Julissa Arce to Kick Off JWU Goes Global


JWU Goes Global, now in its sixth year, is a week-long series of events that will give students, staff and faculty on the Providence campus multiple opportunities to partake in educational programs and cultural events.

Running October 19-23, JWU Goes Global will feature several speakers, a study abroad fair, photo displays, and interactive activities such global trivia and karaoke.

Julissa Arce will kick off this year’s event on Monday, October 19 at 9:20am in Schneider Auditorium. Arce will share her story of “climbing the corporate ladder” as both a Hispanic woman and an undocumented immigrant. Now the director of public affairs at Define American, a media organization that aims to change the culture around immigration and citizenship, Arce will discuss her decision to leave Wall Street and pursue a career as an immigration rights advocate.

Free tickets can be picked up in the BRIDGE Center or Wildcat Center Lounge.

See a full list of the week’s events below.

Define American: Julissa Arce on Immigration, Citizenship and Opportunity
Monday, October 19, 9:20-11am
Schneider Auditorium
Julissa Arce will share her story about climbing Wall Street’s corporate ladder while living in America as an undocumented immigrant for 15 years.

Identity Dialogues: The Danger of a Single Story
Monday, October 19, 2-3pm
The BRIDGE Center
Join the BRIDGE Center staff for a screening of Chimamanda Adichie’s TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story.” A discussion of the causes and consequences of stereotyping will follow.

Reading Abroad: Trust the Wanderlust
Monday, October 19, 4-6pm
Harborside Campus Library
Students, staff and faculty share stories about what inspires them to travel. Refreshments will be provided.

Isla a Isla: One Island at a Time
Monday, October 19, 6:30-8:30pm
Wildcat Center Lounge
Co-sponsored by Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Omega Phi Beta, and Sigma Lambda Upsilon, take part in cultural immersion activities. Refreshments will be provided.

The Awakening of Durga
Tuesday, October 20, 11:30am-1:15pm
The BRIDGE Center
Watch JWU students act out Professor Dorothy Abram’s play in which two women meet and discover each other’s differing response to dealing with the suicide of one woman’s father. Indian refreshments will be provided.

World Peace Game Screening and Simulation
Tuesday, October 20, 1:45-3:30pm
The BRIDGE Center
Join the BRIDGE Center staff for a screening of John Hunter’s TED Talk “Teaching the World Peace Game”. Discussion and simulation will follow. This event is co-facilitated by Residential Life and Student Conduct.

Hunger Around the World
Tuesday, October 20, 4-6pm
Xavier Courtyard
Residential Life will help bring global hunger into perspective.

Global Trivia, Games and Karaoke
Tuesday, October 20, 6-8pm
The BRIDGE Center
International Center Speaker Series: Engaged Scholarship and Education Abroad
Wednesday, October 21, 9:20-11:15am
The BRIDGE Center
The International Center hosts a panel that will discuss how engaged scholarship and education abroad are an important part of the education process.

Study Abroad Fair
Wednesday, October 21, 1-3pm
The Pepsi Forum
Learn about all of the opportunities JWU offers students to study abroad.

JWU Soccer Double Header
Wednesday, October 21, 4pm and 6pm
Scotts Miracle Grow Athletics Complex
Cheer on JWU’s soccer teams with the Global Citizen Program, who will be entertaining the crowd during each halftime.

Peru Geography Series
Wednesday, October 21, 6:30-7:30pm
The BRIDGE Center
Stop by the first Geography Series of the year to learn about Peruvian culture and sample its cuisine.

US and Mexico Higher Education Lunch & Learn
Thursday, October 22, 12-1pm
The BRIDGE Center
Visiting faculty member Carlos A. Gonzalez of CETYS Universidad in Baja California, Mexico will facilitate a discussion for JWU faculty and staff around internationalization efforts in the U.S. and Mexico. B.Y.O.L. (Bring Your Own Lunch)

Not Just Coffee Hour: Memories of Home in Photos Reception
Thursday, October 22, 2:30-3:30pm
The BRIDGE Center
October’s BRIDGE Center art display will feature ESL Professor Emily Spitzman’s students’ photo projects about where they feel most at home. Students will present their work and refreshments will be served.

World Carnival
Thursday, October 22, 6:30-8:30pm
The Pepsi Forum
Hosted by the Cultural Connections Club, JWU students will set up table displays and interactive activities designed to engage attendees with their culture. Traditional dance demonstrations and group dancing will follow. Food from around the world will be served.

Hiring & Global Competencies Workshop
Friday, October 23, 1:30-2:30pm
The BRIDGE Center
Experiential Education & Career Services will facilitate discussions on how to identify students’ existing global competencies and add to them, as well as how to best represent them during their job search.

Many more activities will be taking place throughout the week, including international dinner menus in Snowden Dining Hall, Study Abroad photos on display in the International Center and Downcity Library, Tibetan prayer flag-making in the Den, international students featured on Chef Terranova’s Cooking with Class on NBC10, an international display in the Harborside library and more. 

View a video from a previous International Festival below.