Gordon State Welcomes Intercultural Education Week

Gordon State College welcomes Intercultural Education Week November 15-18. During the week, students can tour spotlights of different cultures and countries across campus, including McDonough. They can also attend the three panel discussions on various topics, including students’ study abroad experiences, the value of international experiences and the daily lives of Kurdish and American students.

For the campus tour, students should first pick up a passport at IC 206, IC 109 or at the Community Education House (301 Spencer Street). Students will have their passport stamped at each exhibit location. Students will also scan the QR code found within the displays, which will take them to a brief video for that culture and the unique password to enter into their passports. 

Students who have submitted fully completed passports by 3pm on Thursday, November 18 will be entered in a drawing for the chance to be named GSC’s International Traveler on social media.

The Highlander Dining Hall menus will feature Italian fare on Monday and Jamaican fare on Thursday.


Tour the Campus Cultures and Countries


The Hightower Collaborative Learning Center and Library has transformed an area dedicated to Italy.

The Office of Housing and Residence Life selected Mexico for its spotlight (Gordon Village).

The Bahamas is featured in the Office of Innovation Education and Strategic Initiatives, which is located in the Community Education House at 301 Spencer Street.  

In Lambdin Hall, Academic Affairs will present a display on France (Room 345, Third Floor), and Human Resources will present a display on Greece (Room 132, First Floor). 

In the Student Services Center, the Bursar’s office is featuring Brazil.

In the McDonough Center, India is the featured country.

In the IC, Math, Engineering, and Computer Science have a spotlight on Iceland (IC 322) and Dr. Richard Schmude selected Guatemala for his spotlight (IC 238).

In the SARC, a tribute to China is featured by the Office of Student Life and Recreation.

In the Student Center, Columbia is the featured country for the Dean of Students in room 208 and the Counseling and Accessibilities Office has dedicated their area to Jamaica in room 212. 



Panel Discussions


Why I Studied Abroad: Gordon students reflect on their study abroad experiences in Ireland, Wales, Barcelona, USG Goes Global and Virtual Exchange

Monday, November 15 at 2pm – Academic 201

Moderator: Dr. Karen Guffey, Professor of Spanish


Joshua Young, USG Goes Global – London

Hannah Norwood & Joshua McNeese - Aberystwyth University, Wales (semester abroad)

Emma Mixon - Barcelona (Spanish language & summer term) Ireland (short-term study)

Susan Hoffman & Tabish Ghani - IREX Virtual Exchange, Kurdistan

Cassie Danekes, USG Goes Global Program Manager


Global Ties and Cross-Cultural Competency: professionals discuss the value of international experiences

Tuesday, November 16 at 11am – Library 226A

Moderator: Dr. Victor Vilchiz, Dean, School of Nursing, Health & Natural Sciences & Professor of Chemistry

Organizer: Dr. Christy Flatt, Professor of Sociology


Dr. Niamh Hamill, Director of Institute of Study Abroad Ireland  

Lindsey Powers, Senior Program Officer II, Washington, DC IREX (Iraq and Jordan virtual exchange program)

Dr. Amanda Duffus, Professor of Biology, Gordon State College


University Life: Kurdish and American students discuss their daily lives

Wednesday, November 17 at 9:30 am – Library 226A

Moderator: Dr. Barry Kicklighter, Dean Business, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences & Professor of Psychology

Organizer: Dr. Christy Flatt, Professor of Sociology, Gordon State College


For more information, visit the IEW home page with quick links to each country and special presentation videos, visit: https://www.gordonstate.edu/academics/international-studies/intercultural-education-week/index.html.