International Education Week

February 12-16,2024

Welcome to the 25th Annual International Education Week at Cal Poly Humboldt! This internationally recognized FREE event is part of a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education and is open to the campus and community alike. We offer a variety events that highlight the importance of international education and connecting the global with the local:

  • Keynote speaker, Denise Stanley

  • Featured lectures and presentations

  • Panel discussions on current events and global topics

  • Workshops on studying, working and living abroad

  • Global performing arts, film, cuisine and more! 


International Education is the Future: Transforming the World through Cross-Cultural Discovery

This year’s theme reflects Humboldt’s commitment to more international education. Our events and speakers contribute to the importance of intercultural learning and tolerance.


Keynote Speaker for IEW 2024

Denise Stanley

 Denise Stanley, Professor of Economics, CSU Fullerton
Denise holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She specializes in economic development in Latin America and has undertaken internship, missionary, and consulting assignments in the Dominican Republic and Central America for a variety of foundations and non-governmental organizations.

Keynote Address: “A Regional Approach to Transformative International Education and Experiences:
Lessons Learned from Latin America”

Regional studies programs have declined the university curriculum across the years but remain
an important interdisciplinary approach for students in international exchanges. My own pathway
across Central America was guided by important coursework choices in the languages and social
sciences and association memberships. Technical training opened the door to initial experiences which
then opened new doors to the acquisition of broader critical thinking tools around globalization and
future voluntary and academic opportunities. In my own research I have pivoted from a focus on
natural resource-based exports to concerns of migration and education in globalization. Given
California’s role in the global economy state universities should prepare students for such
interdisciplinary paths. The talk will highlight key lessons learned around preparation, context, trust and
flexibility through a retrospective view of my 40 years of career interchanges with Latin America.


Get credit for attending IEW!

IEW attendees can earn one unit of credit through Anthropology, Communications, Economics, Geography, History, International Studies and Political Science.

IEW is sponsored by the International Studies Department, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) , the College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences (CAHSS), the College of Professional Studies (COPS), the College of Extended Education and Global Engagement, the International Advisory Committee, and the Library.

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) at Cal Poly Humboldt

For more information about how you can participate in IEW, contact Beth Wilson ( and Nicola Matthews (