Highlight is Tita's Making a Difference International program on Wednesday.

    A celebration of International Education Week is taking place this week, Nov. 12-16, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Highlighting the week is a presentation by Fun wi Tita, director of Making a Difference International (MADI) on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. MADI specializes in poverty-alleviation activities including the provision of basic personal needs such as clothing and shoes, in tangent with the monetary support of child health, microfinance, agricultural and educational initiatives in Uganda. Tita’s presentation will include photographs during an engaging session about the vital work of the MADI organization.

    Tuesday, Nov. 13 is an opportunity to experience a day without shoes and everyone is encouraged to bring a pair of shoes for a donation. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the International Lounge, there will be a variety of surfaces available to walk on as a way of experiencing the terrain of other countries in the world.

    From noon to 1 p.m. in Brown Dining Room D, Sargeant Student Center, Senior Timothy Baker, a natural resources major from Copperas Cove, Texas, will share information about his three study abroad experiences in Thailand, New Zealand, and the Galapagos and the secrets to making these trips work. Bring your own lunch and join this discussion of learning abroad.

    From noon to 2 p.m., English as Second Language (ESL) students will host a poster session in the International Lounge. The public is invited to ask questions and visit with these students and vote on the best poster. Prizes will be awarded to the “judges” as well as to the students.

    Students who spent spring break 2012 in Spain will be sharing their digital storytelling project from 4-5 p.m. during a reception for them in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center and refreshments will be served.

    Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 2-6 p.m. is the International Market in Bede Ballroom. This year’s market will feature items from Nepal, local community artists, along with many items from around the world.

    From 7-8 p.m., Fun wi Tita will present his own childhood challenges and talk about the work of Making a Difference Internationally, Inc., in the Kiehle Auditorium. Admission to the presentation is a donated item of shoes or clothing or a canned good. Refreshments will be served. To learn more about Making a Difference, visit madinc.org.

    Thursday, Nov. 15 is the International Photo and Art Contest held in the Prairie Room. Winners will be featured in a calendar produced by the Office of International programs.

    A program and reception will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroomfor Abbey and Dae Yuel “Danny” Lee, who are 2012 recipients of the Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) award. The program begins at 3 p.m. with the reception following.

    From noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, Wemimo Samson Abbey, a senior from Lagos, Nigeria, majoring in business will share the story of Change Africa, an international cause dedicated to fighting poverty with education and sustainable free enterprise endeavors in developing Africa. The presentation will take place in Bede Ballroom A and B. To learn more about Change Africa, visit changeafrica.org.

    From 3 to 5 p.m. everyone is invited to a martial arts how-to session in Prairie Room. Learn some unique moves from a wide variety of martial arts styles.

    Concluding the week from 5 to 7 p.m. is the International Kids Carnival held in the International Lounge with games in Bede Ballroom sponsored by Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) and the Multicultural International Club (MIC). Families with children 10 and under are especially invited to attend.

    To find out more about what is happening during International Education Week, visit the Today page at umcrookston.edu/today.