Kick-Off Celebration

When: November 2, 2018 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Where: North Woods International School (N2541 Sablewood Road, La Crosse, WI 54601)

What: The GIWeek Kick Off Celebration showcases an evening of performances, cooking demonstrations, multilingual children's story time, displays, booths and so much more! This event is family friendly, FREE, and for all ages! Please join us in learning about the world beyond our borders by thinking globally and acting locally! 

Cost: FREE

Shuttle Transportation: (Outgoing time at location / Returning time at location)


Times: 3:00, 4:00, 5:00 / 6:50, 7:55


Times: 3:05, 4:05, 5:05 / 6:45, 7:45


Times: 3:15, 4:15, 5:15 / 6:35, 7:35


Times: 3:25, 4:25, 5:25 / 6:25, 7:25


Times: 3:35, 4:35, 5:35 / 6:15, 7:15

Thank you La Crosse Community Foundation Global Awareness Fund, Midwest Family Broadcasting, UW-La Crosse, City of La Crosse International Committee, DigiCOPY, Explore La Crosse, Gundersen Global Partners, Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse-Bantry Friendship Association and La Crosse-Dubna Friendship Association for your generous support and promotion of Global Initiatives Week!

Events All Week Long: November 2 - 9, 2018

  • Cabin Coffee will highlight an international coffee each day ($)
  • Global Grounds will offer $1.00 off smoothie products
  • Mention "Global Initiatives Week" for discounts at the following:
    • Dim Sum Tea Shop (10%)
    • El Rodeo (10%)
    • Grounded Coffee Shop & Patio (10%)
    • Hackberrys (10%)
    • Hmong Golden Egg Rolls (15%)
    • Iguanas Mexican Street Cafe (15%)
    • Le Chateau (10%)
    • Root Note (10%)
    • That Foreign Place (10%)

Events Throughout Global Initiatives Week:

11/01/2018 (Pre-Week Event) Annual Conference: Embracing and Integrating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Engagement Initiatives Into Your Business Comprehensive Strategic Plan

When: 8 AM - 2:30 PM

Where: Lunda Center, Western Technical College

Cost: $20 - $90 (includes lunch) - Registration closes October 26, 2018

Join us to learn from expert speakers who will share best practices for addressing inequities in today’s workplace. Define equity, diversity and inclusion and what it means when creating a company culture as your company prepares for successful strategic planning.


11/02/2018 Hear, Here - Three Waves of Immigration in La Crosse: A Self-Guided Oral History Tour

Hear, Here, the national award winning audio-documentary project, will take you through the impact of three waves of migrants into La Crosse: German, Hmoob, and Cuban. This self-guided tour will ask you: how do the experiences of these migrants differ and why does this difference matter? More information about Hear, Here - 

Where: Online Pre-Conference Self-Guided Event - 

Cost: FREE

11/02/2018 The Father Joseph Walijewski Guild Dinner Benefiting Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II featuring a special guest from Peru

5:30 PM Social Hour, Dinner & Program to Follow

Cost: $50 

11/03/2018 iFeed 2018

A one-day event where Interact Clubs work to alleviate hunger in the world AND in our own communities. Bring a non-perishable food items if possible. These food items will stay local and be distributed via the Hunger Task Force.

When: 8 AM - 12 PM

Where: Logan High School, 1500 Ranger Dr, La Crosse, WI 54603

Cost: FREE 

11/03/2018 Global Friendships

When: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Where: La Crosse Public Library Main - 800 MAIN ST, LA CROSSE

Cost: FREE

Discover the world! Experience world cultures through dance, crafts, games, language and traditional attire with students from UW-L's Office of International Education and Engagement. Kids can pick up a “passport” and have it stamped at each station! This special family morning is free. 

11/03/2018 Hmoob Immigration, Meaning and Impact in La Crosse: An Oral History Tour

Take a guided tour through stories told by La Crosse community members relating to Hmoob immigration to the area. The spaces highlighted on this tour tell stories about anti-war protests, settling into new homes, and opening businesses.

