DestiNAITion Global

Join us for a week of global learning at NAIT from October 23 - 27, 2023.

In January 2023, NAIT launched our new Global Engagement Strategy, where we commit to creating a truly global environment at NAIT: creating an inclusive and welcoming campus, fostering intercultural competence among everyone at NAIT and nurturing partnerships with like-minded institutions around the world. 

At DestiNAITion Global, we will come together for workshops, panel discussions and events to: 

  • Celebrate our cultural diversity  
  • Build our intercultural competence  
  • Discover NAIT’s international contributions  
  • Nurture our global community  

Take a look at this year’s schedule below. 

Ready to learn? Watch our We Create NAIT! video series below and join NAIT students and staff as we explore culture, identity, challenges, competence & more.

Monday, October 23

Supporting Students Whose Home Language is not English

Monday, October 23 | 10 - 11 a.m. | CAT212 & Virtual

Presented by: Annemarieke Hoekstra - Curriculum and Instruction Specialist

This session is for staff and instructors who are interested in enhancing their strategies to teach, support, and/or communicate with learners whose home language is not English. English as Additional Language (EAL) learners are learning how to be a student, the curriculum content, and learning English all at the same time.  The focus will be on how to effectively interact with EAL learners in a variety of educational settings.

This session is for NAIT staff, but students are welcome.


Category: Build intercultural competence

Myths and Realities of the International Student Experience

Monday, October 23 I  2 - 3 p.m. | Virtual

Presented by: Mikki Koehler - International Program Coordinator & Carla Lawson - Supervisor, International Academic Advising

Our international student population comes from over 80 different countries and brings with them unique experiences and perspectives that enrich our campus community and classroom environment. In this session, we will take a look at this unique experience, dispel some myths and share how we can all support international student success.

This session is for NAIT staff only.


Category: Build intercultural competence

Tuesday, October 24

Heritage Fest 

Tuesday, October 24 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | CAT Crossing

Celebrate NAIT’s cultural diversity at Heritage Fest, put on in collaboration by NAITSA and the NAIT International and Intercultural Community Centre.

Immerse yourself in a global experience by visiting booths curated and hosted by NAIT students and staff showcasing their cultures. Visit our main stage between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm for a variety of students and staff cultural performances. Join us in embracing diversity and celebrating the beautiful mosaic of cultures that make our campus' unique!

This event is for NAIT staff and students.


Category: Celebrate our cultural diversity

Community Drumming Workshop

Tuesday, October 24 | 3 - 4 p.m. | Glassbox

Presented by: Marcus Fung

Cultures around the world have their own unique and deeply rooted expressions of song, music, dance and rhythm.

Join us for a modern-day expression of gathering in friendship using the therapeutic rhythm and in-the-moment music-making circle. In this workshop, you'll be introduced to the drum and various percussion instruments while being guided into an engaging and rewarding community music-making experience.  All instruments will be provided.

This event is for NAIT staff and students.


Category: Celebrate our cultural diversity

Wednesday, October 25

NAIT in the World: Tales from Going Abroad

Wednesday, October 25 | 12 - 1 p.m. | W101, International and Intercultural Community Centre & Virtual

Presented by: Mila Sokolyanskaya - Global Engagement Coordinator, with a panel of NAIT students

Hear from our exciting panel of NAIT students as they share stories of their unique and exciting overseas experiences in Peru, Portugal and Denmark this year. Share in their learning and explore the possibilities of going abroad yourself or setting up an abroad experience for your class!

This session is for NAIT staff and students.


Category: Discover NAIT's global contributions

Personal Cultural Perspectives on Learning and Education

Wednesday, October 25 | 2 - 3 p.m. | W101, International and Intercultural Community Centre

Presented by: Kyle Kirzinger & Mandie Zhang - Learning Strategists

Join us in a round table discussion to share your experiences around education and the perception of learning from diverse cultural backgrounds. Explore the differences between education and learning, both formal and informal, and their impact on an individual’s perceived value of higher education. Expand your understanding of cultural norms around education and how they shape the current educational landscape.

This session is for NAIT staff and students.


Category: Build intercultural competence

Thursday, October 26

International and Intercultural Community Centre Staff Open House

Thursday, October 26 I  8:30 - 10:00 a.m. | W101, International and Intercultural Community Centre 

Hosted by: Heather Nally - Manager, International Student Experience

Join us for a staff Open House event at the International & Intercultural Community Centre (IICC). You will get to meet the International Student Experience staff team, learn about how we support international students at NAIT and find out about how we do so in collaborations across different departments at NAIT!

