Spring 2023 events

The International Education Center’s Global Citizenship Project (GCP) concludes programming theme this academic year: Transcending Divisions. Several events will highlight our Global Read: The Book of Joy.

Check out some of our prior events on our GCP YouTube Playlist. Our calendar includes events for prospective and current international students, study abroad info sessions, meetings for employees, and cultural events open to the public.


January

Thursday, January 5, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Learn English at Brookdale
This info session will give you an overview of the English as a Second Language program offered by Brookdale Community College.
Please register for this event

Thursday, January 5, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Learn English at Brookdale
This info session will give you an overview of the English as a Second Language program offered by Brookdale Community College.
Please register for this event

Wednesday, January 11, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., in MAN 106 and via Zoom
International Student Orientation
New International students will learn about Brookdale and adjustment to academic life by meeting current Brookdale students, faculty and employees.
Sign up now for Spring 2023 Orientation

Tuesday, January 17, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in MAN 106 and via Zoom
F-1 Student Immigration Rules
Follow up session to International Student Orientation for new F1 international students. We will explain all the F1 student immigration rules and regulations that students must obey in the U.S. to stay in legal F1 status. We will answer all questions regarding this topic.
Sign up now for F-1 Student Regulations session.

Thursday, January 26; 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., via Zoom
International Education Advisory Council
Open to all employees interested in international issues.
Zoom link: https://brookdalecc.zoom.us/j/96854061978

Tuesday, January 31, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., MAN 108 & via Zoom
Global Citizenship Meeting
The Global Citizenship Distinction Initiative (GCD) is a recognition program open to all students, regardless of major or GPA, who want to engage in globally focused curricular and co-curricular activities as they pursue a degree. Learn more here.
Link if Joining via zoom https://brookdalecc.zoom.us/j/93103392167


February

Thursday, February 2, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
F-1 Students! How to Apply to Brookdale 
Meet a member of the International Education Center. Learn about Brookdale and our academic programs. Get help in completing your application. Ask questions about online and in-person classes. Find out about the visa application process.
Please register for this event

Tuesday, February 7, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m; MAN 108
Study Away Arizona Info Session
Rather than read headlines about what life is like at the U.S.-Mexico border, join us as we take a desert walk along the border and meet the people who live there and have traveled there. Hear their stories and deepen your understanding about borders, economies, migration, and social justice. Students will trek along the borderlands, meet migrants and community leaders, and explore a variety of immigration-related issues through hands-on workshops.
If you believe college research can be hands-on and fun, come to an information session about our faculty-led program to Tucson, Arizona in summer 2023.

Civility Week February 13 – 17, 2023
Visit the Civility Week webpage for more information on all events and how you can participate.

Tuesday, February 14, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m; Room TBD
Transcending Divisions: Does Social Media Allow Free Speech Everywhere? (A Civility Week Event) 
International students debate about freedom of speech and various equality issues around the globe.
Sponsored by International Student Association, International Education Center, and Civility Week Committee.

Tuesday, February 14, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m; MAN 108 & via Zoom
Global Citizenship Distinction Orientation
The Global Citizenship Distinction Initiative (GCD) is a recognition program open to all students, regardless of major or GPA, who want to engage in globally focused curricular and co-curricular activities as they pursue a degree. Learn more here.
Link if joining via zoom https://brookdalecc.zoom.us/j/93103392167

Thursday, February 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m; MAS 210 and via Zoom
F-1 Students American Style Resume and Handshake
Career Services and Transfer Pathway representatives will share with international students how to write an American Style resume and how to prepare for a job interview in the U.S.  It is a very popular workshop for international students because these requirements in their home country may be different.
Sponsored by Career, Leadership and Transfer Pathways and International Education Center
Click this link to register via Handshake.

Friday, February 17, Time & Location TBD
Transcending Divisions: The Book of Joy: Selected Readings and Discussion (A Civility Week and Global Read Event)
Students enrolled in the Global Citizenship Distinction Program will read selected passages from this year’s Global Read selection, The Book of Joy, and will engage the audience in a discussion. The Book of Joy is the outcome of a week-long meeting between his holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in Dharamsala, India. In this historical meeting, two of the world’s most influential spiritual leaders discussed one of life’s most important questions: how do we find joy despite suffering? 
Sponsored by International Education Center, Global Citizenship Distinction Initiative, and Civility Week Committee