When: 2 PM - 3 PM

Cost: FREE 

11/03/2018 German Dinner Fundraiser

Join Faith Lutheran Church for a German Dinner fundraiser. One glass of wine/beer included in ticket purchase. 

When: 5 PM - 7 PM

Where: Faith Lutheran Church, 1407 Main St, La Crosse, WI 54601

Cost: $10 - There are only 100 tickets! To obtain a ticket please call (608) 782-3696

11/05/2018 Film Screening: Ethiopia Rising Documentary

"Ethiopia Rising" is the story of the phenomenal environmental transformation of a nation told through the experience of one man, Aba Hawi, who mobilised an entire community to regenerate the surrounding hillsides, and in so doing saved his village from certain extinction. 

Question and answer time to follow with UWL faculty and Global Partners' representative from Ethiopia program.

When: 5 PM - 7 PM

Where: 120 Theater, Student Union, UW-La Crosse

Cost: FREE 

11/06/2018 Cultural Coffee Hour - International Business

Please join us for an evening of great conversation over free coffee and cookies. It is a great way to meet new people, discuss international topics and learn about different cultures. For this Cultural Coffee Hour we will be discussing International Business with international students and study abroad alum who will share their knowledge and experiences.

When: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Where: 1300 Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall, UW-La Crosse

Cost: FREE 

11/07/2018 Community Resilience Symposium: How do we change environmental inequities?

Vulnerable populations, particularly those who live in poverty, are disproportionately affected by environmental hazards, including the impacts of global climate change. As The 7 Rivers Region experiences more frequent and intense heavy precipitation events, a trend will accelerate in the years to come, who in the City of La Crosse is most at risk? How do these inequities affect the entire community, and what are those costs? How do our land use and development patterns contribute to these disparities? We will introduce some local organizations and initiatives addressing these equity issues already, and learn how you best can support them.

How does this connect to Global Initiatives Week? Simple. In 2015 the UN released the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a set of 17 interconnected goals which call for world-wide cooperation to address a wide-range of social, environmental, and governance challenges. Our efforts to become more resilient and sustainable in the Driftless region speak directly to the Global Goals, connecting our work to countless others' work across the globe.

When: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Where: Lunda Center, Western Technical College

Cost: General $30 & Student Rate: $15 - Visit to register today! 

11/07/2018 La Crosse SOUP

SOUP’s ON! Please like and share this event to spread the word and help us raise even more money for some remarkable projects.

The Fall La Crosse SOUP-Global Night event will be at the Concordia Ballroom in celebration of Global Initiatives Week. Come and help us celebrate the amazing global connections in our community with a special performance by the most recent La Crosse SOUP winners - the Hmong Youth Dance Troupe.

La Crosse SOUP events are for people of all ages and together we strive to make this city better. For a suggested donation of $5, attendees receive a cup of soup and a vote. Together, we will listen to four groups who each have four minutes to share an idea on how to make this community better. The audience can ask up to four questions of each presenter. Once all ideas are shared, everyone votes for her/his favorite. At the end of the night, the votes are counted and one of the groups will walk away with all the money raised that evening. Three months ago Cia Siab Inc, made a pitch to create a Hmong Youth Dance Troupe and took home $2,364.31!

Joining in the SOUP fun will be several local businesses providing soups with an ethnic focus. As usual we will have additional items available to raise further donations for the winning pitch: a local brewery will be providing beer and we’ll have students from a local school providing drinks and desserts.

Plan on coming early to find a seat, eat, and connect with your friends and neighbors.

5:00 – Doors open (food and drinks served)

6:00 – Program begins

7:30 – Winner announced

To keep expenses low and minimize impact on our planet, please try to bring your own bowl and spoon. If you forget, don’t worry, we will have some biodegradable spoons and bowls for you to use. There will be some tables and chairs, but please feel free to bring your own blankets if that is more your style. As always reach out if you have any questions.