This event is for NAIT staff only and drop-in from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Light refreshments will be provided.


Category: Nurture our global community

Global Café - Bannock: Unveiling its Origin

Thursday, October 26 I  12 - 1 p.m. | W101, International and Intercultural Community Centre

Presented by: Derek Thunder - Manager, Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre

Ever wondered about the profound history of Bannock? Prepare to delve into the rich history of Bannock, a beloved bread with ancient origins deeply rooted in indigenous traditions. Let us take you on a cultural journey, shedding light on the significance of Bannock in the lives of indigenous communities.

Global Café is a series of cross-cultural learning through culture, customs, and traditions organized by the International and Intercultural Community Centre. 

This event is for NAIT staff and students.


Category: Celebrate our cultural diversity

Linguistic Racism and Discrimination: What is it and Why does it Matter?

Thursday, October 26 | 1:30 - 2:30 p.m | Nexen Theatre & Virtual

Presented by: Natasha Pinterics - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

This session will introduce and explain concepts of linguistic racism, stereotyping and discrimination, and examine how this can impact International Students (and staff not born in Canada).

You will explore ways to cultivate learning and working environments that encourage cross-cultural and support multi-lingual communication and modes of expression.

This session has been cancelled. For those who have registered, we will be in touch if there are plans to reschedule.

Friday, October 27

Building Intercultural Competence: We Create NAIT!

Friday, October 27 | 10 - 11 a.m. | Nexen Theatre & Virtual

View our panelists


  • Heather Nally
    • Manager, International Student Experience


  • Derek Thunder
    • Manager, Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre
  • Joseph Varughese 
    • Chair, Bachelor of Technology 
  • Ola Odanye
    • EDI Specialist, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Leslie Weigl 
    • Intercultural Specialist, Global Education & Partnerships 
  • Sandy Babiuk
    • Recreation Coordinator, Athletics and Recreation Administration
  • Laurel Tokuda
    • Department Head, Electrical Installations 

Come to this panel discussion where we get into the nuts and bolts of building intercultural competence. Each morning of DestiNAITion Global, we will release a new "We Create NAIT!" video. The videos feature tidbits of intercultural learning. After you watch the video each day, follow the link to submit your questions and enter to win a prize! 

Then, join us live at 10am Friday morning for our "We Create NAIT" panel discussion to keep the learning going.

This session is for NAIT staff and students.


Category: Build intercultural competence

Take a Class that Includes a Clean Energy Project in Peru

Friday, October 27 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Nexen Theatre & Virtual

Presented by: Doug McFarlane - Instructor, Alternative Energy Technology

NAIT now offers a class for students to learn international and intercultural skills, preparing them for success in an increasingly globalized world: Global Energy Issues and Intercultural Competency. The class includes classroom/online learning during the regular winter semester (January to April) and ends with a clean energy installation project in a remote community in Peru in early May.

Any full-time student at NAIT can apply to take the class.  Come to this session to learn more!

This session is for NAIT staff and students.


Category: Discover NAIT's global contributions

We Create NAIT! Video Series

Join NAIT students and staff as we explore culture and identity, challenges and competence, and how we all fulfill NAIT's vision.

After you watch each day, send your questions to us here and enter to win a prize! Then, join the live panel discussion on October 27 to keep the conversation going!

What is culture?

What makes up your cultural identity?

Have you heard of intercultural competence?

How do you get really good at relating with people from different cultures?


Want to learn more about NAIT's commitment to intercultural and internationalization? We've compiled some recommended resources and reading here:

NAIT student project brings WiFi to remote Peruvian community

Designed in Edmonton, system draws on global satellite internet network

NAIT Class of ’23: How Carlos Rojas traded life in Chile for a new start in Canada

Former mechanical engineer excited for a career in welding

Why a West-African nation chose NAIT to boost its burgeoning oil-and-gas sector

Nine post-secondary instructors from Ghana spent nine months at the polytechnic

What it took for a NAIT Baking grad to earn a spot at WorldSkills 2024

SkillsCanada champ Judy Lan prepares for competition in Lyon, France

Taking flight: Is Fly and Fetch the next major shared-economy disruptor?

NAIT grads reimagine international shipping, one suitcase at a time

NAIT students help bring solar power to school in remote Peruvian village

Alternative Energy Technology partnership with Light up the World changes lives in North and South America

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