Resources for international understanding and education programs:
Colorado State University is the Fort Collins International Center's number one partner in fostering friendships and developing understanding among people from around the world. Various CSU departments support the Fort Collins International Center's mission and vision. They have welcomed students from other countries since 1898 and today enroll approximately 900 students from nearly 100 countries and welcome approximately 300 visiting scholars and researchers from other countries as well.
Colorado State University's Office of International Programs recognizes Fort Collins International Center as their official volunteer organization. Together they support international students, their families and the broader community with various programs. International activity at Colorado State University has a long and very distinguished history. International students and scholars are served by our Office of International Student & Scholar Services. They also offer Study Abroad opportunities (with nearly 10% of each graduating class participating), International Education programs, and international research, development and training activities. The office is constantly providing opportunities for the community to learn more about other peoples and cultures through community world affairs programming, the most notable being the annual International Fest, where international students put on displays, performances and cook foods from their home countries.
Many of the Fort Collins International Center programs, activities, and resources are found at one of the CSU Apartment Life areas: University Village, Aggie Village and International House/Lory Apartments. Composed of family and single student housing, CSU Apartment Life is creates a living-learning environment founded on the strength of our different interests and common goals. Their vision is to impact each member of the Apartment Life community, fostering interaction, understanding, and appreciation among people of all backgrounds. The residents and staff of Apartment Life are a global and multicultural community of individuals and families, and represent a wide variety of national origins. Approximately 60 percent of our residents come from more than 80 nations. Resident and staff views encompass a broad spectrum of political and religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and lifestyle choices.
Interested in taking a language class? The Foreign Language Department offers beginner to advanced language classes in French, German, and Spanish; beginner to intermediate classes in Japanese and Russian; and beginning classes in Chinese, Italian, Latin and Arabic. The programs in foreign languages emphasize oral and written proficiency and aim to develop knowledge of the culture and the literature, and to promote the critical and analytical skills requisite to an understanding of their relationships.
Do you have an international friend or host? The Intensive English Program's primary aim is to help the international student make rapid progress toward his/her academic, professional, and personal language goals. Five levels of intensive English language study, from beginning to advanced, are offered throughout the year. Twenty to twenty-five hours of instruction per week combine reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar. A Certificate of Attendance/Completion is awarded.
CSU Student Organizations provides a resource for community members to help international students to connect with other students and also to utilize when searching for specific information or service. Students are encouraged to connect with one of the over 300 CSU student organizations. Whether the student is exploring a new interest, continuing a life-long passion, or celebrating his or her culture through an international student organization, the Student Organizations office can assist him or her in connecting with an existing student organization or can help him or her start a new one.
The CSU Advocacy Offices provide numerous programs and services designed to support students in a variety of ways and provide opportunities to successfully participate in, and contribute to, the diverse campus environment. While each office listed may emphasize a specific segment of the student body, services and programs are available to benefit all students at CSU. Community members are encouraged to participate in their events and become role models for students.
The Poudre River Public Library District is home to the International Nights sponsored by the Fort Collins International Center. Poudre River Public Library District serves a population of approximately 136,000 in Fort Collins, Colorado. The library's collection consists of 357,621 item records and 222,000 bibliographic records. Of the 1.5 million items circulated in 2000, 25% of the checkouts were done by patrons using the Fort Collins Public Library's self-checkout machines.
The Northern Colorado Multicultural Corporation mission is to advocate for action that supports awareness, appreciation and inclusion of diversity in our communities. Key projects for 2006 include creation of a community diversity calendar, presentation of the 4th annual Arlene Nededog Merchant Awards, development of a diversity speakers bureau, assistance with training for local law-enforcement officials, support for key community activities including MLK and Cesar Chavez events and the Eracism Film Series, and involvement with the new Not In Our Town Alliance.
The Institute of International Education (IIE) is a national organization which houses a regional office in Denver, Colorado. The organization passionately believes that no nation can prosper economically, culturally or intellectually in isolation from the rest of the world. The Rocky Mountain Regional Center of IIE is committed to international education, understanding and friendship.
Association of International Educators (NAFSA) is an international organization committed to the enhancement of international education and exchange and global workforce development. There is a regional NAFSA for Colorado participants. The association has three major components: Creating and disseminating knowledge; influencing public policy; and maintaining a strong association. Hundreds of NAFSA members volunteer to serve the Association, and many Fort Collins International Center members are members or active within NAFSA.
The Colorado Translators Association is a regional group affiliated with the American Translators Association (ATA), the largest professional society of translators and foreign language specialists in the United States. Over 25 different language pairs are represented by CTA members. If you are seeking translators, professional profiles and contact information for all CTA members are available in our member directory, indexed alphabetically and by language pairs.
