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PROGRAM OFFERINGS FOR 2014-15

EARN A GLOBAL CERTIFICATE

Consistent with UI strategic goals on diversity and internationalization, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and UI Learning & Development (UILD) are offering sessions on skills and insights useful to faculty and staff as they seek to educate and serve our international community. Those participants who complete the required introduction session plus their choice of four specialized sessions will be awarded a global certificate and be recognized on the ISSS website for completing the program.

Participants who plan to earn a global certificate must register for and attend the introduction session and at least four specialized sessions of their choice. Participants do not need to take the introduction session before attending any of the specialized sessions.

There are no fees for any of the sessions offered via this series. Dates and locations are listed below. Participants must register for all sessions in advance.  Confirmations will be sent via email for registrations received at least 6 days prior to each session.  Registration for each session is available in UI Employee Self-Service http://hris.uiowa.edu

 

FALL 2014 SESSIONS



Introduction to Building Our Global Community

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am | 1117 UCC
Session Facilitators: Brandon Paulson, International Student and Scholar Advisor, and Lee Seedorff, Senior Associate Director of International Student and Scholar Services, International Programs

Description:
This introduction session will introduce the Building Our Global Community program and share an overview of the international student and scholar population at The University of Iowa.  Participants will have opportunity to learn about the cultural adjustment experienced by international students and strategies to assist with the transition. Participants will take part in an interactive activity demonstrating the challenges of being a non-native English speaker. The session will conclude with an international student panel sharing their experiences transitioning to the U.S. and studying at The University of Iowa.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the purpose of the Building Our Global Community program and how the program can assist with working effectively with international students and scholars.
  • Articulate an overview of the international population at The University of Iowa.
  • Understand cultural adjustment and apply strategies to assist with the transition.
  • Discuss first-hand the challenges of being a non-native English speaker.
  • Understand some of the experiences of international students studying at the University of Iowa.

LGBTQ and International: Navigating the Intersections of Identifying as LGBTQ and an International Student

Thursday, September 25, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm | 1117 UCC
Session Facilitator: Preston Keith, LGBTQ Multicultural Specialist, Center for Diversity and Enrichment

Description:
In this session we will examine the lived experiences of international students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. We will explore the implications of ethnic and cultural identity on sexual identity and gender identity development. We will also assess the appropriateness of different identity development models as they pertain to LGBT identity development in international students.  We will also apply different approaches to assisting international students with intersecting identities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the influence of ethnic and cultural identity on sexual identity and gender identity development.
  • Articulate areas of stress that international students face when navigating their sexual or gender identity.
  • Apply diverse approaches to helping international students who identify as LGBTQ.
  • Identify resources that may assist international students as they navigate their sexual or gender identity.

Brazil

Thursday, October 2, 2014 | 10:00 - 11:30 am | 1117 UCC
Session Facilitator: Gleidson Gouveia, PhD candidate, Educational Policy and Leadership Studies

Description:
This session will introduce participants to the culture of Brazil. Participants will learn about the history, traditions, values, and norms of Brazil. Participants will hear about the day to day life of Brazilians by a panel of international students from Brazil and have the opportunity to ask questions about their experiences studying at The University of Iowa.

Learning Objectives:

  • Articulate an overview of the history, culture, and traditions of Brazil.
  • Understand some of the experiences of international students from Brazil studying at The University of Iowa

Bringing J-1 Scholars to Your Department

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 | 10:00 - 11:30 am | 1117 UCC
Session Facilitators: Michael Bortscheller, Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services, Rudia Kihura, International Student and Scholar Advisor, and Taivna Mills, International Services Assistant, International Programs

Description:
Session description will be posted soon

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learning objectives will be posted soon. 

Academic ESL: Facilitating Student Success

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm | 1117 UCC
Session Facilitators: Maureen Burke, Director of ESL Programs, Jeffrey Knowling, ESL Lecturer, Melissa Meisterheim, ESL Lecturer, and Jennifer Brown, ESL Lecturer

Description:
Session description will be posted soon. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Learning objectives will be posted soon. 

