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Global Initiatives Kick-off & Events Celebration

Kick-off Celebration

Global Initiatives Week Kick-off

When: Friday, Nov. 12, 2021
Where: Online

The Global Initiatives Week Kick-off Celebration showcases 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! This year's event will be held virtually.

The kick-off web page can be accessed all week during Global Initiative Week, starting November 12, 2021.

Visit the Global Initiatives Week Kick-off page

Other Global Initiative Week events

For questions about this event or to request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, FM systems, etc.), contact Heather Dutcher at or 608.785.5487.

Sponsored by International Education & Engagement

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Events Throughout Global Initiatives Week

Events Throughout the Week

All Week

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

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Druzhba Chess Club Match

Organized by the La Crosse-Dubna Friendship Association

The international non-competitive chess match will be held on November 13 at 9 a.m. CST. To get involved, please contact Natalia Roberts.

'Druzhba,' which translates to 'friendship' in Russian, is at the heart of this effort to connect local students with new friends in La Crosse's Russian sister city, Dubna.

You can learn more about the Druzhba Chess Club by reading this recent news article from WXOW about the first competition held earlier this year in April.

When: 9 to 11 a.m. Virtually 

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Racism as a Public Health Crisis

Milwaukee County became the first place in the US to declare racism a public health crisis. It then began to establish a racial equity mindset, practices, and policies in its mission to turn Milwaukee from one of the unhealthiest counties in Wisconsin to the healthiest. To date nearly 200 governmental units around the country have followed Milwaukee’s lead.

This interactive multimedia presentation will:
expand your understanding of racism as a social determinant of health locally, regionally and nationally; examine how successful public health campaigns have made our lives better by moving us beyond long-standing but unhealthy cultural practices; increase your desire for and ability to work towards racial equity in your sphere of influence

Address such questions as:
What do we mean by “race”, “racism” & “racial equity”?
What exactly is a “public health approach” to social & cultural problems?
Can societies and cultures change — and if so, how? ü Why is racial equity so hard to achieve?
What can we as concerned individuals do to promote our society’s well-being through racial equity?

When: 1-2:30 p.m.

Where: Virtual & Registration required - 

Cost: FREE 

Sponsored by Waking Up White Collaborative

Monday, November 15, 2021

Storytelling with Terry Visger

Join Global Initiatives Week (GIWeek) in welcoming Terry Visger to the virtual storytelling stage to hear stories from around the world.

When: 5:30 p.m. Monday, November 15, 2021

Where: Virtual - Register Here

Cost: FREE

Sponsored by Global Initiatives Week & University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL)

If you missed it, watch the recording

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Workshop

Learn more about funded opportunities to pursue graduate or professional study, conduct advanced research, or teach English in over 140 countries with the Fulbright U.S. Student Program! Please register for the session here -

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding. -

When: 1 p.m. CST, November 15, 2021

Cost: FREE

Sponsored by University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Tuesday, November 16, 2021


Cultural Coffee Hour

Join UWL international students and study abroad alumni to discuss community from diverse and international perspectives. Cultural Coffee Hour, it is an event that helps create awareness of international topics and issues while generating respect and appreciation of different cultures.

When 5-6 p.m.

Where: Virtual - 

Cost: FREE

Sponsored by UWL's International Education & Engagement

International Trivia

Team trivia with questions on international and global topics (geography, art, sports, and politics). Java Vino will have international food and drink specials. Gift card prizes for the top teams. Reservations (608-787-5282) or early arrival are encouraged!

When: 7-9 p.m.

Where: JavaVino, 2311 State Road, La Crosse, WI

Cost: FREE

Sponsored by JavaVino

Wednesday, November 17, 2021


Unique German Exchange/Internship Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals

CBYX for Young Professionals is short for the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. CBYX for Young Professionals is a fellowship to spend one year in Germany that is fully funded by the U.S. and German governments, and each year, our team selects 75 Americans from all around the United States to participate. Learn from a current German CBYX UWL student, Jan Gessler! 

When: 5-6 p.m. 

Where: 1140 Centennial Hall; University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Cost: FREE

Sponsored by UWL's International Education & Engagement and CBYX

Irish Rock 'n' Roll: A global history

When: 6-7 p.m.

Where: Eagles Club, 630 6th St S, La Crosse, WI or
 virtually at

Cost: FREE 

Sponsored by La Crosse-Bantry Friendship Association

Irish Music at Strassers

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Strassers Tavern, 1310 Denton Street, La Crosse, WI 

Cost: FREE 

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Identities Project- Civil Dialogue: Religious Expression

Religion, faith, and spirituality are important in how individuals perceive themselves and engage in the world around them. Rarely do we reflect on our own spirituality in relations to other faith backgrounds, ask questions, and debunk myths and stereotypes about our faith practices. In this Identities Project civil dialogue, we will have a panel of individuals representing a variety of faith and spirituality backgrounds and we will discuss our own practices, ask mindful questions of one another, and work to create space for an inclusive interfaith campus community

When: 6-7 p.m.

Where: School of Nursing Building 196

Cost: FREE 

Sponsored by Viterbo University

Friday, November 19, 2021

Gabby Beckford- Packs Light Travel Blogger

Gabby is a full-time travel influencer of @packslight, who got her start by studying abroad her junior year of college. The odds were stacked against her: BIPOC, about to graduate, and with a STEM degree. Yet she enjoyed an entire year studying abroad in Dubai, UAE (completely paid with scholarships too!). She's here to answer all of your questions and show you that YOU can study abroad, too!

When: 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Where: Online & Registration Required - 

Cost: FREE 

Sponsored by Viterbo University