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October 31, 2019

La Roche University to Host Month-Long Diversity Celebration

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 31, 2019 - La Roche University will show its appreciation for diversity and culture by expanding International Education Week to International Education Month this November.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education, developed as an opportunity to celebrate the importance of international education and student exchange worldwide.

In conjunction with International Education Week, La Roche will host International Education Month for the third consecutive year. The celebration will involve on-campus events that feature educational opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

“La Roche is a place where students, faculty and staff from around the world come together,” Emily Markham, assistant director of global engagement, said. “International Education Month places a spotlight on this cultural diversity and provides a platform to build a greater global awareness and cultural understanding across the University and throughout the community.”

The schedule of events is as follows:

Monday, Nov. 4 to Friday, Nov. 8 

Where Do You Call Home?
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Second Floor Hallway, Zappala Campus Center


The Office of Global Engagement invites the campus community to show La Roche where they call home. There will be a large map in the second-floor hallway of the Zappala Campus Center. Students, faculty and staff can place a sticker on the map to represent their hometown. Everyone who participates will be entered to win a prize.

Every Wednesday in November 

Coffee from around the World
9 – 11 a.m.
World Café, Wright Library

Co-Sponsored by the Office of Mission & Ministry

Stop by the World Café in the Wright Library to enjoy free samples of international coffees from around the world. Different blends will be available every Wednesday during the month of November.

Thursday, Nov. 7

Becoming an American: Discussion on Immigration
5 – 7 p.m.
Huber Academic Center, Room 306


Participants will watch segments of “We are Witnesses: Becoming an American,” produced by The Marshall Project, before joining a guided discussion on the topic of immigration.

Wednesday, Nov. 13

Food Truck Festival
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wright Library Turnaround


Food trucks representing cuisines from around the world will be on campus. Featured trucks include Cilantro y Ajo, Pita My Schwarma and Rolling Meatballs.

Thursday, Nov. 14

Guess that Map!
4 - 6 p.m.
First Floor Hallway, Zappala Campus Center


Test your knowledge of the world while supporting the students from the course INST2011: World Geography. Try different games, created by current students, for your chance to win fun prizes.

Monday, Nov. 18

Global Crafts
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Zappala Campus Center Square


Make your very own global button or key chain. All crafting supplies will be provided.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

Desserts from around the World: A Celebration of La Roche’s Many Cultures
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Zappala Campus Center Square
Sponsored by the Office of International Student Services


Sample tasty sweets from all corners of the world, and learn about the various countries and cultures our La Roche students, faculty and staff represent. This event counts as an LRX Immigration Experience.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

Local & Global Service Opportunities
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Ryan Room


Are you curious about ways to give back both domestically and abroad? Come and hear the inside scoop from Peace Corps, AmeriCorps and PULSE Pittsburgh representatives.

Thursday, Nov. 21

Study Abroad Resume Workshop
4 – 5 p.m.
Ryan Room
Co-Sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad


Have you traveled internationally through a short-term or semester-long study abroad experience? Join a workshop on how to highlight your study abroad experience(s) on your resume and in job interviews.


Friday, Nov. 22

Board Games from around the World
Noon – 2 p.m.
Cantellops Art Gallery


Enjoy board games from around the world. Bring your own game, or try one of the games provided.

Monday, Nov. 25

Language Learning Day
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Zappala Campus Center Square


Learn how to say “hello” and other basic phrases in a variety of languages spoken around the world.

All Month Long

Study Abroad Photo Contest
Sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad


Students are invited to participate in a study abroad photo contest. All submissions and voting will be done electronically. The photo with the most votes will be printed and put on display on the University’s campus.

Submissions will be accepted via email from Nov.1-15. Voting will take place online during the nationally recognized International Education Week from Nov. 18-22. The winner will be announced on Monday, Nov. 25.

About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,400 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.

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