A Global Perspective From A Former U.S. Ambassador

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 10:00 - 11:30 am | 1117 UCC
Session Facilitator: Ambassador Ron McMullen, Visiting Associate Professor, UI Department of Political Science

Description:
This session, led by UI graduate and former U.S. ambassador Ron McMullen, will examine the role of U.S. embassies in extending “soft power” in the world and how this helps attract international students to American universities.  He will briefly outline the University’s International@Iowa and Global@Iowa initiatives and seek input and advice from participants on making these programs as effective as possible.  Finally, he will offer some personal suggestion for students, staff, and faculty on how to get the most out of the many international opportunities available to the wider Hawkeye community.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the notion of America’s s soft power.
  • Gain insights on how U.S. embassies around the world extend soft power and help attract students to U.S. universities.
  • Become familiar with UI initiatives to aid the academic success and cultural adjustment of international students.
  • Offer advice on how to make these initiatives as effective as possible.
  • Acquire tips on preparation for effective foreign travel. 

Developing Your Intercultural Insight

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | 10:00 - 11:30 am | 1117 UCC
Session Facilitators: Bob Gutwein, Senior International Student and Scholar Advisor, and Brandon Paulson, International Student and Scholar Advisor, International Programs

Description:
In this session, participants will learn about developing their intercultural insights by exploring the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). The IDI generates an individual profile of “worldview orientation to difference,” and is based on the research of Dr. Milton Bennett and Dr. Mitchell Hammer. Participants will need to complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) before the session. Participants will also attend a follow-up meeting with a trained IDI facilitator to receive feedback on their individual profile and discuss their individual development plan for intercultural growth. Please note ISSS pays a $15 fee for each IDI instrument so participants signed up need to commit to completing the IDI instrument prior to the session, attending the session, and meeting with a trained IDI facilitator to receive their individual feedback.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn about the intercultural growth continuum and the stages of intercultural development.
  • Find out where the IDI indicates you are on the intercultural growth continuum.
  • Develop a personal plan for your intercultural growth to be able to work more effectively with international students and scholars 

Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm | 1117 UCC
Session FacilitatorZahrah Almahdi, Student

Description:
This session will introduce participants to the culture of Saudi Arabia. Participants will learn about the history, traditions, values, and norms of Saudi Arabia. Participants will hear about the day to day life of Saudis by a panel of international students from Saudi Arabia and have the opportunity to ask questions about their experiences studying at The University of Iowa.

Learning Objectives:

  • Articulate an overview of the history, culture, and traditions of Saudi Arabia.
  • Understand some of the experiences of international students from Saudi Arabia studying at The University of Iowa.

Malaysia

Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 10:00 - 11:30 am | 1117 UCC
Session Facilitator: Muhammad ‘Sharrif’ Sheikh, Student

Description:
This session will introduce participants to the culture of Malaysia. Participants will learn about the history, traditions, values, and norms of Malaysia. Participants will hear about the day to day life of Malaysians by a panel of international students from Malaysia and have the opportunity to ask questions about their experiences studying at The University of Iowa.

Learning Objectives:

  • Articulate an overview of the history, culture, and traditions of Malaysia.
  • Understand some of the experiences of international students from Malaysia studying at The University of Iowa. 

 

SPRING 2015 SESSIONS



Introduction to Building Our Global Community

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am | 1117 UCC
Session Facilitators: Brandon Paulson, International Student and Scholar Advisor, and Lee Seedorff, Senior Associate Director of International Student and Scholar Services, International Programs

Description:
This introduction session will introduce the Building Our Global Community program and share an overview of the international student and scholar population at The University of Iowa.  Participants will have opportunity to learn about the cultural adjustment experienced by international students, and participate in an interactive activity demonstrating the challenges of being a non-native English speaker. The session will conclude with an international student panel sharing their experiences transitioning to the U.S. and studying at The University of Iowa. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the purpose of the Building Our Global Community program and how the program can assist with working effectively with international students and scholars.
  • Articulate an overview of the international population at The University of Iowa.
  • Understand cultural adjustment and apply strategies to assist with the transition.
  • Discuss first-hand the challenges of being a non-native English speaker.
  • Understand some of the experiences of international students studying at The University of Iowa

