GLE Activities and Events

To earn the GLE you must attend at least four globally focused activities or events, including a minimum of at least one per semester that you are pursuing the GLE. After each activity or event, you should submit a reflection on the D2L-GLE site. This will help you build a portfolio for your capstone project. 

Activities and events should help you engage with people, artifacts, ideas from a culture different than your own. For example, if you attend a cultural festival you should do more than taste the food, you should interact in ways that help you develop cross-cultural relationships. If you attend a lecture on a global topic, you should be challenged to think about yourself, others, and the world in new ways. If you're wondering if an activity can "count" for the GLE, just ask! We're here to discover new opportunities with you! 

Below is a list of activities and events that have already been approved for the GLE. If you would like to see an activity added to the list or would like to attend an activity not on this list, please contact your coach or the Office of Global Education at 248.232.4730.

2019-20 Activities and Events Calendar

This calendar is updated regularly during the Fall and Winter semesters. The list below is in NO WAY exhaustive - if there's an event you'd like to attend for part of the GLE, check with your coach for approval, and then share the event with the Office of Global Education so we can add it to the Calendar!

  • Events listed below are FREE unless indicated
  • A few events are included that DO NOT satisfy the Activities & Events requirement of the GLE but are important for you to know about. These events are indicated by a ***
  • Select the event below for more information. For events without a web link, please contact the Office of Global Education for additional details at 248.232.4730.

Monthly Events at OCC led by Student Organizations:

  • Passport to... Come learn about countries around the world that your classmates call home. Each month we'll feature a new country and students will provide a presentation about their home culture, language, and customs. There will be time for Q&A. Join us for a fun and informative event co-sponsored by the Auburn Hills International Student Club! For more information email Leticia Santos
    • TENTATIVE Dates (subject to change): September 19, October 03, October 17, October 21, November 21 
    • Time: 3-4pm on the AH Campus
  • Global Coffee Hour - Each month we'll gather for conversation over light refreshments. This is a chance to meet students from around the world, learn about important community events and resources, and make global connections! Co-Sponsored by the Royal Oak Global Student Club. For more information email Valbona Metaj
    • Dates for Fall 2019: September 17, October 15, November 19, and December 10 
    • Time: All Global Coffee Hours are from 12:30 - 2:00pm at the Royal Oak Campus in room A102


8/26-9/18 ***OCC Conversation Partners Program Application OPEN. Apply today!
8/31-9/2 Detroit Jazz Festival - various dates and locations (be sure to check out the global acts!)
9/3 Amnesty International Longer Table Initiative
9/5 ***Orchard Ridge, 12 pm – 2 pm, J - Student Center Lower Level 
9/5 AH International Student Club - First Meeting, 3-4pm, Student Life Office, G Building, Auburn Hills
9/8 Second Sunday Concert with Sumkali
9/9 ***Highland Lakes,  12 pm – 2 pm, Woodland Hall, 100 Level Lobby
9/10 ***Southfield, 12 pm – 2 pm, Outside of Student LIFE Center 
9/11 ***Royal Oak, 12 pm – 2 pm, Alcove (Across from Counseling) 
9/11 Strength of Refugees and their Community: Gallery and Reception
9/12 ***Auburn Hills, 12 pm – 2 pm, G Student Center, First Floor
9/14 Brazilian Day Street Festival
9/15 Mexican Independence Day at Clark Park
9/15 $$$ Global Soup - A $5 dinner funding micro-grants for projects supporting the immigrant community. Hosted by Global Detroit.
9/15 $$$ Together for Yemen
9/17 Global Coffee Hour, Royal Oak Campus, room A102, 12:30 - 2:00pm, Theme: Global Student Club Kickoff Meeting - all are welcome and refreshments will be served!
9/18 Application Deadline OCC's Fall Conversation Partners Program (CPP) - learn more at the CPP website and Apply Today!
9/18  ***Oakland University Study Abroad Fair, 11am-1pm at the Oakland Center in The Habitat Amphitheatre
9/18 Wayne State University Global Festival and Study Abroad Fair (this activity will count toward the GLE if you participate in the Global Festival and write a reflection about your experience), 10:30am - 2:30pm on Gullen Mall near the Undergraduate Library
9/19 Passport to...North America, presented by the AH International Student Club. 3-4pm, Room TBD, contact Leticia for more information!
9/21 $$$ Detroit China Festival
9/21 Native American Heritage Day
9/22 $$$ Taste of International Cuisine
9/28 $$$ Youth for Global Health Awards



10/1 Macomb 4 Inclusion - Business Panel Luncheon
10/2 Opera at OCC, 12-1pm, Auburn Hills G-240, Join the Michigan Opera Theatre for a musical journey through global and domestic favorites! Contact Suba Subbarrao for more information!
10/3 Passport to...Asia, presented by the AH International Student Club. 3-4pm, Room TBD, contact Leticia for more information!
10/3-10/6 Manhattan SHORT international film festival at the Detroit Public Library
10/6 CAPA Leadership Summit
10/6 African Children’s Choir
 10/15 Global Coffee Hour, Royal Oak, 12:30 - 2:00pm, Theme: Around the World in 90 Minutes – Meet OCC’s International Students, all are welcome and refreshments will be served!
10/17 Passport to...Europe, presented by the AH International Student Club. 3-4pm, Room TBD, contact Leticia for more information!
10/20 United Nations Day in Detroit - Let's Talk Climate Change
10/21 Passport to...Africa, presented by the AH International Student Club. 3-4pm, Room TBD, contact Leticia for more information!
10/26 Michigan Underground Railroad Heritage Gathering

Looking for something else?

Check out these organizations for possible activities, events, and ways to get more involved with intercultural and global activities locally. Don't forget to check out your local public libraries for book clubs and community events too! If you're going to a museum or a self-guided experience, please contact your coach or the Office of Global Education for a reflection guide that will help you make the most of your experience.