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Spring 2020 Events



Alumni Networking Trip to Washington, DC

Students will be traveling to Washington, DC January 7-9 to visit with eight of our International Studies and International Business alumni to learn about career paths and options in our field. We’ll even be visiting the White House.



Wolof Language Lessons

Study a West African trade language and culture! Wolof lessons will be offerered on Sunday evenings from 6-7 pm in DMH 231, Feb. 9 - Apr. 9. Students of all majors are encouraged to attend. Drop by DMH 251 or contact for more information.



United Nations Security Council Simulation: May 2020 Intersession Course

Info Session
The information session will be held from 10-11 a.m. in CNS 200.



Global Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities

Chilean Environmental Lawyer Arturo Brandt will join us in the Kelley Center at 5 p.m. to discuss up-to-date global efforts to adapt and mitigate climate change, with a specific focus on the emerging field of Climate Finance. Mr. Brandt has broad experience in the global environmental conservation effort and currently serves as a senior broker for Latin American Environmental Markets with Tradition Green. Refreshments will be served.



Brown Bag Lunch Roundtable with Arturo Brandt

Students interested in business, law, environment, politics, or any field related to the environment, are invited join Chilean environmental lawyer Arturo Brandt for a 12 p.m. networking and career advice luncheon in BCC 206. Mr. Brandt has offered to help with research ideas and advice on any project related to environment.



Capstone Think Tank

Learn from four international studies and international business seniors about the best way to prepare for the IL 4999 Senior Capstone. A recording of this conversation, hosted by the International Business/International Studies Club, is available upon request from the International Studies Program Office.



Peace Corps Prep Program Info Session and Send Off

Join us for an information session on Fairfield University's Peace Corps Prep Program from 1-2 p.m. in CNS 200.



Small-Scale Coffee Farming in the Atlantic Rainforest of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Join Fairfield alum Matthew Little ’22 at for a virtual presentation on opportunities for increased environmental sustainability in Brazil and beyond. The presentation will begin at 10 a.m., and the Zoom conferencing link is available on the International Studies’ Life@Fairfield page.



IL 3980 “Internship in International Studies” Info Session

Join associate director Anita Deeg-Carlin for a virtual information session explaining the variety of internships opportunities available to students in the field of international studies. The presentation will begin at 1 p.m., and the Zoom conferencing link is available on the International Studies’ Life@Fairfield page.



Climate Change and COVID-19 with Arturo Brandt

Join environmental lawyer and climate change expert Arturo Brandt as he discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on climate change during an informal virtual conversation and Q&A. The presentation will begin at 10:30 a.m., and the Zoom conferencing link is available on the International Studies’ Life@Fairfield page.



Online Career Networking Event

Learn about the extraordinary global career pathways of four NYC based Fairfield University alumni: Ashley Toombs ’07, Aamina Awan Khan ’07, Matthew Ryder ’07, and Marco Ambrosio ’07. The online event will begin at noon, and the Zoom conferencing link is available on the International Studies’ Life@Fairfield page.

Past Events

Wednesday, November 13, 6 p.m., Library – Room 101: Cheche Lavi, Searching for Life
A documentary screening about two Haitian immigrants who got stuck at the Tijuana, Mexico - US border following a mass migration from Brazil in 2016. The film is about the relationship between two Haitian men whose friendship and futures were altered by incomprehensible geopolitical forces. Refreshments will be served. FYE Inspire.

Thursday, October 17, 3 p.m., CNS 200: Bill Sugrue '74 on Global Careers
Bill Sugrue '74 was a Peace Corps volunteer in the 70s, wrote a book about his experience, and now looks back on a long career in USAID's environment sector, in addition to other foreign service experience. Join us for a mentoring, networking, and global career exploration round table.

Wednesday, October 16, 6:30 p.m., BCC 200: Global Opportunities
In collaboration with the Office of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, several alumni and students will share their global experiences as students from traditionally underrepresented groups in study abroad. Dinner will be served.

Thursday, October 3, 7 p.m., Kelley Center Presentation Room: Ciaran Madden, Consul General of Ireland on Brexit
Join us for this up-to-date presentation on the status of Brexit followed by an extensive opportunity for questions and answers.

