Global Initiatives Week

A week-long celebration of the Coulee Region’s global connections.

The week showcases the cultural, social and economic value of the community through a variety of activities such as dance, cuisine, art, film, speakers and more.  

Throughout the week the national, award-winning audio-documentary project, “Hear, Here,” started by a UW-La Crosse class, will offer self-guided tours that take people through the impact of three waves of migrants into La Crosse: German, Hmoob and Cuban.  

Some Global Initiatives Week events include   

  • Learn about the history of Ukrainian Easter Eggs and make your own from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 9, at Bridges United Methodist Church, 721 King St., La Crosse. 
  • Free film: “Living on a dollar” from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, 120 Student Union, UWL.
  • Explore Chinese culture and cuisine from 6-7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, at 196 Nursing Center, Viterbo University. 
  • Cultural Coffee Hour from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1300 Cameron Hall of Nations, UWL.
  • A free documentary Viewing and Discussion: Border Politics will be from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the La Crosse Public Library, 800 Main St., La Crosse.  
  • Listen to traditional Irish music at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Strasser’s, 1310 Denton Street, La Crosse.  
  • Free public talk: How Did We Get Here? The Hidden Impacts of Racial Disparities on the well-being of La Crosse and Wisconsin, 10 a.m.- noon, Saturday, Nov. 16, English Lutheran Church Auditorium, 1509 King St., La Crosse. More information:   
  • And so much more! 

For the full schedule of events visit  

GIW has been organized since Nov. 2013. The diverse activities encourage all to think globally as they highlight the region’s global connections through commerce, tourism, education, volunteerism, delegations and cultural diversity.