For more information about La Crosse SOUP go to Have an idea to make La Crosse better? Submit a pitch by 10/28 to be considered for SOUP-Global Night

Where: Concordia Ballroom, La Crosse, WI

When: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM 

Cost: $5 suggested donation 

11/07/2018 Film Screening: The Split Horn

THE SPLIT HORN is the sweeping story of a Hmong shaman and his family living in Appleton, Wisconsin. Documenting the 17-year journey of Paja Thao and his family from the mountains of Laos to the heartland of America, this poignant film shows a shaman's struggles to maintain his ancient traditions as his children embrace American culture."- PBS More information can be found at 

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Where: La Crosse Public Library Main - 800 Main Street, La Crosse, WI 54601

Cost: FREE 

11/07/2018 Northern Ireland from the Troubles to Brexit

Kenneth Shonk, UWL Associate Professor, World History and Social Studies Education will speak on Northern Ireland.

When: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: Eagles Club - 630 6th Street South, La Crosse, WI 

Cost: FREE 

11/08/2018  Film Screening: Ethiopia Rising Documentary

"Ethiopia Rising" is the story of the phenomenal environmental transformation of a nation told through the experience of one man, Aba Hawi, who mobilised an entire community to regenerate the surrounding hillsides, and in so doing saved his village from certain extinction. 

When: 12 PM - 1 PM

Where: Overholt Auditorium, Gundersen Health System, 1900 South Avenue, La Crosse, WI 54601

Cost: FREE 

11/08/2018 One La Crosse, Many Voices

One La Crosse, Many Voices is a new series featuring local residents who are first generation immigrants. This month's featured presenter is Rev. Canon Patrick Augustine of Christ Episcopal Church. Join us to listen to stories of his experiences living in Pakistan and the United States.

When: 6 PM - 8 PM

Where: La Crosse Public Library Main - 800 Main Street, La Crosse, WI 54601

Cost: FREE 

11/11/2018 (Post Week Event) When Crisis Calls: Advancing Just Migration for All

Open to all. This presentation will look at how to engage locally and globally to support refugees and other displaced people, and take action to address the global migration crisis.

When: 10 AM - 11:15 AM

Where: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of La Crosse - 401 West Ave S, La Crosse, WI 54601

Cost: FREE 

11/11/2018 (Post Week Event) Cultural Creations with UWL Art Students

This drop by workshop will offer participants three unique cultural explorations in art-making. The three areas of these cultural, "makers' spaces" will be: Masks, Beads, and Flags. Participants will be encouraged to explore global examples and to create their own version.

When: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Where: Children's Museum of La Crosse - 207 5th Avenue South, La Crosse, WI 54601

Cost: $7.00 per person ($6 on Sundays) & Infants (under 12 months) and Members FREE Become a Member

Children must be accompanied by an adult (age 16+). At least one adult required per five children. 

11/12/2018 (Post Week Event) Islamophobia in Action with Dr. Louise Cainkar

The UWL Anti-Islamophobia Working Group presents: Islamophobia in Action with Dr. Louise Cainkar (Marquette University) 

Anti-Muslim sentiments and actions in the U.S. are much more than religious intolerance. They function as a form of racism, as they are similarly built on narratives that lead to distorted understandings of people and actions that punish anyone presumed to be a group member. This talk focuses on why some aspects of American culture promote Islamophobia, including through its history and media portrayal of Muslim populations around the world. It also looks at the harmful impacts of Islamophobia on American men, women, and youth.  

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Where: 1300 Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall, UW-La Crosse

Cost: FREE

11/13/2018 (Post Week Event) Cultural Coffee Hour - Food Culture

Join us for an evening of great conversation over coffee and cookies while discussing food culture around the world.

When: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Where: 1300 Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall, UW-La Crosse

Cost: FREE 

11/14/2018 (Post Week Event) Leadership in a Globalized World: Lessons from Abroad

Dr. Bruce is a thought provoking motivational speaker, educator, researcher and international traveler. His passion for exploring the globe and connecting cultures opens doors to a world of possibilities. His journey inspires students and educators to reach beyond their familiar surroundings and encourages them to live, learn and work abroad.

When: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Where: 1300 Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall, UW-La Crosse

Cost: FREE