Outreach, Recruitment, and Admission of International Undergraduate Students

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 10:00 - 11:30 am | 1117 UCC
Session Facilitator: Becky Hanson, Associate Director, International Outreach and Recruitment, Office of Admissions, Ying Xu, Assistant Director, China Recruitment and Asian Initiatives, and Debra Miller, Senior Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions

Description:
The Office of Admissions will present a basic summary of international undergraduate student recruitment and admission processing at the University of Iowa. The session will describe how it prepares each year to do outreach around the globe to assist with the internationalization of the campus. Representatives will share how data drives the selection and formation of recruitment plans, give examples of the promotional materials used, and explain the communication trail set-up for prospects and admitted students. Attendees will also be shown an overview of the admission requirements, timeline for applications, and internal process for making admission offers and creating immigration documents.

Learning Objectives:

  • Research that goes into deciding where the University of Iowa should seek additional international students.
  • The existence of promotional materials that can be requested by departments for recruitment use.
  • Admission requirements and timeline required from start to finish for an international applicant.

Study Abroad

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | 10:00 - 11:30 am | 1117 UCC
Session Facilitator: Sarah McNitt, Study Abroad Advisor and Program Coordinator, International Programs

Description:
Study abroad is a valuable opportunity for UI students to gain new perspective on the world outside the borders of the United States.  By leaving their comfort zones, students are challenged to grow in new ways.  We will discuss the benefits and challenges of international education, the specifics of study abroad participation at UI, and resources to help students from the point of preliminary research to the return home.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the value of study abroad as part of a student’s complete education.
  • Understand the barriers to study abroad and the challenges that students face while studying abroad.
  • Identify the resources of the UI Study Abroad office.

Navigating Intercultural Conflicts

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | 10:00 - 11:30 am | 1117 UCC
Session Facilitators: Bob Gutwein, Senior International Student and Scholar Advisor, and Brandon Paulson, International Student and Scholar Advisor, International Programs

Description:
In this session, you will have an opportunity to discover your culturally preferred approach or style of resolving conflict through the use of the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory developed by Dr. Mitchell Hammer. Being aware of your own cultural style, you will be better able to understand and adapt to the styles of others and work more effectively in intercultural settings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about your conflict communication style and your preferred approach for navigating conflicts.
  • Identify other conflict communication styles and how they might interact.
  • Discuss how this may be useful in your work and home life.

India

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | 10:00 - 11:30 am | 1117 UCC
Session Facilitator: Megha Amarnath, Student, Advanced JD, and Renjana Hareendran, Student, MS in Computer Science

Description:
This session will introduce participants to the culture of India. Participants will learn about the history, traditions, values, and norms of India. Participants will hear about the day to day life of Indians by a panel of international students from India and have the opportunity to ask questions about their experiences studying at The University of Iowa.

Learning Objectives:

  • Articulate an overview of the history, culture, and traditions of India.
  • Understand some of the experiences of international students from India studying at The University of Iowa.

Developing Your Intercultural Insight

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | 10:00 - 11:30 am | 1117 UCC
Session Facilitators: Brandon Paulson, International Student and Scholar Advisor, and Bob Gutwein, Senior International Student and Scholar Advisor

Description:
In this session, participants will learn about developing their intercultural insights by exploring the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). The IDI generates an individual profile of “worldview orientation to difference,” and is based on the research of Dr. Milton Bennett and Dr. Mitchell Hammer. Participants will need to complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) before the session. Participants will also attend a follow-up meeting with a trained IDI facilitator to receive feedback on their individual profile and discuss their individual development plan for intercultural growth. Please note ISSS pays a $15 fee for each IDI instrument so participants signed up need to commit to completing the IDI instrument prior to the session, attending the session, and meeting with a trained IDI facilitator to receive their individual feedback.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the intercultural growth continuum and the stages of intercultural development.
  • Find out where the IDI indicates you are on the intercultural growth continuum.
  • Develop a personal plan for your intercultural growth to be able to work more effectively with international students and scholars. 

