Community Calendar

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Mariah Idrissi: Muslim Model and Social Justice Advocate @ University of Wisconsin- La Crosee, 1400 Centennial Hall
Oct 23 @ 4:00 pm

The UWL Anti-Islamophobia Working Group, in partnership with UWL Fashion Week, thanks you for sponsoring our upcoming events with Visiting Artist of Color, Mariah Idrissi. The event info and bio are below, and a flyer is attached.

Muslim, Model, and Motivation
Monday, Oct 23, 2017
1400 Centennial Hall

Modeling isn’t just for fame or for the company, at least it isn’t for Mariah Idrissi who takes her modeling as a way of role modeling for girls and women all over the world. In her life plans, modeling is just one role which she hopes to utilize to bring awareness and comfort to women looking for balance, a place in the world, and their power.

Reception with the Artist
Tues, October 24, 2017
4-5 P.M.
3100 Centennial Hall

Changing the Face of Fashion
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
1309 Centennial Hall

Mariah Idrissi connects two worlds- the world of fashion and Muslim women- by her experience as one of the first Muslim model in an H&M promo. Mariah explores the changing and evolving role of inclusion in fashion, and the importance of representation in all fields, especially fashion. She also explores the ways representation in fashion and elsewhere can lead to breaking down barriers of misconceptions and Islamophobia.

Artist’s bio:
Mariah Idrissi is the world’s first hijab wearing model to be signed to ‘Select’ models and feature in a global campaign for H&M late 2015. In addition to being a model, she is an international public speaker, promoting female empowerment and part of a growing movement bringing modest fashion to the masses regardless of faith or background. She has been interviewed by national and international news and radio stations, such as: CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera, just to name a few. She has also been featured in high fashion magazines worldwide such as Marie Claire, Teen Vogue and Grazia.

Growing up in London, England, Mariah studied at a local Islamic school for ten years and graduated with a B.A in English Literature. Idrissi is an advocate for various humanitarian causes, one of which endorses charity Human Care Syria in the ‘Women’s Hygiene and Sanitation Project’. Also, as part of an NHS social action campaign to drive young donors to register and give blood, Idrissi joined other leading Black and Asian public figures in an online promotional video campaign. The Telegraph’s Fashion News and Features Editor, Bibby Sowray credits Mariah Idrissi as “one of the first to make waves in the industry.”

Western Technical College Make Change Film Series & Community Conversations: The Latino List @ Western Technical College Integrated Technology Center -- Free Parking in the ITC Lot (Lot B)
Oct 24 @ 5:30 pm

Honoring Latinx Heritage Month — Enjoy a meal from Iguana’s Cafe, watch The Latino List, and engage in community driven conversation. We will be collecting spare change for our Community Change Fund. Donations are optional. This is a free event. All community members are welcome.

Doors open at 5:30 pm with a light dinner available. Film begins at 6:00 pm followed by community discussion.

The Make Change Film Series and Community Conversations is made possible by a generous grant from the Campus Compact Fund for Positive Engagement.

Watch for more Make Change films and community discussions at Western Technical College in the coming months.

GLADC Conference: Proactive Straegies for Inclusion in Today’s Workplace and Community @ Lunda Center, Western Technical College
Nov 2 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us to learn from a broad array of expert speakers who will share best practices for: addressing hate and bias incidents, learning to be positive and proactive mentors and allies, developing and supporting inclusive leadership, and creating an LGBTQA-Friendly workplace.

GLADC members receive a discounted registration fee.
Discounted registration fees are also available for students.

Global Initiatives Week
Nov 3 @ 8:00 am – Nov 10 @ 5:00 pm

Global Initiatives Week is an effort to become a community with a deep sense of global responsibility and engagement, a diverse group of businesses and organizations in the Greater La Crosse Region. It is a celebration of the cultural, social, and economic value of our community worldwide, but will also inform and educate local businesses and individuals about the vital global ties that exist within our community and the tremendous impact of these connections on the Greater La Crosse Region.

Global Initiatives Week is an annual week of public events.

All organizations and businesses in the Coulee Region are invited to hold one event of their own during Global Initiatives Week to increase awareness of global activities and issues and encourage people to get involved.

Visit their Facebook page for event details. –

Global Initiatives Week

Mention “Global Initiatives Week” for discounts at the following businesses:
Dim Sum (10%) El Rodeo Restaurant (10%) Global Grounds Coffee Shop (10%)
Gracie’s (10%) Grand Bluff Running (15%-Janji) Hackberry Bistro (10%)
Hmong Golden Eggrolls (15%) Iguana’s Mexican Street Café (15%)
International Bake Shoppe (10%) New Taste of India (15%)
That Foreign Place (10%)

Thank you to DigiCOPY, Gundersen Global Partners, La Crosse County Convention
& Visitors Bureau, La Crosse Community Foundation Global Awareness Fund,
Midwest Family Broadcasting, and Mayo Clinic Health System for
Generous support and promotion of Global Initiatives Week!

Global Initiatives Week Kick-Off Event @ Myrick Park Center
Nov 3 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Come celebrate the beginning of the 5th Annual Global Initiatives Week (November 3 – 10, 2017) with the Global Initiatives Week Kick-Off event. This family-friendly event features free global food samples provided by local restaurants, a multi-lingual children’s story time, a variety of cultural dance and music performances by groups in the Coulee Region, and an opportunity to network with local organizations involved in global and cultural work!

This event is FREE thanks to generous funding from the La Crosse Community Foundation, Global Awareness Fund and partner organizations.

For more details visit

Global Initiatives Week

Global Friendship Celebration @ La Crosse Public Library
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Discover the world! Experience world cultures through dance, crafts, games, language and traditional attire with students from UWL’s International Education & Engagement (IEE). Kids can pick up a “passport” and have it stamped at each station! This special family morning is free.

Fair Trade Fair @ People's Food Co-op
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

On Sunday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PFC—La Crosse will be celebrating Global Initiatives Week with a Fair Trade Fair. We will feature our fair trade items throughout the store. Fair trade vendors will be at the store with specials and information on the importance of fair trade. We will have food and beverage samples in the community room and live music. Look for specials on African baskets and other fair trade products. Gundersen Global Partners will also be in the store with their merchandise.

Youth in the Middle East – Film: The Square @ UWL Student Union Movie Theater
Nov 6 @ 11:00 am

Film: The Square  

A group of Egyptian revolutionaries battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience. (1hr 35 min)

Youth in the Middle East – Film: Persepolis @ UWL Student Union Movie Theater
Nov 7 @ 11:00 am

Film: Persepolis

A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution. (1hr 36min)

Cultural Coffee Hour – Business @ 1300 Cameron Hall of Nations - Centennial Hall
Nov 7 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for an evening of great conversation! It is a great way to meet new people, discuss international topics and learn about different cultures. Free coffee and cookies provided.