Building Our Global Community Schedule

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PROGRAM OFFERINGS FOR 2016-2017

The Building Our Global Community certificate program creates an opportunity to educate UI faculty and staff about fostering an intercultural campus community for international students and scholars. By completing a series of sessions, participants will earn a certificate demonstrating their commitment in supporting international students and scholars in the workplace and classroom. 

Participants in Building Our Global Community will learn:

  • skills to recognize their own culture and how their cultural lens influences their interactions
  • techniques for assisting international students and scholars with the cultural adjustment process
  • strategies for interacting and supporting international students and scholars
  • how to navigate cross-cultural conflicts and their preferred conflict style
  • F-1 and J-1 immigration regulations followed by international students and scholars    

FALL 2016 SESSIONS



Introduction to Building Our Global Community

Monday, September 19, 2016 | 9:00 am – 12:00pm | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Lee Seedorff, Senior Associate Director of International Student and Scholar Services; Brandon Paulson, Senior Advisor; and Taivna Mills, International Services Assistant, 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.

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • 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.

Pronunciation of Chinese Names and Greetings

Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 9:30-11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructor: Xi Ma, Curriculum Coordinator, Confucius Institute, International Programs

Description:
This session serves as an introduction to Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) pronunciation. Using the most commonly seen Chinese names as examples, it introduces the romanization system of Chinese pronunciation-- Pinyin, the four tones, and greetings in Mandarin Chinese.

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • learn about the development of Pinyin
  • practice all consonant and vowel sounds with tips on how to produce them accurately
  • learn about the four major Chinese tones by practicing with Chinese names
  • learn the basic daily greetings in Chinese

Examining and Enhancing Your Perspective Consciousness

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 | 1:30 – 3:30pm | 1117 UCC
Instructor: Jason Harshman, Assistant Professor of Social Studies and Global Education, College of Education

Description:
What informs how you think about people and places in the world? In this session, you will be asked to examine the differences between opinions and perspective consciousness as part of the process of becoming more open-minded. Exercises and discussions focus on depth and context when considering one’s perspective and ideas for applying what participants learn during the session.

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • examine individual backgrounds and reflect on the influences that shape one’s perspectives and preferences
  • discuss the factors that influence how people interact with and respond to difference
  • create sustainable action steps for enhancing your open-mindedness and perspective consciousness

Bringing J-1 Scholars to Your Department

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | 9:30 - 11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructors: 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:
This introduction session will introduce J-1 scholars to the audience. They will learn about the J-1 scholar categories and who J-1 scholars at the University of Iowa are.  Attendees will be walked through the J-1 Scholar Application and will come away with an understanding of how to fill out an application and how it is processed. The J-1 scholar orientation will be explained to attendees and issues that scholars commonly experience will be discussed. Attendees will then have time to ask any additional questions about scholars and the invitation process. 

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • describe who J-1 Scholars are and who might be invited as a J-1 Scholar
  • articulate some scholar-specific regulations and policies
  • understand the J-1 application and processing
  • explain the Scholar Orientation session
  • understand some of the experiences of international scholars at the University of Iowa

Developing Your Intercultural Insight

Thursday, October 27, 2016 | 10:00 - 11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Bob Gutwein, Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services, and Brandon Paulson, Senior 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 sign-up and attend a follow-up 45 minute meeting with a trained IDI facilitator to receive feedback on their individual profile and discuss their individual development plan for intercultural growth.

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • describe the intercultural growth continuum and the stages of intercultural development
  • find out where the IDI indicates they are on the intercultural growth continuum
  • develop a personal plan for their intercultural growth to be able to work more effectively with international students and scholars 

K-Culture Worldwide

Monday, October 31, 2016 | 10:00 – 11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructor: Sang-Seok Yoon, Lecturer; Coordinator of the Korean Language Program; Director of King Sejong Institute, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and International Programs

Description:
Korean contemporary pop-culture (e.g. K-pop, K-drama, K-movie) is receiving huge attention from the people all around the world. In this session, I will talk about the brief history of “Korean Wave”, effects of the “Korean Wave”, and characteristics that created a global fandom.  

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • have general understanding about contemporary culture of Korea
  • learn UI students’ activities about Korean culture
  • learn characteristics of K-pop, K-drama, and K-movie

Including International Students

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 10:00am – 12:00pm | 2520D UCC
Instructors: Wayne Jacobson, Director of Assessment, Office of the Provost
Cross-listed with Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity (BUILD)

Description:
This session will present research on experiences of international undergraduates at UI and identify strategies for creating a welcoming, inclusive environment for international students. 

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • identify experiences and perceptions that are common to both international and domestic students
  • understand some of the unique challenges faced by international students, especially those who are not native speakers of English
  • develop strategies for identifying and addressing obstacles that limit international student belonging and engagement in the campus community

International Students and Academic Integrity

Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 9:30-11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Lee Seedorff, Senior Associate Director, International Student and Scholar Services, and Nancy Schneider, Director of Academic Advising and Retention, College of Engineering

Description:
This session will provide information on how and when international students learn about academic integrity and what constitutes misconduct, the ways culture impacts these concepts, potential immigration consequences, and generate ideas for best practices in the classroom.  The session will include a panel of campus specialists as well as students.

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • identify the ways international students are informed about academic integrity and expectations
  • understand multiple cultural contexts for viewing the concept of academic integrity
  • understand how immigration status may be impacted by misconduct
  • apply practices and tips to help curb academic misconduct

Navigating Intercultural Conflicts

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | 10:00 - 11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Bob Gutwein, Assistant Director, and Rudia Kihura, International Student and Scholar Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services

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.

