International Education Week is November 15 – 19, 2021 and it is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education celebrating the benefits of international education, both inbound and study abroad, and exchanges worldwide.

In 2021, Global Ties KC has had two IVLP projects highlighting international education titled: Strengthening Higher Education Collaboration and 100,000 Strong in the Americas. International delegates met with Kansas City organizations focused on recruitment of international athletes to universities and community colleges and how they serve as public institutions supporting ESL and career or entry access to U.S. university education.

In addition, our work with the Youth Diplomats Institute provides global education outside of the classroom to Kansas and Missouri high school students.

We encourage you to be international education advocates by reaching out to your Senators and Representatives this week to share with them our work and encourage them to pass the FY22 budget at the House level (for Senators) or thank them for their support (for Representatives), and to support our Afghan friends and colleagues.


Last week’s panel, 100,000 Strong in the Americas (pictured below), featured community college representatives from Michigan, Florida and Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City discussing how community colleges function as public institutions and how it serves continuing education needs of local and international students. Thank you to Ms. Bobbie Gusin from MCCKC for being a guest speaker and to Mr. Adam Shoemaker, associate director from the Applied Language Institute of UMKC for moderating.