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 ***
    • The Office of Global Education will be hosting weekly "office hours" in person or virtually on Thursdays (usually). Stop in to ask questions, learn about available opportunities, and connect with other GLE students.
  • 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!
    • Dates: January 31, 3pm at the Auburn Hills Campus, future dates include Feb. 21, March 14, April 11.
  • 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!
    • Dates: January 22 12:30pm - 2:00pm at Royal Oak, room A102, future dates/times to be announced.



1/6 Swedish Duo Lingo Fika
1/8 Fiction to Film: Malcolm X
1/10 *** Global Education Office Hours (virtual) 12 pm - 2 pm, Zoom Meeting Link
1/14 Holocaust Memorial Center
1/16 Ancient Egyptian Art lecture at Wayne State University, Manoogian Room 179, 4pm
1/16 ***Global Education Office Hours, 3pm - 5pm, Auburn Hills Cafeteria, near student life, or Zoom Meeting link
1/19 English Conversation Group; 12:00 - 2:00 pm; Auburn Hills Cafeteria
1/22 ESL Conversation Group 9:00 -10:00 am; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
1/22 NEW Global "Coffee" Hour, 12:30pm - 2:00pm, Royal Oak A102
Refreshments, friendly conversations, and informative discussions
1/23 ESL Conversation Group 4:00 -5:00 pm; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
1/24 *** Global Education Office Hours (virtual) 11:30 am - 1:30pm, Zoom Meeting Link or call +1 646 558 8656, Meeting ID 103 354 569
1/25 International Crafts workshop 2-4pm, Southfield Public Library
1/26 $$$ Flavors of India Food Festival
1/27 International Snacks & Movie 1-4pm, Southfield Public Library
1/29 ESL Conversation Group 9:00 -10:00 am; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
1/30 Global Art of Head Wrapping, Southfield Public Library
1/30 ESL Conversation Group 4:00 -5:00 pm; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
1/31 NEW Passport to South America - Brazil, Auburn Hills, 3:00pm, Room F-121
1/31 *** Global Education Office Hours; Royal Oak Atrium, B-Building, 11:30 am -1:30 pm, or Zoom Meeting Link or call  +1 646 558 8656, Meeting ID 663 294 314


2/1 English Conversation Group; 7:00 - 9:00 pm; Auburn Hills Cafeteria
2/1 Wayne State University (Global) Winter Ball
2/3 Swedish Duo Lingo Fika
2/5 ESL Conversation Group 9:00 -10:00 am; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
2/5 African American Read-In, Highland Lakes Library, 10:30am - 3:00pm
2/6 ESL Conversation Group 4:00 -5:00 pm; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
2/6 African American Read-In, Orchard Ridge Library, 11:00am - 1:00pm
2/12 ESL Conversation Group 9:00 -10:00 am; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
2/13 ESL Conversation Group 4:00 -5:00 pm; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
2/13 African American Read-In, Southfield Campus, 11:00am - 1:00pm, A129
2/16 English Conversation Group; 12:00 - 2:000 pm; Auburn Hills Cafeteria
2/18 ***CPP Orientation - 3:00pm - 3:30pm, Room B203, Auburn Hills

African American Read-In, Auburn Hills Campus, 11:00am - 1:00pm, D-206


***CPP Orientation1:00pm - 1:30pm, Room A101, Royal Oak in conjunction with the Global Coffee Hour

2/19 ESL Conversation Group 9:00 -10:00 am; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
2/19 Global Coffee Hour; Royal Oak, 12:30pm-2:00pm, A101
Refreshments, friendly conversation, & informative discussions
2/19 African American Read-In, Royal Oak Campus, 10:30am - 12:00pm, Alcove
2/19 Hispanic/Latinx Student Organization Meeting, 5:00-6:00pm, G221 at Orchard Ridge
2/20 ***CPP Orientation, 11:00am-11:30am, G102, Orchard Ridge
2/20 ESL Conversation Group 4:00 -5:00 pm; Orchard Ridge K-100 (ASC)
2/21 $$$ Ladysmith Black Mambazo at 8pm in Ann Arbor
2/21 Passport to North America - Mexico, Auburn Hills, 3:00pm, Room F-121.
Learn about the culture, customs, and language presented by OCC students North America with a focus on Mexico!
2/23 African American Read in Southfield Public Library
2/27 $$$Yo Yo Ma Performance in Ann Arbor

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.