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November 16 | 5:30 p.m.

Sarah Lande, a lifelong proponent of citizen diplomacy and key figure in the history of Iowa's relationship with China, and Patrick and Susan Keefe, whose commitment to serving the health needs of under-resourced and marginalized communities has taken them to many parts of the U.S. and the world, are the recipients of the UI's 2020 International Impact Award. UI President Bruce Harreld and International Programs Associate Provost and Dean Russell Ganim presented the International Impact Awards during the November 16 WorldCanvass, the official kick-off for the UI celebration of International Education Week (November 16-20). Recognition was also given to Mishma Nixon and Nicholas Stroup, recipients of the UI's Global Student Awards.

Following the presentation of the awards, WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer will talk with the awardees about their lives and the personal commitment that has driven their efforts to make a tangible global impact. Joining the conversation are Dimy Doresca, director of the Institute for International Business in the Tippie College of Business, Donald Letendre, dean of the College of Pharmacy, and Jeanine Abrons,​​​​​ clinical associate professor in the College of Pharmacy.

The International Impact Award recognizes distinguished alumni and other individuals with significant ties to the UI who have made important contributions internationally or, in the case of international alumni, abroad in their home countries. It honors exceptional individuals in any field who have made sustained and deep contributions internationally or in the U.S. to promote global understanding.

Mishma Nixon and Nicholas Stroup are recipients of the 2020 Global Student Award, which recognizes current University of Iowa students who are emerging leaders deeply engaged in international education on campus or abroad. The award is given to two students annually—one to a student who has made significant efforts toward campus internationalization (Nixon) and another to a student who is furthering globalization through their international research or study abroad program (Stroup).

Program Details

Segment 1: International Impact Award and Global Student Award presentations

  • Bruce Harreld—president, University of Iowa
  • Russell Ganim—associate provost and dean, UI International Programs

Segment 2: Sarah Lande

  • Sarah Lande—International Impact Award winner
  • Dimy Doresca—director, Institute for International Business, UI Tippie College of Business
  • Russell Ganim—associate provost and dean, UI International Programs

Segment 3: Patrick and Susan Keefe

  • Patrick Keefe—International Impact Award winner
  • Susan Keefe—International Impact Award winner
  • Donald Letendre—dean, UI College of Pharmacy
  • Jeanine Abrons—clinical associate professor, UI College of Pharmacy

Segment 4: Global Student Awards

  • Mishma Nixon—Global Student Award winner
  • Nicholas Stroup—Global Student Award winner

Following the live event, the video recording of WorldCanvass will be available here and on YouTube.  In addition, audio podcasts of all WorldCanvass programs can be found on iTunes and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX). WorldCanvass is produced by University of Iowa International Programs.

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 Amy Green in advance at or 319-335-1433.