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 Jillian in the Office of Global Education or 248.232.4730.

GLE Calendar

This calendar is updated regularly. Check back for new opportunities and let us know if there's an activity or event we missed!

  • Events listed below are FREE unless indicated by a $$$
  • 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 ***
  • Click on each event below for more information. For events without a web link, please contact the Office of Global Education for additional details (phone: 248.232.4730 or email Jillian Gross Fortgang)

2018 Activities and Events

If you have an event that you'd like to have added to the calendar please email information to Jillian Gross Fortgang at the Office of Global Education.

Monthly Events at OCC:

  • 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 contact Leticia Santos at santos.leticia@student.oaklandcc.edu 
    • Dates: January 31, Feb. 21, March 7, March 14, April 11 3pm at the Auburn Hills Campus in room F121.
  • 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 contact Ayse Uzan at uzan.ayse@student.oaklandcc.edu / 248.303.0406 
    • Dates: January 22, February 19, March 12, & April 16, 12:30pm - 2:00pm at Royal Oak, room A102.

 MARCH

3/1 - 3/10 $$$ Shen Yun - A "must see" performance of ancient culture
 3/5 ESL Conversation Group 9:00 -10:00 am; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
 3/6 ESL Conversation Group 4:00 -5:00 pm; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
3/7  RESCHEDULED Passport to South America , Auburn Hills, 3:00pm, Room F-121. Learn about the culture, customs, and language presented by OCC students from South America with a focus on Brazil!
3/7 Middle East Music - Skype interview/demo F121 at the Auburn Hills campus from 10:00 - 11:20am
3/7 Spanish Film Club Festival: Even the Rain; Auburn Hills, Room F123, 7:00pm. Free and open to the public.
 3/9  English Conversation Group; 12:00 - 2:00 pm; Auburn Hills Cafeteria/Student Center G Building
 3/9  $$$ Mosaic Singers
 3/10  $$$ Mosaic Singers
 3/12  ESL Conversation Group 9:00 -10:00 am; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
 3/12

ROOM CHANGEGlobal Coffee Hour; Royal Oak, 12:30pm-2:00pm, A102. Refreshments, friendly conversation, & informative discussions.

Today's theme: Around the World in 90 Minutes – Meet OCC’s International Students from Albania, Turkey, Brazil & more

3/12

To Be or Not to Be Happy: The Geography of Bliss, Schoolcraft College, Room MC 100, 11:00am - 12:00pm

3/13 Human Library, Highland Lakes Student Center, 5-8pm
 3/13 ESL Conversation Group 4:00 -5:00 pm; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
 3/13 Transgender Panel - Room G240, 6:00 – 8:50pm, Auburn Hills
3/13 ***Travel Basics: Europe at UofM, 3:00-4:30pm
 3/14 Passport to Europe, Auburn Hills, 3:00pm, Room F-121. Learn about the culture, customs, and language presented by OCC students from Europe!
3/14 Spanish Film Club Festival: Panama Canal Stories, Auburn Hills, Room F123, 7:00pm. Free and open to the public.
3/14 "Chips Provided" The global history of the potato chip including physical and mental health implications; Schoolcraft College, Room Forum 530, 1:00-2:00pm
3/18 ***"Pieces of Peace" registration due! Create a display using the theme “Peace” to promote diversity & inclusion at OCC. Registration required - forms available at the AH Counseling Dept. in B238. For questions contact Pam Micallef, pamicall@oaklandcc.edu

 3/19 ESL Conversation Group 9:00 -10:00 am; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
3/19 North Indian Music - In person lecture/demo; F121 at the Auburn Hills campus from 10-11:20am
3/19 Fighting Sleep Deprivation in a global context; Schoolcraft College, Room LA 200, 10:00 - 11:00am
3/19 ***Globally Engaged Career Panel at UofM; 12:00pm
3/20 ESL Conversation Group 4:00 -5:00 pm; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
3/21 Auburn Hills International Student Club Meeting, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, Room D-205
3/21 Spanish Film Club Festival: Red Gringo; Auburn Hills, Room F123, 7:00pm. Free and open to the public.
3/22 English Conversation Group; 7:00 - 9:00 pm; Auburn Hills Cafeteria/Student Center G Building
3/24 Learn & Grow, APIA Career Navigation panel discussion at UofM, 1:00pm, Ross School of Business – Blau Colloquium, 5th Floor
3/26 ESL Conversation Group 9:00 -10:00 am; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
3/27 ESL Conversation Group 4:00 -5:00 pm; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
3/27 Mindfulness Seminar, 6:30–8:50 pm at Auburn Hills in room F123
3/27 *** Travel Basics Asia at UofM, 5:30-7:00pm
3/28 Auburn Hills International Student Club Cultural Fair, G Building Student Center, 11am - 3pm. To host a country table, email Leticia Santos
3/28 Discussion vs. Debate - Presentation by OCC instructors Robyn Tennison and Carole Bennett, Room F123, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Auburn Hills
3/28 Spanish Film Club: Truman; Auburn Hills, Room F123, 7:00pm. Free and open to the public.
3/29 Friday Night Live - El Violin Latino at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Three performances at 1pm, 7pm, & 8:30pm in Rivera Court. Free to Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne county residents. 
3/29 $$$ Great African Women Tour at the DIA. 6 - 8pm. Advanced tickets required - RSVP

 

