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A Global Celebration with Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers

The Opening Celebration is a FREE event open to the general public to celebrate the beginning of the 3rd annual Global Initiatives Week for the greater La Crosse region. 

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Frozen River Film Festival and the Pump House presents: Miss Tibet

 Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile follows Tenzin Khecheo, a Tibetan-American teenager from Minnesota as she travels to the Indian Himalayas to compete in this “beauty pageant with a difference.”

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La Crosse Global Initiatives Week November 6-13, 2015

 

La Crosse Global Initiatives Week November 6-13, 2015

 

 

INCREASING AWARENESS:

– Highlight the connections our region has with communities around the world – Educate individuals in our community regarding global issues – Be a catalyst for conversations, ideas and initiatives

INSPIRING ACTION:

– Inspire and motivate people to become involved in global issues locally and abroad – Improve our community through increased cultural competency – Contribute to our region’s economic growth  

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FAQ PDF WHAT IS GLOBAL INITIATIVES WEEK? Global Initiatives Week is a week-long celebration of the Coulee Region’s global connections. It showcases the cultural, social and economic value of our community through a variety of activities held during the week, including dance, art, film, speakers and more. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? Global Initiatives Week encourages us as individuals and organizations to become a community with a deep sense of global responsibility and engagement. The diverse activities of the week encourage us to think globally as they highlight our region’s global connections through commerce, tourism, education, volunteerism, delegations, and cultural diversity. Ultimately, the week’s activities inspire us to act locally by:

  • Getting involved in global issues and partnerships
  • Improving cultural competences to work with diverse populations
  • Encouraging businesses to utilize information and tools that help them stay competitive in a global market.

WHEN IS GLOBAL INITIATIVES WEEK? November 6-13, 2015 – it goes from the first to second Friday in November. WHAT EVENTS TOOK PLACE DURING THE 2014 GLOBAL INITIATIVES WEEK? There were more than 20 separate events in the La Crosse region last year, including films, speakers, dances and cultural celebrations. Events included:

·       Luncheon with keynote speaker Mary Kane, hosted by World Services of La Crosse, Inc.·       Film: “High Tension” at Radisson, hosted by the Frozen River Film Festival·       Global Friendship Celebration at the La Crosse Public Library, hosted by UW-L International Students·       Coffees of the World at Cabin Coffee·       Envision Noon Conference presentation at Gundersen Health System·       Tastes from Around the World at the Gundersen Hospital cafeteria·       La Crosse Friends of International Students presentation at UW-La Crosse·       Cultural Coffee Hour at UW-La Crosse·       Business Students’ Study Abroad Reflections at UW-La Crosse ·       Global Events at Logan High School·       International Display at Piggy’s, hosted by Rotary East·       Music in the Holocaust webinar, hosted by Viterbo University·       International Exploration Day at North Woods International School·       Film: “Dakota 38” at Gundersen·       German Day, hosted by Travel Leaders·       Film: “Babies” at La Crosse Public Library·       International Faculty Panel at UW-La Crosse·       Hmong Cultural Performance at Coulee Bank·       World Night Out at the Children’s Museum·       International Dance at Viterbo University·       Festival of Cultures at UW-La Crosse ·       International Wines on sale at Wine Guyz

  WHAT IMPACT DID THESE EVENTS MAKE ON THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED? The 20+ events held during the 2014 Global Initiatives Week reached nearly 2,000 individuals in the Coulee Region! In a survey sent to participants in the week’s events, 73% of respondents indicated an increased awareness of our region’s cultural or global connections, and over 60% indicated they were more likely to participate in activities that promote cultural or global connections as a result of participating in GIW activities. Below are a few of the comments made by 2014 participants which reveal the impact of GIW activities:

  • I am much more aware of what is available throughout the community in terms of international awareness.
  • [I have] increasing appreciation for diversity and it’s + [positive] effects on a community.
  • Understanding how and what others suffered through in the past helps us potentially avoid creating similar situations and beliefs. We brought our 3 boys, ages 8, 10 and 13, with us [to the Dakota 38 film] and they had plenty of questions on the ride home.
  • I found many similarities with many of the professors and it made me realize the similarities between people, rather than the differences.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? Anyone! Any organization in the La Crosse region is welcome to plan and/or host an event as part of this week’s celebration. There is no cost to promote your event as part of Global Initiatives Week. Similarly, anyone is welcome to participate in the events during the week. Certain events may be appropriate for specific audiences (e.g. children, adults, families) depending on the content. These parameters will be specified in the listing of the event on the www.explorelacrosse.com/global website. HOW DO WE GET INVOLVED? If you want to plan or host an event for promotion through Global Initiatives Week, please add your event to the calendar via the site www.explorelacrosse.com/global. Submit your event by September 18th to maximize promotion of your event through press releases, the GIW calendar, media coverage and more. WHAT KIND OF PROMOTION CAN I EXPECT TO RECEIVE FOR MY EVENT?

  • Broad sharing of the calendar of events through the La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau email lists and social media sites
  • Fliers pointing people to the website and calendar of events
  • GIW Facebook page promotion of specific events
  • Local media coverage (in 2014, this included: donated radio spots by Midwest Family Broadcasting which aired on 6 radio stations; radio interviews in La Crosse & Winona; TV interviews highlighting the World Services Luncheon and Cabin Coffee events; and an article in the La Crosse Tribune)
  • In 2015, several local magazines have expressed interest in producing articles to cover the week

It is up to each participating organization to also distribute information to their email lists or contacts, create fliers for promotion, and issue press releases as needed. WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS? If you have specific questions or need support in planning an event, please contact Global Initiatives Week co-chairs Paisley Sichone (P.Sichone@lacrosse.lib.wi.us) or Heidi Svee (Heidi_Svee@experienceworks.org).   Save the date! The 2016 Global Initiatives Week will be held November 4-11th

 

Liz Arnold, MPH

Administrative Director, Global Partners

Direct: 608-775-3833 | Cell: 608-385-1409 

ejarnold@gundersenhealth.org

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