Monday, September 30, 7 p.m., Dogwood Room: Jamil Ahmad, Deputy Director, United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP)
UNEP is the voice for the environment in the United Nations system by providing leadership and encouraging partnerships to care for the environment while enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

Wednesday, September 18, 3 – 4 p.m., CNS 200: Peace Corps Prep Program Info Session
Chat with current Peace Corps Volunteer Bridget Mulkerin ’17 from her site in Senegal and learn about all the opportunities available to students interested in international service careers or experiences.

Monday, September 16, 4 - 5 p.m., Old DSB Dining Room: International Studies and International Business Open House
 Meet our faculty and learn all you need to know about academics, internships, scholarships/fellowships, study abroad, careers, etc. in our diverse and dynamic field. Special guest, Nadra Al-Hamwy '18, will share her experience during and after Fairfield (Americorps and Quinnipiac Law School!)

Wednesday, May 15th, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Alums in the City
Students in the International Studies Program are welcome to join us on a visit to NYC to visit with alums Reinier Terwindt '09, Ashley Toombs '07, Julia Gardner, '05, and Jess Martin '06.  We will take the train from Fairfield, meet at Catholic Medical Mission Board's offices on 100 Wall St, and learn about career paths and networking opportunities.

Wednesday, May 1st, 7 p.m., McCormick First Floor Lounge:  Model UN Wrap Up Dinner
Join us to celebrate our outgoing seniors and all their accomplishments, to congratulate next year's club leaders, to plan next year's events, and to get to know new members.  An international dinner will be served, no charge.  All are welcome.  

Week of April 8th: Global Health Week!  
Join Sunny Hong '19 as she brings us around the world to consider global health issues.  Check out the flyers around campus for details about daily events.  We are highlighting Catholic Medical Mission Board, which will be here on Friday, 4/11, 12-1 p.m., LL BCC, to show a documentary about Dr. Tom Catena's unbelievable work serving in the Sudan. 

Thursday, April 4th, 2:00 p.m., CNS 200:  Careers in International Development
Alumnae and returned Peace Corps volunteers Ashley Toombs '07 (Peru) and Emma Cannon '14 (Guatemala) join us to talk about their experiences volunteering abroad and pursuing global careers related to their service after returning.  Also join us in celebrating our first generation of Peace Corps Prep Program certificate holders, to graduate this May.

Thursday, April 4th, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Office of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Lounge:  CIEE South America
Wish you could study abroad in South America?  We have a great opportunity for you to participate in CIEE's Open Campus Program in South America.  Choose two countries:  Argentina, Brazil or Chile.  Spend 12 weeks in one, 6 weeks in the other.  Do an internship, learn Spanish, experience South American culture, do a service learning project, take courses toward your major or core.  Accessible scholarships available for $6,000. 

Wednesday, April 3rd, 1:00 p.m., DSB 114: International Business Group Advising Session
All International Business rising sophomores, juniors and seniors, required to attend this group advising session.  Learn about academic, co-curricular, and career related opportunities in the program, and get ready to register for Fall 2019 classes.

Tuesday, April 2nd, 12.30 p.m., CNS 200: International Studies Internship Panel
Learn from students who’ve interned with Deutsche Bank, United Nations Youth Assembly, an immigration attorney, the International Refugee and Immigration Service (IRIS), and others. Join us for pizza and Q&A following their presentations.

Wednesday, March 27th, 12:00 pm, Brennan Room, Alumni House: Reinier Terwindt ’09
Reinier Terwindt ’09 is founder and CEO of Rein + Co, a non-profit that strives to improve the design of educational programs while leveraging opportunities to influence policy processes toward sustained, systemic impact. He currently works with STIR Education supporting 250,000 teachers in India and Uganda, and his experience includes working for the UN, World Camp, Jesuit Refugee Service, CARE International, among others in Malawi, South Africa, Botswana, Cameroon, and now New York. We’re so lucky to have the chance to bring him to campus!  Join us for lunch at 1:00 pm after the talk with an RSVP on OrgSync.  Space is limited!

Tuesday, February 26th, 7 p.m., LL BCC:  "Josh Shelov: Refuge"
Join JUHAN at their signature Spring 2019 event featuring this short film about a Syrian family who seeks shelter in Bridgeport through the US refugee resettlement program.  A discussion with Josh Shelov (producer) and Claudia Connor (head of Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, CIRI) will follow the screening. Refreshments served.

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