In addition to supporting outgoing study abroad programs and incoming international students and scholars, the Office of Global Engagement sponsors and promotes a variety of globally-focused programming on our campus and in the local community. It is a key goal of our office that all students, faculty, staff, and community members have an opportunity to be globally engaged, even without leaving Mount Pleasant!
Our office is always seeking partnership opportunities with campus and community organizations to promote global and international awareness. If you would like to explore joint programming with us, please contact Jennifer Evanuik, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office of Global Engagement Community Opportunities
- Each January, the Office of Global Engagement works with the Isabella County Clerk's Office to host an annual Passport Fair! Students, faculty, staff and community members have the opportunity to apply for a U.S. passport on-campus. 2021 date is TBD.
International Education Week
- International Education Week (IEW) is an annual opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of the U.S. government's efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. Held in November of each year, CMU offers a variety of programming and outreach in support of IEW. For the 2020 International Education Week schedule, please click here.
- CMU is home to students, faculty, and staff from many cultures, including international students from 55 countries. And, we host study abroad programs in nearly 50 countries. With this geographic and cultural diversity, you can hear many different languages on our campus! Here’s a glimpse of some of the languages spoken at CMU. (Video created during IEW 2020.)
- Global Ambassadors are highly diverse and motivated international students and scholars who are eager to share their culture with others. Ambassadors can be requested by community members both at CMU and beyond to present on various topics, facilitate multicultural discussions, or participate in cultural events and celebrations. The goals of the Global Ambassador Program are to foster global awareness, increase cross-cultural education, strengthen internationalization at CMU and beyond, enhance the international student and scholar experience at CMU, and support CMU's mission, vision and core values.
To request a CMU Global Ambassador to speak or attend your event, click on the button below to complete an application:
Submit a Request
Other Opportunities through Campus and Community Partners
International Cultural Expo
- The International Cultural Expo is an annual event hosted by the International Student Organization. Each year, the event includes cultural performances, country displays and international food tasting.
Office of Diversity Education Programming
International Relations Council
- The International Relations Council of the Mt. Pleasant Area is an organization of community volunteers dedicated to promoting cultural activities that enhance the greater Mt. Pleasant area as a positive environment for visitors and residents from other countries. The Council also supports exchanges with Mt. Pleasant's sister city of Okaya, Japan. CMU has representation on the Council and contributes to programming for the incoming sister city exchange students.
- Each year, the Clarke Historical Library hosts a six-hour cultural event where children's books from around the world are read in the language in which they were written. International students and scholars often get involved with this event!
- The Chippewa River District Library hosts events such as World Language Storytime at Veterans Memorial Library. Last year, this event featured stories, movement and rhymes in German, Romanian and Polish!
- The Central Michigan International Film Festival brings international films to Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. This event, sponsored by a variety of community partners, typically takes place in early February. In 2020, the film festival brought international film selections such as Parasite (2019), For Sama (2019), Rafiki (2018), The Farewell (2019) and Midnight Traveler (2019). Additionally, a number of international shorts from France, Israel, Palestine, Germany, India, Iran, Portugal, Argentina, China and Bangladesh were featured.
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences - Critical Engagements
The Critical Engagements series, hosted by CLASS, is a collaborative project that makes the academic mission of Central Michigan University concrete by highlighting how our college and university are tackling the world's most pressing and difficult questions.
Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center
- CMU's Volunteer Center offers volunteer opportunities on campus, in the local community, and across the country. The center coordinates a variety of programs which bring service experiences to students.
Institute for Transformative Dialogue
- The Institute for Transformative Dialogue is a cross-campus partnership to foster excellence in the ways our community engages across differences. The Institute supports curricula, programs, and trainings that nurture our abilities to learn and work effectively across social group dynamics, especially across groups with a history of conflict or unequal relations.