Started in 2016, our Commitment to Internationalization Lecture Series features experts in the field of international education. These experts help to foster ongoing, campus-wide conversations about the UI’s vision and strategic themes for campus internationalization. Topics are intended to have broad interest among faculty, administrators, and students.

Upcoming Lecture

Bernie Burrola

Vice President of Office for International, Community and Economic Engagement, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)

Date: November 17, 2022 | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

Bernie Burrola

Bernie Burrola joined APLU in February 2020 and serves as Vice President of Office for International, Community and Economic Engagement. In this role he provides leadership to the APLU Office of International Programs and the APLU Commission on International Initiatives (CII) and is responsible for strengthening the global engagement and impact of member universities in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. 

Bernie led a five-year bilateral Presidential Initiative to increase higher education partnerships, research collaboration, and student exchange among U.S. and Indonesian universities. He also worked within the Office of Global Educational Programs at the U.S. Department of State to promote U.S. higher education abroad and increase the number of international students studying at American universities.

Earlier in his career, Bernie worked in college admission at Claremont McKenna College and served on the admission committee at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. Currently he serves as an application reviewer for the Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University in China.

Bernie earned his master’s degree in development economics from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and his bachelor’s degree in international relations from Claremont McKenna College. He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde, West Africa and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Past Lectures

Jewell Winn

Where I Come From: Leading Campus Internationalization without Walls

Featuring Jewell Green Winn
Senior International Officer, Deputy Chief Diversity Officer, and Assistant Professor
in the Department of Educational Leadership at Tennessee State University

November 18, 2021

Andrew Gordon

Advancing Equity & Inclusion Through Global Engagement

Featuring Andrew Gordon
Social entrepreneur and CEO & Founder of Diversity Abroad

November 17, 2020

Hans de Wit

Internationalization of Higher Education for Society, Moving Back from Competition to Co-operation

Featuring Hans de Wit
Professor and Director of the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), Boston College

November 7, 2019
Read a Q&A with Hans de Wit

Philip Altbach

The Peril and Promise of Internationalization in the Era of Trump, Brexit and Global Competition

Featuring Philip Altbach
Research Professor and Founding Director, Center for International Higher Education at Boston College

March 11, 2019
Read a Q&A with Dr. Altbach

Elizabeth Lyons

Exploring the Value of Strategic International Science Engagement

Featuring Elizabeth (Libby) Lyons
National Science Foundation’s Office of International Science and Engineering

March 30, 2018

Madeleine Green

Are We There Yet?: The Long (and Winding) Road to Global Learning for All

Featuring Dr. Madeleine Green
Senior Fellow, International Association of Universities, Senior Fellow, NAFSA: The Association of International Educators

November 2, 2017
Read a Q&A with Dr. Green

Kevin Kinser

International University Research Ventures: A Faculty-Focused Agenda for Comprehensive Internationalization

Featuring Kevin Kinser
Professor and Head, Department of Education Policy, Senior Scientist, Center for the Study of Higher Education Pennsylvania State University, Senior Fellow for Internationalization NAFSA: Association of International Educators

March 3, 2017
Read a Q&A with Dr. Kinser

Ellen Hazelkorn

Internationalization and the Geopolitics of Higher Education

Featuring Ellen Hazelkorn
Policy advisor to the Higher Education Authority, Ireland

November 16, 2016
Read a Q&A with Professor Hazelkorn

Check out Ellen's commentary during a special discussion on WorldCanvass: