University of Iowa

Building Our Global Community

Building our global Community 

The Building Our Global Community certificate program creates an opportunity for University of Iowa faculty and staff to learn about the experiences of international students and scholars, and methods they can use to foster skills for working with and awareness of our increasingly intercultural campus  community. To earn a Building Our Global Community certificate, participants must register for and attend the Introduction to Building Our Global Community core course and at least four elective courses. All courses taken for the program are free of charge and fill on a first-come, first-served basis.  

 

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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 


Participants may take courses individually, without working toward a certificate. Successful fulfillment of the Building Our Global Community certificate requires completion of the Introduction to Building Our Global core course and four elective courses. 
 

Individuals who complete the Building Our Global Community certificate program will receive a certificate, obtain a placard for their office, and be recognized on the International Programs website. Certificates earned during the 2019-2020 academic year will be awarded in summer 2020.

1,000+
faculty and staff have attended a course
450+
certificates earned
18
courses offered in 2019-20

Schedule

Core Course:

 

BGC: Introduction to Building Our Global Community

Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 9:00am–12:00pm | International Commons 1117 UCC

Instructors: Michael Bortscheller, Associate Director; Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director; 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

 

Elective Courses:

 

BGC: Pronunciation of Chinese Names and Greetings

Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 9:30-11:30am | International Commons 1117 UCC

Instructor: Xi Ma, teaching assistant in the Chinese program and graduate student in the Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education (FLARE) program

 

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

 

 

 

BGC: ISSS Open House and BGC 15th Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 9:00-11:00am | International Commons 1117 UCC

Instructors: International Student and Scholar Services Staff

 

Description:

Celebrate the 15th anniversary of Building Our Global Community by attending the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Open House. Learn about what ISSS does, the roles of each staff member, state of international education, and statistical information about international students and scholars at the University of Iowa. Opportunity to ask questions to ISSS staff and tour the ISSS office. Light refreshments will be provided for the celebration.

 

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • share the services and support provided by ISSS
  • learn how to best refer international students to ISSS
  • share about the international population at the University of Iowa
  • connect with ISSS staff

 

 

BGC: Navigating Intercultural Conflicts

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 2:00-4:00pm | International Commons 1117 UCC

Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, International Student and Scholar Advisor; Rudia W. Kihura, Senior Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services; Shuhui Lin, Coordinator of International Student Support and Engagement; International Student and Scholar Services/Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement; and Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, 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 using 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

 

 

BGC: Using Assessment to Foster Intercultural Development

Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 9:00-11:00am | International Commons 1117 UCC

Instructors: Shuhui Lin, Coordinator of International Student Support and Engagement; International Student and Scholar Services/Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement and Teri Schnelle, Associate Director, Student Life Assessment, Improvement, & Research

 

Description:

This session will introduce participants to the assessment cycle, including writing measurable learning outcomes, to gather evidence on student intercultural competence development. Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm ways of using various assessment tools to create opportunities for intercultural development, and will leave with concrete ways to implement assessment into their area of practice

 

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • summarize different dimensions (knowledge, value, behavior) of intercultural competence
  • explain the steps of the assessment cycle
  • write specific and measurable learning outcomes related to intercultural competence
  • summarize a variety of assessment methods for gathering evidence of student intercultural competence development
  • list one way to integrate assessment of intercultural competence development into their area of practice

 

 

BGC: Cultural Insights Series: Middle East

Monday, November 11, 2019 | 2:00-4:00pm | International Commons 1117 UCC

Coordinator: Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services

 

Description:

This session will introduce participants to the culture of Middle Eastern 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 Middle Easterners and 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 Middle Eastern countries
  • contrast the cultural differences between Middle Eastern countries
  • understand some of the experiences of international students from the Middle East studying at the University of Iowa

 

 

BGC/BUILD: An Introduction to Federal Regulations Affecting International Students

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | 9:00-11:00am | International Commons 1117 UCC

Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, International Student and Scholar Advisor, 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 can help departments with immigration concerns and issues

 

 

BGC: Developing Your Intercultural Insight

Thursday, December 5, 2019 | 9:00-11:00am | International Commons 1117 UCC

Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, International Student and Scholar Advisor; Shuhui Lin, Coordinator of International Student Support and Engagement; International Student and Scholar Services/Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement; and Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, 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 have an opportunity to sign-up and attend a follow-up 45 minute meeting with a trained IDI facilitator administrator 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 

Core Course:

                 

BGC: Introduction to Building Our Global Community

Thursday, January 30, 2020 | 9:00am–12:00pm | International Commons 1117 UCC

Instructors: Michael Bortscheller, Associate Director; Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director; 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

 

 

Elective Courses:

 

BGC/BUILD: An Introduction to Federal Regulations Affecting International Students