Thursday, February 23, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m; MAS 105
Transcending Divisions: Truth to Power: A Conversation with Caroline Hunter
Growing up in segregated New Orleans, Caroline Hunter was told what she couldn’t do: Sit in the front of a bus, drink water from the same fountain as white students, sit at a lunch counter, or try on clothes in a department store. No one told her that she could start an international movement to fight against apartheid in South Africa. She did it anyway!
When Caroline Hunter landed a job as a corporate research scientist at Polaroid, it was supposed to be the start of her career as a chemist. But soon after arriving, in 1970, she and her coworker (and future husband), Ken Williams, discovered Polaroid was producing the passbooks, key to the oppression of Black people in South Africa. She could not remain silent. Instead, she found her voice and changed the world!
Free lunch will be provided.
Event co-sponsors include Brookdale’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Life and Activities, the Global Citizenship Project, the International Education Center, the Black Student Union and the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center in Red Bank. Funding has been made possible in part through a Community College Opportunity Grant.
For more information, contact Prof. Debbie Mura, dmura@brookdalecc.edu

Tuesday, February 28, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m; MAN 108 & via Zoom
General Study Abroad Info Session
Learn about semester, J-term and summer study abroad options. Learn about scholarships and how to use financial aid to fund your study abroad experience.
Link if joining via Zoom: https://brookdalecc.zoom.us/j/97870842857


March

Thursday, March 2, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
Employment Options for F-1 International Students 
Gaining practical experience is an important part your education in the U.S. Learn about on-campus and off-campus work opportunities for F-1 students. We will cover topics such as Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), On-campus Employment, and Off-Campus Employment Based on Economic Hardship. You will also learn about campus resources that can assist you in searching for internships and jobs.
Please register for this event

Thursday, March 2, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m; via Zoom
Study Away Arizona Info Session
Rather than read headlines about what life is like at the U.S.-Mexico border, join us as we take a desert walk along the border and meet the people who live there and have traveled there. Hear their stories and deepen your understanding about borders, economies, migration, and social justice. Students will trek along the borderlands, meet migrants and community leaders, and explore a variety of immigration-related issues through hands-on workshops.
If you believe college research can be hands-on and fun, come to an information session about our faculty-led program to Tucson, Arizona in summer 2023.
Link to join via Zoom: https://brookdalecc.zoom.us/j/96032530174

Tuesday, March 7, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m
General Study Abroad Info Session
Learn about semester, J-term and summer study abroad options. Learn about scholarships and how to use financial aid to fund your study abroad experience.
Link if joining via Zoom: https://brookdalecc.zoom.us/j/97870842857

Tuesday, March 7, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m; MAN 108 and via Zoom
Global Citizenship Distinction Monthly Meeting
The Global Citizenship Distinction Initiative (GCD) is a recognition program open to all students, regardless of major or GPA, who want to engage in globally focused curricular and co-curricular activities as they pursue a degree. Learn more here.
Join on zoom https://brookdalecc.zoom.us/j/93103392167

Thursday, March 9, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m; Bankier Library
Transcending Divisions: The Human Library
Challenge your own biases and come and check out a “book.” At this event, people are open books willing to share their story and engage in a conversation with you the “reader.” This event will provide a safe space for dialogue and an opportunity to ask difficult questions.
Sponsored by the Global Citizenship Project, International Education Center, Bankier Library, Diversity and Inclusion/CCOG
Free and Open to the Public
For more information visit our webpage www.brookdalecc.edu/the-human-library; contact Brooke Batchler, bbatchler@brookdalecc.edu or Ashley Zampogna-Krug, azampognakrug@brookdalecc.edu

Tuesday, March 21, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m; MAN 202
F-1 International Student Transfer Workshop
International students will meet representatives from local universities. We will also have Brookdale advisors who will share Brookdale’s transfer resources.
Sponsored by International Education Center and Academic Advising

Friday, March 31, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m; Student Life Center, Navesink I
Transcending Divisions: Happvism (A Global Read Event)
Join us as we enhance our reading of The Book of Joy with an interactive event. Justis Lopez will guide and engage the audience in Happyvism, a project that activates and spreads joy in black and brown communities by embracing self-love.
Sponsored by Global Citizenship Project, International Education Center, Diversity and Inclusion/CCOG


April

Tuesday, April 4, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m; Student Life Center, Navesink Rooms
Transcending Divisions: International Festival
Each spring the International Student Association hosts the annual International Festival. The festival is a multicultural celebration, featuring ethnic food, dance and music, arts and crafts, and cultural booths. Several Brookdale clubs and organizations, and individual students are involved in the festival representing their unique international and cultural significance.
A highlight of this year’s festival will feature Afro Brazilian Capoeira:  Spanning 500 years this martial art was hidden in dance, music and the coded language of Brazilian Portuguese. The Crew: Baiano, Amazonas, Gaivota, and Graveto are all professional instructors and practitioners who come from all parts of NJ to demonstrate and facilitate the workshop which will involve the movements, music, and magic of the art of Capoeira. Join us! No experience necessary! Watch a video showcasing Capoeira martial art: VIDEO LINK
Sponsored by International Student Association, Student Life and Activities, International Education Center, Diversity and Inclusion/CCOG
Free and Open to the Public