APRIL

4/2 ESL Conversation Group 9:00 -10:00 am; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
4/2 Chinese Music live performance and artist interview, Room F121 at Auburn Hills, 10:00-11:20am
4/3 ***Judging for the Pieces of Peace exhibit begins at AH. To view installations across the campus, pick up a map at the Information Desk in Auburn Hills B-building outside of counseling. 
4/3 HIV Workshop, Auburn Hills, room F123, 6:00 - 7:00pm, Appropriate for audience members over the age of 14
4/3 The Plight for Freedom: Freedom House Detroit at Orchard Ridge, 11:30am - 1:00pm, J-293
4/3 ESL Conversation Group 4:00 -5:00 pm; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
4/3 *** Travel Basics Africa at UofM; 4:30-6:00pm
4/3 WSU Global Hangout Panel Discussion - Bosporous: Effusions and Diffusions, 2:30-4:00pm in Manoogian Room 408
4/4 First Responders and Understanding Mental Health Concerns, 10:00 - 11:00am, 1751 Radcliff Street, Garden City, MI
4/4 AH International Student Club meeting, D205, 2:30-3:30pm
4/4 $$$International Smorgasbord Buffet, April 4, 2018, 11:15am - 1:00pm, Orchard Ridge Campus - 3rd floor of J Building, hosted by the OCC culinary department
4/4 Spanish Film Club Festival: Who is Dayani Crystal?; Auburn Hills, F-123, 7:00pm. Free and open to the public.
4/4

RAINN Day hosted by the Hispanic/Latinx Student Organization, 12:00-4:00pm, J291 on the Orchard Ridge campus, RSVP required

The grassroots program — created by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) — is designed to encourage college students to educate their peers about sexual violence, bystander intervention and recovery resources. RSVP today!

4/4 Highland Lakes Diversity & Inclusion Fair, featuring a DIA Drop-In Workshop, screening and film discussion about "Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts," Nursing and Dental Hygiene around the World exhibits, and Empty Bowls - a benefit for the Open Door Pantry, among other great opportunities. Highland Lakes Campus, Student Center Arena, 12 - 3pm.
4/5 English Conversation Group; 7:00 - 9:00pm; Auburn Hills Cafeteria G-Building
4/6 DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts) Guided visit with the RO Global Student Club, 10:45am at the DIA 5200 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. RSVP by April 3 by RSVP  
4/6 $$$ The Heiresses (Las Herederas) - Spanish Language film at the Detroit Film Theatre, 7pm
4/7 Bollywood Classics: Pyaasa at the Detroit Film Theatre, 2pm. Free with DIA museum admission (free to Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne County residents)
4/7 $$$ The Heiresses (Las Herederas) - Spanish Language film at the Detroit Film Theatre, 5pm
4/8 "Out of Breath" documentary screening and guest lecture by Dr. Kwonjune Justin Seung about treating drug-resistant TB in North Korea. 5:30pm at the Wayne State University Bernath Auditorium in the Undergraduate Library. For more information email Dr. Laura Kline.
 4/9  ESL Conversation Group 9:00 -10:00 am; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
4/10 Soul Food Junkies: Documentary film screening and discussion, Sponsored by the Southfield Campus Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Light refreshments will be served. 12:00 -1:30pm, Room A129 Student Center
 4/10 ESL Conversation Group 4:00 -5:00 pm; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
 4/10 Autism Spectrum Disorder and Neurodiversity, Auburn Hills room F123, 6:00-8:50pm
 4/11 Passport to... Asia, Auburn Hill, F-121, 3:00-4:00pm
4/11

***CPP Celebration at Auburn Hills, F Building Atrium, 4:00-5:00pm. If you participated in the inaugural semester of the Conversation Partner Program, join us to swap stories, share snacks, and celebrate our global connections. For more information email Sarah Lemelin.

 4/14 Auburn Hills International Student Club Celebration, 1pm at Hub Stadium ( 2550 Innovation Dr, Auburn Hills, MI 48326). Join the Club for prizes, food, fun, and more! ALL students are welcome - contact Leticia Santosfor more information.
 4/16

Global Coffee Hour; Royal Oak, 12:30pm-2:00pm, A102

Join us for a Global Potluck and International Game day. You'll be able to taste new foods, learn about new cultures, and build new friendships.  We encourage everyone to bring a dish to share that represents your home culture, geography, or background. We'll share each other's specially  prepared dishes while enjoying each other's company and playing games. Interested in bringing a dish to share? Contact Ayse Uzan to RSVP!

*Please be sure to bring a list of the ingredients to share with people who may have allergies or dietary considerations.

 4/16  ESL Conversation Group 9:00 -10:00 am; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
 4/16 Fiction to Film: Hotel Rwanda, 6:00pm at the Detroit Public Library - 5201 Woodward Avenue. Free and open to all.
4/17 ESL Conversation Group 4:00 -5:00 pm; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
4/17 Global Studies Hangout - Poetry Jam at Wayne State University, Manoogian room 443, 3:30 - 4:30pm
4/18 $$$French Countryside Dinner, April 18, 2018, 6:00p.m, Orchard Ridge Campus - 3rd floor of J Building, hosted by the OCC culinary department
4/19 A Foundation for Mindfulness: Meditation and the Art of Living, presented by GLE Student Julian Wilson at the Highland Lakes Student Center room 109 on April 19 from 9:30am - 10:30am. For more information, contact Julian.
4/21 $$$ Indian Music Concert: Dr. Jayanthi Kumaresh at MSU 4:30pm
4/23 Current Mental Health Issues in Indonesia, Schoolcraft College, Liberal Arts room 200, 11:00am-12:00pm, 
4/28 $$$ Stratford Festival Presents: Timon of Athens at the Detroit Film Theatre, 2pm

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.