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | 9:00-11:00am | International Commons 1117 UCC

Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, International Student and Scholar Advisor, 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 can help departments with immigration concerns and issues

 

 

BGC: Academic ESL: Facilitating Student Success

Thursday, February 20, 2020 | 9:00-11:00am | 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

 

 

BGC: Developing Your Intercultural Insight

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm | International Commons 1117 UCC

Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, International Student and Scholar Advisor; Shuhui Lin, Coordinator of International Student Support and Engagement; International Student and Scholar Services/Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement; and Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, 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 

 

 

 

BGC: Navigating Intercultural Conflicts

Thursday, March 5, 2020 | 9:00-11:00am | International Commons 1117 UCC

Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, International Student and Scholar Advisor; Rudia W. Kihura, Senior Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services; Shuhui Lin, Coordinator of International Student Support and Engagement; International Student and Scholar Services/Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement; and Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, 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 using 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

 

 

BGC: Bringing J-1 Scholars to Your Department

Monday, March 9, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm| International Commons 1117 UCC

Instructors: Michael Bortscheller, Associate Director; Rudia W. 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

 

 

BGC: Enhancing Your Intercultural Insight (Advanced)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm | International Commons 1117 UCC

Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, International Student and Scholar Advisor; Shuhui Lin, Coordinator of International Student Support and Engagement; International Student and Scholar Services/Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement; and Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services

 

Description:

Designed for participants whom have attended the Developing Your Intercultural Insight session and completed the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) at least one year ago. Participants in this advanced session will revisit the IDI by discussing real world applications. Participants should attend the session prepared for in-depth discussions about the IDI and its application. Participants will have the opportunity to complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) again and sign-up to attend a follow-up 45-minute meeting with a trained IDI facilitator to discuss their intercultural growth.

 

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • critically reflect on their intercultural experiences
  • find out where the IDI indicates you are on the intercultural growth continuum
  • identify opportunities for applying the IDI to practice

 

 

BGC: International Student Advisor Boot Camp (Advanced)

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 | 9:00-11:00am | International Commons 1117 UCC

Instructors: Pauline Beazer James, International Student and Scholar Advisor, and Kevin Roiseland, Senior Advisor, International Student and Scholar Services

 

Description:

This session will build on the foundation of the BGC/BUILD session, “Introduction to Federal Regulations Affecting International Students”. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how regulations are applied in actual advising appointments. This session will also provide insight on some of the choices/dilemmas that international students and advisors often face as they seek to successfully navigate a system with so many moving parts. Through various case scenarios, reenactments, and even role playing, ISSS staff will highlight and give substance to some of the challenges that immigration regulations present to international students and advisors alike.

 

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • recap and reinforce basic federal rules and regulations for international students through interactive scenarios presented in earlier sessions
  • learn at a deeper level some of the tough choices that regulations can present to students who have seemingly done everything right and to those who have made mistakes
  • see how navigating the U.S. educational system and the immigration system is often more an art than a science both for international students and advisors

 

 

BGC: Cultural Insights Series: South Asia

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm | International Commons 1117 UCC

Instructor: Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services

 

Description:
This session will introduce participants to the culture of the South 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 and 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 South Asian countries
  • contrast the cultural differences between South Asian countries
  • understand some of the experiences of international students from South Asian countries studying at the University of Iowa

 

 

BGC: Cultural Insights Series: South America

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 | 2:00-4:00pm | International Commons 1117 UCC

Instructor: Brandon Paulson, Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services

 

Description:
This session will introduce participants to the culture of the South American 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 and 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 South American countries
  • contrast the cultural differences between South American countries
  • understand some of the experiences of international students from South American countries studying at the University of Iowa
Prisma Ruacho, Coordinator, Multicultural Programs, Asian Pacific American Cultural Center

"I decided to participate in the Building Our Global Community certificate program in order to increase my awareness and knowledge of the experiences of international students. I was able to engage in critical dialogue with colleagues in departments across campus that help us better support students together. I enjoyed hearing from the students themselves but also being able to think and reflect on my own choices and research on how I support international students in my sphere of work. I recommend this program to anyone regardless of your position and level of interaction with international students in order to make our community open, safe, and welcome to all students!" 

Deb Goodwin, Administrative Services Coordinator, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics

“I recently completed the Building Our Global Community Program and was very pleased with the experience.   I gained valuable information on topics such as immigration laws and international student employment from very knowledgeable instructors.  I especially enjoyed meeting with several international students to learn about their experiences so I can better assist my students with their transition to the University of Iowa.”

Building Our Global Community is a collaboration between International Programs and UI Learning & Development, along with the contributions of many of our campus thought leaders. Sessions are offered on a rotating basis each academic year. 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.