Building Our Global Community Schedule

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PROGRAM OFFERINGS FOR 2017-18

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 2017 SESSIONS



Introduction to Building Our Global Community

Tuesday, September 19, 2017| 9:00am–12:00pm | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Lee Seedorff, Senior Associate; Brandon Paulson, Senior Advisor; and Taivna Mills, International Services Associate, 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 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

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | 2:00-4:00pm | 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

Navigating Intercultural Conflicts

Thursday, October 5, 2017 | 9:30-11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Bob Gutwein, Assistant Director; and Rudia Kihura, Senior 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

Supporting International Students

Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 9:30-11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Mirra Anson, Director of Retention and Early Intervention, Academic Support and Retention; Shuhui Lin, Coordinator of International Student Support and Engagement; International Student and Scholar Services/Center for Student Involvement and Leadership; and Angie Reams, Director of Student Care and Assistance, Dean of Students

Description:
In the fall 2016 semester, international students comprised 7.5% of the first-year student population. As the number of international students attending the University of Iowa increases, we must ensure that we are providing an inclusive environment and working collaboratively across departments and units on campus to support this growing population of students. This session will use student transition and experience survey data to frame international students’ experiences at Iowa and explore the top issues or concerns they typically encounter. We will also discuss cultural implications to consider when assisting international students and how to connect students with campus resources that can assist them with academic, social/personal, and/or health-related concerns.

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • understand undergraduate international students’ transition to and experience with the University of Iowa through an examination of institutional data sets (i.e. Excelling@Iowa and the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey)
  • explore the unique cultural considerations and factors that frame supporting international students at the University of Iowa, and understand how to apply these considerations when supporting international students
  • identify the top campus resources most applicable to the nature of international students’ concerns and understand how to best connect students to these resources

Bringing J-1 Scholars to Your Department

Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 9:30-11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Michael Bortscheller, Assistant Director; Rudia Kihura, Senior Advisor; and Taivna Mills, International Services Associate, 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

Developing Your Intercultural Insight

Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 9:30-11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Bob Gutwein, Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services; Shuhui Lin, Coordinator of International Student Support and Engagement; International Student and Scholar Services/Center for Student Involvement and Leadership; 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 

An Introduction to Federal Regulations Affecting International Students

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | 2:00-4:00pm | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Michael Bortscheller, Assistant Director, and Kevin Roiseland, Senior Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services
Cross-listed with Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity (BUILD)

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

Cultural Insights Series: East Asia

Thursday, November 30, 2017 | 9:30-11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructor: Suyun Ma, Global External Relations Officer, International Programs

Description:
This session will introduce participants to the culture of East Asian countries through a series of brief presentations. Participants will learn about the history, traditions, values, and norms of the countries presented in the session. Participants will hear about the day to day life of East Asians and have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • articulate a brief overview of the history, culture, and traditions of East Asian countries
  • compare and contrast the cultural differences between East Asian countries
  • understand some of the experiences of international students from East Asia studying at the University of Iowa


 

SPRING 2018 SESSIONS



Introduction to Building Our Global Community

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | 9:00 – 12:00pm | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Lee Seedorff, Senior Associate; Brandon Paulson, Senior Advisor; and Taivna Mills, International Services Associate, 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 

Cultural Insights Series: Southeast Asia - Canceled; Rescheduled in a Future Academic Year 

Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 9:30-11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructor: Pauline Beazer James, International Student and Scholar Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services

Description:
This session will introduce participants to the culture of Southeast Asian countries through a series of brief presentations. Participants will learn about the history, traditions, values, and norms of the countries presented in the session. Participants will hear about the day to day life of Southeast Asians and have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

Participants who attend this session will:

  • articulate a brief overview of the history, culture, and traditions of Southeast Asian countries
  • compare and contrast the cultural differences between Southeast Asian countries
  • understand some of the experiences of international students from Southeast Asia studying at the University of Iowa

