ECC celebrates International Week with events and activities

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Published 11/09/2023
International Week 2023

International Week 2023

Each November, Elgin Community College celebrates International Week to recognize its international students' rich cultures and heritage. Currently, ECC has more than 80 international students from more than 35 countries. Activities and events happen from November 13 through 17, as ECC students, employees, and the community can learn about different cultures and how education varies across the globe. International Week events will be at ECC’s Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, Ill. The public is welcome to attend.

International Education Week events include the following:

Parade of Nations and Opening Ceremony

Monday, November 13

10:45 am to 12 pm

Building F, International Lounge to Building B, Jobe Lounge

Join the Parade of Nations from the International Lounge to the Jobe Lounge, where ECC President David Sam, PhD, JD, LLM, opens the week’s events. There will be light refreshments and a musical performance by traditional Korean drummers.


It’s a Different World! How Access and Practice in Education Differ Across the Globe

Tuesday, November 14

2 to 3:30 pm

Building E, Room E125, Seigle Auditorium

Enjoy refreshments and listen to a panel of ECC’s international students share their educational experiences in Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and Venezuela. Attendees can also join virtually via Zoom.


Movie Night

Tuesday, November 14

6 to 9:30 pm

Building B, Room B180/181, Community/Heritage Rooms

Join for an international film that examines class inequality and economic injustice in today’s society. Refreshments and a discussion will follow the movie.


Immigrant Women’s Roundtable

Wednesday, November 15

10:30 am to 12 pm

Building B, Room B182, Alumni Room

Enjoy refreshments and hear from immigrant women as they share their stories and experiences of life in the U.S.


Celebrate Diwali at ECC

Wednesday, November 15

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Building B, Jobe Lounge

Join the first annual celebration of Diwali, the “Festival of Lights.” Enjoy henna and Rangoli art activities, music, and food from the Touch of Spice food truck.


Street Fair

Thursday, November 16

11 am to 1 pm

Building B, Jobe Lounge

Visit different international countries presented by ECC student clubs and organizations.

International Week is sponsored by the Global/International Studies Taskforce (GIST), Office of Student Life and First-Year Programs, and the Center for Global Engagement. Visit for more information.