Tuesday, April 4, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m; MAN 108 and via Zoom
Global Citizenship Distinction Monthly Meeting
The Global Citizenship Distinction Initiative (GCD) is a recognition program open to all students, regardless of major or GPA, who want to engage in globally focused curricular and co-curricular activities as they pursue a degree. Learn more here.
Link if joining via zoom https://brookdalecc.zoom.us/j/93103392167

Thursday, April 6, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
Learn English at Brookdale
This info session will give you an overview of the English as a Second Language program offered by Brookdale Community College. You will learn how to apply, about online and in-person classes, what types of ESL classes are offered, costs, and program dates.
Please register for this event

Thursday, April 13, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m; via Zoom
Transcending Divisions: The “Challenges of Mental Illness in Nigeria”
Dr. Ogonnaya Ndupu will discuss the “Challenges of Mental Illness in Nigeria” based on her experience as a neuropsychiatrist.
Sponsored by the Global Citizenship Distinction Initiative, International Education Center
Link to join via Zoom: https://brookdalecc.zoom.us/j/984 8848 1066

Monday, April 24, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m; Student Life Center
Transcending Divisions: Global Citizenship Awards Ceremony
At the 12th annual Global Citizenship Project (GCP) Awards ceremony, Brookdalians will be celebrated for their globally minded coursework and/or their service to the community.
Sponsored by International Education Center, Global Citizenship Project & Student Life & Activities.
Free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
Learn English at Brookdale
This info session will give you an overview of the English as a Second Language program offered by Brookdale Community College. You will learn how to apply, about online and in-person classes, what types of ESL classes are offered, costs, and program dates.
Please register for this event


May

Tuesday, May 2, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m; MAN 108 and via Zoom
Global Citizenship Distinction Monthly Meeting
The Global Citizenship Distinction Initiative (GCD) is a recognition program open to all students, regardless of major or GPA, who want to engage in globally focused curricular and co-curricular activities as they pursue a degree. Learn more here.
Link if joining via zoom https://brookdalecc.zoom.us/j/93103392167

Thursday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
Connect with Current International Students
Hear from current Brookdale international students about what it is like to attend a community college. Learn about classes, student activities, athletic programs, and more.
Please register for this event


Summer 2023

June

Thursday, June 1, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
How to Apply for your F-1 Student Visa at a U.S. Embassy
We will review the visa application process and provide advice to help you prepare for your visa interview. Topics include what documents to bring, questions you may be asked, and what to do if your visa is denied.
Please register for this event


July

Thursday, July 6, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
Pre-Arrival Information for Accepted International Students
We will cover everything you need to know before arriving to Brookdale. Topics include your I-20 form, the visa application process, housing, placement tests, advising and class registration, methods of payment, health insurance, immunizations, travel, COVID-19 requirements, etc.
Please register for this event

Thursday, July 20, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
How to Apply for your F-1 Student Visa at a U.S. Embassy
We will review the visa application process and provide advice to help you prepare for your visa interview. Topics include what documents to bring, questions you may be asked, and what to do if your visa is denied.
Please register for this event


August

Thursday, August 3, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
Pre-Arrival Information for Accepted International Students
We will cover everything you need to know before arriving to Brookdale. Topics include your I-20 form, the visa application process, housing, placement tests, advising and class registration, methods of payment, health insurance, immunizations, travel, COVID-19 requirements, etc.
Please register for this event

Thursday, August 10, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
Learn English at Brookdale
This info session will give you an overview of the English as a Second Language program (ESL) offered by Brookdale Community College. You will learn how to apply, about online and in-person classes, what types of ESL classes are offered, costs, and program dates.
Please register for this event

Thursday, August 24, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
Learn English at Brookdale
This info session will give you an overview of the English as a Second Language program (ESL) offered by Brookdale Community College. You will learn how to apply, about online and in-person classes, what types of ESL classes are offered, costs, and program dates.
Please register for this event

Thursday, August 24, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m
Learn English at Brookdale
This info session will give you an overview of the English as a Second Language program (ESL) offered by Brookdale Community College. You will learn how to apply, about online and in-person classes, what types of ESL classes are offered, costs, and program dates.
Please register for this event