An Introduction to Federal Regulations Affecting International Students

Thursday, March 1, 2018 | 9:30-11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Michael Bortscheller, Assistant Director, and Kevin Roiseland, Senior Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services
Cross-listed with Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity (BUILD)

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

Outreach, Recruitment, and Admission of International Undergraduate Students/International Alumni Relations - A Strategic Resource in Internationalization

Monday, March 5, 2018 | 2:00-4:00pm | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Office of Admissions - Becky Hanson, Associate Director, International Outreach & Recruitment; Ying Xu, Assistant Director, China Recruitment & Asian Initiatives; Adam Parker, Assistant Director, International Outreach & Recruitment, and Andy Moore, Assistant Director, International Evaluation; and Suyun Ma, Global External Relations Officer, International Programs

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. Additionally, 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.   

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • describe the research that goes into deciding where the University of Iowa should seek additional international students
  • learn about the existence of promotional materials that can be requested by departments for recruitment use
  • describe the Admission requirements and timeline required from start to finish for an international applicant
  • recognize why the UI sees global relations and communications as an integral part of campus internationalization
  • describe the University of Iowa’s strategy and goals for improved international alumni relations
  • learn International Programs’ practices for staying connected and engaged with international alumni
  • share opportunities for inter-departmental collaborations related to international alumni relations

Pronunciation of Chinese Names and Greetings

Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 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

Developing Your Intercultural Insight

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 | 9:30-11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Bob Gutwein, Assistant Director; Brandon Paulson, Senior Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services; and Shuhui Lin, Coordinator of International Student Support and Engagement; International Student and Scholar Services/Center for Student Involvement and Leadership

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 

Cultural Insights Series: Western and Northern Africa

Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 9:30-11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructor: Rudia Kihura, Senior Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services

Description:
This session will introduce participants to the culture of Western and Northern African countries through a series of brief presentations. Participants will learn about the history, traditions, values, and norms of the countries presented in the session. Participants will hear about the day to day life of Western and Northern Africans and have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • articulate a brief overview of the history, culture, and traditions of Western and Northern African countries
  • compare and contrast the cultural differences between Western and Northern African countries
  • understand some of the experiences of international students from Western and Northern Africa studying at the University of Iowa

Bringing J-1 Scholars to Your Department

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | 9:30 - 11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Michael Bortscheller, Assistant Director; Rudia Kihura, Senior Advisor; and Taivna Mills, International Services Associate, 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

International Students and Employment in the U.S.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 9:30-11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Amanda McFadden, Director of Academic Programs and International Services, Pomerantz Career Center; Lee Seedorff, Senior Associate Director, International Student and Scholar Services; and Andrea Siebenmann, International Student and Scholar Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services

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 International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • 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

Academic ESL: Facilitating Student Success

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 9:30-11:30am | 1117 UCC
Instructors: Maureen Burke, Director; Jeffrey Knowling, Assistant Director; and Melissa Meisterheim, Assistant Director, ESL Programs

Description:
Through courses designed not only to improve international students’ language proficiency, but also their understanding of US culture and the US classroom, ESL Programs supports student success.  This session will discuss English as a Second Language (ESL) at the University. The presenters will describe how ESL eases the academic transition from a student’s home country to the US.  Focus will be on the undergraduate population that ESL serves with explanation of the on-campus testing of new students and changes that have been made to the ESL curriculum to better serve the international undergraduate population. The presentation will illustrate how ESL at Iowa has evolved and what knowledge and training teachers need to best serve their students’ needs. Finally, the presenters will provide ideas and strategies to help reduce communication breakdowns with individuals whose first language is not English.  

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • articulate what ESL is and its role on campus
  • appreciate the challenges international students face - not only language issues but also academic and cultural issues
  • recognize the differences in language backgrounds and appreciate teaching and learning challenges
  • identify and apply strategies for improving communication with those who are not first language speakers of English

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.