India Association of Northern Colorado (IANC) is an organization founded in 1999 in Fort Collins with the goal of promoting Asian Indian culture, social and spiritual activities in the community. Membership in this organization is open to people from all walks of life who are interested in Indian culture. This site lists events, forums, links to restaurants, shops and temples.
The Northern Colorado Intertribal Pow-wow Association (NCIPA), a non-profit organization, was created in the summer of 1992 to provide opportunities for the Northern Colorado communities to share and participate in Native American cultures. In addition, NCIPA provides information, social networks and educational support to Native Americans in Northern Colorado. Membership in NCIPA is open to any nationality, race or creed. In order to share the diverse Native American cultures with the community, they present an annual Pow-wow in the Fort Collins area. Each year they have attracted thousands of visitors each day, including hundreds of dancers and singers, many arts and crafts vendors, and spectators.
Address - P.O. Box 1938, Fort Collins, Colorado 80522
Fuerza Latina is an organization of immigrants for immigrants. We are dedicated to educating, informing, organizing, and promoting change to facilitate an improved quality of life for immigrants in our community.
The Filipino-American Association of Northern Colorado, Inc. was founded May 28, 2004 as a Colorado 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. FAANCI exists to promote awareness and appreciation of the Filipino culture, act as a resource for the community, and provide a comfortable setting for social interaction which in turn seeks to unify and strengthen the Filipino-American community in Northern Colorado.
It is the mission of Language Exchange of Northern Colorado to broaden awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity, to celebrate and explore our differences through the exchange of languages, arts and ideas. The Language Exchange of Northern Colorado serves all members of the Northern Colorado community in that anyone who is interested in world languages and cultures, arts and humanities is welcome to participate in our many classes, programs and events.
Great Decisions is the name of a briefing book and a program that are used to engage citizens in learning about the world. Each year, the Great Decisions editorial board selects eight of the most pressing global issues and regions that will be the focus of the briefing book, television programs and online resources. Developed by the Foreign Policy Association, the Great Decisions Discussion Program is the oldest and largest grass-roots world affairs education program of its kind in the country.
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a center for innovative programs to engage Americans in issues of global concern, from education and HIV/AIDS to peace, security and international law. Its educational and humanitarian campaigns, including teaching students in urban schools, clearing minefields and providing school-based support for children living in HIV/AIDS-affected communities in Africa, allow people to make a global impact at the local level. A not-for-profit organization, UNA-USA encourages United States leadership in the United Nations and is a part of the World Federation of United Nations Associations.
Global Classrooms is an innovative program that brings the Model UN experience to urban public schools across the US and a diverse array of schools around the world. The program is currently in the following American cities-Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, St. Paul, Tampa and Washington, DC-and these international cities-Accra, Beijing, Beirut, Berlin, Johannesburg, London, Madrid, Mexico City and New Delhi.
The mission of the Village Earth is to achieve sustainable community-based development by connecting communities with global resources through training, consulting, and networking with organizations worldwide. Through the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the training arm of the organization, Village Earth offers a wide array of courses centered on community based development. They are always looking for volunteers for administrative and event support.
The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then-Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. Since that time, more than 182,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have been invited by 138 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education, information technology, and environmental preservation.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) programs in the Poudre School District provide a strong academic focus and international perspective.
ASSE was established in 1976 as the American Scandinavian Student Exchange (ASSE) by the Swedish Government to organize student exchange programs between Sweden and the United States. Soon Denmark, Norway and Finland elected to participate. Since then the program has grown to include 31 countries on 6 continents and accommodates more than 30,000 high school age students and host families annually in its programs in the participating countries. Fort Collins hosts the summer English program for students arriving from Thailand and Japan.
Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) is an innovative high school exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The YES program seeks to present a positive response to tragic world events by bringing communities together through links of close personal ties. Young people, aged 16-18 from Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey will spend one academic year attending a U.S. high school and becoming part of an American family. The program's goal is to increase public diplomacy to address the unsympathetic view of the U.S. held in some countries around the world today.
YES is a program that was established in October, 2002 and sponsored by ECA to provide scholarships for secondary school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one academic year in the U.S. The program is vital to expanding communication between the people of the United States and partner countries in the interest of promoting mutual understanding and respect. Students live with host families, attend high school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures.
Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.
The International Four-H Youth Exchange Association of the USA, Inc. is an organization which fosters a continuing commitment of it members, and others interested in 4-H International Programs, to global awareness and inter-cultural understanding.
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