Turkey

Thursday, April 2, 2015 | 10:00 - 11:30 am | 1117 UCC
Session Facilitator: Emrah Tiras, Graduate Student

Description:
This session will introduce participants to the culture of Turkey. Participants will learn about the history, traditions, values, and norms of Turkey. Participants will hear about the day to day life of Turks by a panel of international students from Turkey and have the opportunity to ask questions about their experiences studying at The University of Iowa.

Learning Objectives:

  • Articulate an overview of the history, culture, and traditions of Turkey.
  • Understand some of the experiences of international students from Turkey studying at The University of Iowa.

Unraveling the Mysteries, Rationales, Challenges and Benefits of Student Exchanges

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | 10:00 - 11:30 am | 1117 UCC
Session Facilitator: Bob Gutwein, Senior International Student and Scholar Advisor, and Zach Smith, Study Abroad Advisor, International Programs

Description:
In this session, we will explore the role exchanges play in the University of Iowa’s mission for diversity and internationalization, while discussing their importance for both the home and host communities.  The necessity of foundational relationships within the home and host institutions - and their communities - for exchanges, make them complex and complicated, while also requiring great deals of support.  These complexities will be discussed within the context of student and community benefits, by showcasing some of the University of Iowa’s long-standing, prestigious and vital partnerships.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role of exchanges in the University’s mission for diversity and internationalization.
  • Become familiar with some of the most important exchange partnerships that the University of Iowa currently has.
  • Become of aware of the challenges and benefits of exchanges, while also appreciating the level of support exchanges receive.
  • Learn where our exchanges students are going (and coming from) and what they are doing in their host communities.
  • Know what kind of student is well suited for a bilateral exchange

International Students and Employment in the U.S.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | 1117 UCC
Session Facilitators: Laura R. Holtkamp, Senior International Student and Scholar Advisor, Kevin Roiseland, International Student and Scholar Advisor, and Amanda M. McFadden, Career Advisor and International Services Liaison, Pomerantz Career Center

Description:
International students in F-1 and J-1 visa status must adhere to strict regulations and procedures for obtaining internships and employment in the United States. This session is designed to provide faculty and staff a basic understanding of immigration related-issues to make informed administrative decisions, learn how the Pomerantz Career Center supports international students’ career development, and create a foundation for partnering efficiently and effectively with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain general knowledge of federal regulations governing employment for F/J visa students.
  • Recognize the difference between CPT and OPT.
  • Discover how the Pomerantz Career Center helps prepare international students to find challenging and rewarding internships and career opportunities.
  • Learn how to communicate and collaborate effectively with ISSS.

International Alumni Relations - A Strategic Resource in Internationalization

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 | 10:00-11:30 am | 1117 UCC
Session Facilitator: Suyun Ma, Global External Relations Coordinator, International Programs

Description:
In this session, participants will be given an overview of the University of Iowa’s approach to international alumni relations. Participants will see examples of communications with international alumni via social media and personal email and will learn how to create successful international alumni events. Using examples, we’ll discuss the development and distribution of feature stories and bite-size nuggets about compelling international alumni in multiple formats and venues (print, web, social media, TV, videos, blogging, etc.). We will also discuss ways to cultivate an alumni culture with current students--our future international alumni.  Anyone interested in engaging international alumni as a strategic resource in internationalization is encouraged to attend.

Learning Objectives:

  • Why the UI sees global relations and communications as an integral part of campus internationalization.
  • The University of Iowa’s strategy and goals for improved international alumni relations.
  • International Programs’ practices for staying connected and engaged with international alumni.
  • Inter-departmental collaborations related to international alumni relations 

 

Questions?

Questions about the Building Our Global Community certificate program? Please contact Brandon Paulson, International Student and Scholar Advisor, by email brandon-paulson@uiowa.edu or phone (319) 335-0335.