• Europe_Day

What is Europe Day?

  • Europe Day's yearly focus is peace and unity. As part of the global Europe Day celebration in May, the Houston Independent School District is inviting representatives from diverse European Consulates in Houston to visit six high schools across the district. The Consular officials will visit with juniors and seniors in Advanced Placement Social Studies classes to share insights about the European Union, discuss the European Union's engagement with the United States, and to highlight the possibilities of diplomacy as a career trajectory.

    Europe Day is an annual event that spans the European Union, the greater European continent, and the globe:

    Learn more about how Europe Day began, and review Europe Day posters from 1996-2014 on the European Union's official Europe Day website.
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    Follow Europe Day happenings on Twitter using #EUopenday or learn more about Europe through games.
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Contact Us

  • Jennifer Ertel
    Director, Innovation & Postsecondary Programming
    Telephone: 713-556-7444
    Fax: 713-556-6958
    Email: jertel@houstonisd.org


  • Resources from the European Union 
    The European External Action Service (EEAS) serves as the European Union's diplomatic service for engagement outside the European Union. Its role is "to make sure the voice of the European Union and its people are heard in the world." Headquartered in the Belgium capital of Brussels, the EEAS operates 139 Delegations world wide. The EEAS is a relatively new institution for the European Union, formally launching in 2011. Learn more about the creation of the EEAS by clicking here.  
    EEAS has created a website that highlights the diverse ways people around the world are celebrating Europe Day. Click here to learn about some of these celebrations, including events in Zambia, Lusaka, Ecuador, Swaziland, and Taipei.
    The European Union includes 28 member countries, with Croatia being the latest country to join as of July 1, 2013. Many, though not all, European Union countries are also part of the Eurozone, a collection of countries that use the Euro (€) as its official currency.  
    Student Preparation for Consular Visits (Archived)
    To prepare for Consular visits in May, the Advanced Academics Department recommends that students review the embedded resource links above and below. Additionally, students could research how modern consular relations have emerged as a result of United Nations international engagement. The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, which was "entered into force" in 1967, provides international guidelines for how consular relations should operate.  
    Students could prepare to engage with their Consular official by researching the official's home country prior to the visit and by generating a few possible questions to ask during the official's visit on campus. Here are a few note-taking templates that students could use prior to and during the visit.