your schedule.

All Week | Global Equity & Justice Playlist

Details: Curated list of global justice & equity songs. Add them to your favorite music app as a playlist for the week.

Check here for our list during the week, or RSVP to receive email updates.

All Week | Online Quiz: Test Your Global IQ

Details: Test your global knowledge with this fun international-themed quiz! 

Check here for a live link during the week, or RSVP to receive email updates.

All events are accessible to persons with special needs. If you need accommodations to attend or participate, please contact

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To learn more about SCC’s commitment to civic engagement and global awareness, visit our Center for Civic & Global Engagement. You’ll find information about our Study Abroad program, resources for International Students, and much more!

View the full calendar of related events hosted by the Maricopa County Community College District.

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