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • identify their conflict communication style and preferred approach for navigating conflicts
  • recognize other conflict communication styles and how they might interact
  • discuss how this may be useful in your work and home life

 

SPRING 2017 SESSIONS



Introduction to Building Our Global Community

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | 9:00 – 12:00pm | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Lee Seedorff, Senior Associate Director; Brandon Paulson, Senior Advisor; and Taivna Mills, International Services Assistant, International Student and Scholar Services

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.   

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • 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 

Pronunciation of Chinese Names and Greetings

Friday, February 24, 2017 | 9:30-11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructor: Xi Ma, Curriculum Coordinator, Confucius Institute, International Programs

Description:
This session serves as an introduction to Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) pronunciation. Using the most commonly seen Chinese names as examples, it introduces the romanization system of Chinese pronunciation-- Pinyin, the four tones, and greetings in Mandarin Chinese.

Participants who attend this session will:

  • learn about the development of Pinyin
  • practice all consonant and vowel sounds with tips on how to produce them accurately
  • learn about the four major Chinese tones by practicing with Chinese names
  • learn the basic daily greetings in Chinese

Bringing J-1 Scholars to Your Department

Thursday, March 2, 2017 | 9:30 - 11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Michael Bortscheller, Assistant Director; Rudia Kihura, International Student and Scholar Advisor; and Taivna Mills, International Services Assistant, International Student and Scholar Services

Description:
This introduction session will introduce J-1 scholars to the audience. They will learn about the J-1 scholar categories and who J-1 scholars at the University of Iowa are.  Attendees will be walked through the J-1 Scholar Application and will come away with an understanding of how to fill out an application and how it is processed. The J-1 scholar orientation will be explained to attendees and issues that scholars commonly experience will be discussed. Attendees will then have time to ask any additional questions about scholars and the invitation process.

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • describe who J-1 Scholars are and who might be invited as a J-1 Scholar
  • articulate some scholar-specific regulations and policies
  • understand the J-1 application and processing
  • explain the Scholar Orientation session
  • understand some of the experiences of international scholars at the University of Iowa

Mental Health Concerns of International Students

Monday, March 6, 2017 | 9:30 – 11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Lanaya Ethington, Staff Psychologist, and Huan-Chung Scott Liu, Staff Psychologist & Group Coordinator, University Counseling Services

Description:
This session highlights how concerns unique to international students impact their mental health.  These concerns can affect international students’ transition to the University of Iowa, their functioning on campus, and their broader adjustment to the United States. Additionally, international students’ presentation to counseling is influenced by their cultural backgrounds and traditions. We will explore how the forbearance coping style affects some students’ ability to respond to stressors and interpersonal functioning. We will also discuss how the Third Culture Kid identity impacts mental health and identity development, and we will explore cultural re-entry issues for students returning from a study abroad.

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • identify concerns that are unique to international students’ adjustment, and the potential effects on mental health
  • describe how the forbearance coping style impacts students’ response to stressors and interpersonal functioning
  • develop an awareness of the Third Culture Kid identity and cultural re-entry concerns, and implications for mental health

East Africa

Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 9:30 - 11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Rudia Kihura, International Student and Scholar Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services

Description:
This session will introduce participants to the culture of the Eastern African countries of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Participants will learn about the history, traditions, values, and norms of those countries. Participants will hear about the day to day life of East Africans by international students from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, and have the opportunity to ask questions about their experiences studying at the University of Iowa. 

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • articulate an overview of the history, culture, and traditions of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda
    understand some of the experiences of international students from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda studying at the University of Iowa

An Introduction to Federal Regulations Affecting International Students

Monday, April 3, 2017 | 9:30-11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Michael Bortscheller, Assistant Director, and Kevin Roiseland, International Student and Scholar Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services

Description:
Immigration laws regulate many aspects of international students' lives, including entry to the United States, the conditions under which they may remain in this country and re-enter after traveling abroad, and eligibility for immigration benefits such as employment and extension of stay. This session will provide an introductory overview of the application and visa process, foundations of U.S. student immigration law, ISSS responsibilities to the Department of Homeland Security and to the student, and the basic rules that international students must follow to remain in status while studying in the United States.

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • develop an awareness of the basic federal rules and regulations international students must follow to remain in status while studying in the United States
  • recognize the complex employment guidelines international students must follow
  • learn how ISSS staff are able to help departments with immigration concerns and issues

Developing Your Intercultural Insight

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 10:00 - 11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Bob Gutwein, Assistant Director, and Brandon Paulson, Senior Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services

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 sign-up and attend a follow-up 45 minute meeting with a trained IDI facilitator to receive feedback on their individual profile and discuss their individual development plan for intercultural growth.

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • describe the intercultural growth continuum and the stages of intercultural development
  • find out where the IDI indicates they are on the intercultural growth continuum
  • develop a personal plan for their intercultural growth to be able to work more effectively with international students and scholars 

Including International Students

Friday, April 21, 2017 | 10:00am – 12:00pm | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Wayne Jacobson, Director of Assessment, Office of the Provost
Cross-listed with Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity (BUILD)

Description:
This session will present research on experiences of international undergraduates at UI and identify strategies for creating a welcoming, inclusive environment for international students. 

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • identify experiences and perceptions that are common to both international and domestic students
  • understand some of the unique challenges faced by international students, especially those who are not native speakers of English
  • develop strategies for identifying and addressing obstacles that limit international student belonging and engagement in the campus community

Contact Brandon Paulson with questions about the Building Our Global Community certificate program by email brandon-paulson@uiowa.edu or phone (319) 335-0335.

UI Accessibility Statement:

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Brandon Paulson in advance at (319) 335-0335.