Global Initiatives Week

Global Initiatives Week

Global Initiatives Week

Global Initiatives Week

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Think Global. Act Local. The Greater La Crosse Region. November 7 – 14, 2014


- 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


- 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


We invite all organizations and businesses in the Coulee Region to consider doing one thing during Global Initiatives Week to increase awareness of global activities and issues, and encourage people to get involved! Your event will be advertised on a centralized calendar of events for the week, but what you do is up to you. The Global Initiatives Week calendar of events will be made available mid-October on this page.

Ideas of what you can do include:

  • Specials or discounts on cultural items or clothing
  • Live band playing international music, or show a film on a global issue
  • Host a breakfast or coffee social with a cultural/global group in our community
  • Host a cultural dance performance, or hold a cooking demonstration of ethnic foods
  • Provide information on how to obtain a passport or how to obtain vaccinations
  • Provide information on international business etiquette or host an educational session
  • Show cultural artwork in your business
  • Need more ideas? Click HERE for a full listing.

Attend and Submit your 2014 event here

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Luncheon with Sister Cities International President and CEO Mary Kane @ Banquet Room, Waterfront Restaurant
Nov 7 @ 11:45 am – 12:15 pm

President and CEO Mary KaneGlobal Initiatives Week Kickoff Luncheon Presented by World Services of La Crosse

La Crosse, Wisconsin, has a vibrant Sister Cities program, boasting seven such relationships and possibly more in the works. Come learn how those relationships benefit your business by joining us for lunch with Sister Cities International President and CEO Mary Kane.

Prior to joining Sister Cities International, Kane was executive director with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where she built business partnerships and strategic alliances. She’ll fuse experience from both posts to share ways that La Crosse’s Sister City relationships can lead to more local economic progress.

Choices for luncheon

·        Turkey Wrap with Avocados, Dried Cranberries, Baby Spinach and Fontina Cheese wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla served with The Waterfront House Side Salad

·         Rosemary-Crusted Salmon Filet – Herb-Roasted Baby Red Potatoes, Roasted Squash, Red Pepper & Onion, Roma Tomato spinach and Balsamic Glaze

Reservations requested by Oct. 31, 2014


Film Screening: HIGH TENSION @ Radisson Ballroom
Nov 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

In the spring of 2013, “The Swiss Machine” Ueli Steck set out to climb Mount Everest and then neighboring Lhotse without oxygen. But he and climbing partner Simone Moro ended up in an ugly confrontation with some Sherpas who were fixing lines on the route. The fight spilled into Camp 2, culminating in a group of Sherpas attacking the two European climbers with rocks. In High Tension, Sender Films, which was embedded with Steck, digs into the Everest clash, an incident with an added dimension after an avalanche killed 16 Sherpa guides on April 18, 2014.

Global Friendship Celebration @ La Crosse Public Library
Nov 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Discover the world! Experience world cultures through dance, crafts, games, language and traditional attire with students from the UW-L Office of International Education. Kids can pick up a “passport” and have it stamped at each station! This special family morning is free. Ages 3+

Envision Program Presentation @ Gundersen LaCrosse Campus (Overholt Auditorium)
Nov 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Want to learn more about clean energy? Come join us as presenters Jeff Rich and Tom Thompson explain Gundersen’s Envision program!
More about the progarm: Gundersen Health System’s environmental program, Envision®, is a model for healthcare providers nationwide. We have developed a portfolio of innovative “green” energy projects designed to lower costs and lead the industry in environmental stewardship.

Study Abroad Presentations: UW-L College of Business Administration @ University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Campus
Nov 11 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Study Abroad Presentations: UW-L College of Business Administration      @ University of Wisconsin-La Crosse  Campus | La Crosse | Wisconsin | United States

Global Consulting Program (GCP), a 16-day study abroad program (May/June 2014) in Bratislava, Slovakia brought students from different countries and backgrounds to work together in teams to research and propose solutions for real local companies, learn to apply their academic knowledge in real-life situations and gain international consulting experience. Watch the video from previous UW-L students in Slovakia who worked with Google, Dell, AT&T, the US Embassy and many other great organizations.

Student who participated in  the faculty led Study Abroad program in New Zealand in January 2014  and in  International Business program in England in July 2014 will also  reflect on their programs and share some of what they got from the experience.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse  Campus, Centennial Hall, Room 2215

International Exploration Day @ North Woods International School
Nov 12 @ 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
International Exploration Day @ North Woods International School | La Crosse | Wisconsin | United States

North Woods International students will have the opportunity to develop global competence during November’s International Exploration Day. By rotating between classrooms, students will have the opportunity to learn more about their grade level’s “Continent of Study”. Students will have the opportunity to: 1) Investigate the word, 2) explore different perspectives, 3)communicate their ideas, and, if possible, 4) take action.

It is open to visitors interested in International Education, and is aimed toward our Kindergarten through grade 5 students.

Please stop by the North Woods main office when you arrive.


Showing of Dakota 38 @ Gundersen LaCrosse Campus (Overholt Auditorium)
Nov 12 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Come join us as we watch the film Dakota 38, a powerful documentary of a Native American man rediscover his historic roots! This film is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

Plot summary:
One hundred-fifty years ago, on the frigid morning of December 26, 1862, United States soldiers marched 38 Dakota men toward a hanging platform; a punishment for their participation in the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. There – in Mankato, Minnesota – 38 Dakota natives were hung, completing the largest mass execution in the history of the United States.

In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller had a vision, a dream. A vivid inspirational journey found him riding on horseback across the great plains of South Dakota where he would arrive at a riverbank in Minnesota to witness the hanging of his 38 ancestors.

As a Native spiritual leader, Vietnam veteran, and recovering alcoholic, Jim made believe that he didn’t have such a journey, but it kept bothering him, night and day.

Four years later, embracing the message of the dream, Jim set out with a group of riders to retrace the 330-mile route of his dream from their reservation in South Dakota back to their homeland in Mankato.
This movie was the winner of the 2012 Special Jury Award at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival and the 2012 Audience Award at the Frozen River Film Festival

Babies (Documentary) @ La Crosse Public Library
Nov 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Thomas Balmès, from an original idea by producer Alain Chabat, Babies simultaneously follows four babies around the world – from birth to first steps. The children are, respectively, in order of on-screen introduction: Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal, who resides with his family in Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan; and Hattie, who resides with her family in the United States, in San Francisco.

Re-defining the nonfiction art form, Babies joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all. Showing of Babies documentary with discussion to follow.

Please contact Liz Arnold at 608-775-3833 for additional information.


  • Coulee Bank
  • Gundersen Global Partners
  • Kwik Trip
  • La Crosse Sister Cities
  • La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • School District of La Crosse
  • University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
  • Viterbo University
  • Western Technical College