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International Education Week 2023
Professional Development Workshop for K-16 Educators
Indigenous – Local – Global Communities

Saturday, November 18, 2023 | 10am-3pm

FedEx Global Education Center, 301 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month in November, this year’s theme connects with indigenous communities across the globe and thinks about how different people around the world understand ideas of indigenous, local and global identities.

Expert speakers from UNC-Chapel Hill and beyond will unpack case studies from Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia that can be deployed to teach North Carolina standards for several different subjects at the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels, as well as provide teaching materials that can be used to adapt these topics to the classroom.

Participants will earn 0.5 CEUs for participation in the in-person workshop on November 18.

An additional 0.5 CEUs are available if participants complete extension activities by teaching what they have learned, reflecting on the experience, and providing feedback to the area studies centers.

To register for this event, please click here or direct your browser to

Please email Kevin Fogg ( with any questions.



  • 10:00-10:20am : Opening session (Nelson Mandela Auditorium)
  • 10:25-11:25am : Workshops, session 1
    • Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC and Duke University (Room 1005)

The Consortium will offer a workshop centered around the Maya people and will share resources for making a Maya codex with students. This workshop will have lesson materials for teachers to take home as well as book recommendations for ways to support this learning in the classroom. This workshop will be led by outreach coordinator, Skylar Zee.

    • Center for European Studies (Room 1009)

Kim Freeman, a second grade teacher from Southern Elementary in Greensboro, NC, will speak on public art in Europe and its applications in teaching. Her unit provides an introduction to the European Union using Modern Human Rights Art as the focal point. The lesson will compare and contrast to express freedom through art for human rights in the EU and the United States.

  • 11:25am-12:05pm : Lunch
  • 12:05-1:05pm : Workshops, session 2
    • Center for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (Room 1005)

Nara Narimova, an international development professional currently with the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative, will share about Crimean Tartars, the indigenous people of Crimea, Ukraine. This presentation will educate about the community, their cultural traditions, and how they have shown resilience in the face of challenges both in the past and today.

    • African Studies Center (Room 1009)

Alfredo Rojas, a graduate student in Anthropology at UNC Chapel Hill, will present on “Cashews and Households: Understanding Cash Crop Economies in the Ivory Coast.” Families and households play an important role in cultural identity as well as economic production. This workshop presents on how indigenous households in Ivory Coast produce raw cashew nuts for export overseas. Specifically, it presents on how households work together to farm subsistence crops for their families as well as cashews for income.

  • 1:10-2:10pm : Workshops, session 3
    • Carolina Asia Center (Room 1005)

Southeast Asia, a region home to 10% of the world’s population, has unique approaches to the question of indigeneity. This workshop will provide materials for teachers of both Social Studies and English Language Arts, to help them unpack how indigenous identities have been understood, misunderstood, and appropriated in countries including Burma, Vietnam, and Malaysia. The workshop will be led by Kevin W. Fogg, associate director of the Carolina Asia Center and lecturer in History at UNC.

    • Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies (Room 1009)

This workshop will focus on “Intersections of Identity: Indigenous Communities in a Global Context.” Alaa Hammouda, Assistant Director for Outreach at the center, will facilitate a conversation and workshop with Niharika Ghoshal, an international student at UNC with a background in the Indian community resident in Qatar, a small emirate in the Persian Gulf. By looking comparatively at how indigenous communities are understood and treated in Qatar and India, the workshop will promote inclusivity and cultural awareness.

  • 2:15-3:00pm : Closing session (Nelson Mandela Auditorium)

To process and unpack ideas from the day, a panel of diverse voices will discuss ideas of indigeneity from around the world. The panel includes:

      • Nara Narimova, Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Institute and a member of the Crimean Tartar diaspora
      • Niharika Ghosal, undergraduate student at UNC
      • Siera Nie, a member of the Rade diaspora community in North Carolina
      • Sonia Marquez, Principal of Doris Henderson Newcomers School, Guilford County Schools
      • Leandro Ortega, graduate student at UNC

The panel also brings expertise on intercultural competency, a key skill for teachers in our increasingly diverse state.