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 2018-2019 academic year will be awarded in May 2019.

1,000+
faculty and staff have attended a course
450
certificates earned
17
courses offered in 2018-19

Schedule

Core Course:

 

BGC: Introduction to Building Our Global Community

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 | 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

 

Elective Courses:

 

BGC: Pronunciation of Chinese Names and Greetings

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | 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

 

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

Thursday, October 4, 2018 | 9:00-11:00am | 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

 

 

BGC: Navigating Intercultural Conflicts

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 2:00-4:00pm | 1117 UCC

Instructors: Rudia W. Kihura, Senior Advisor, 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, 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 will need to complete the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory before the session.

 

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/STS: Supervising International Students

Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 9:30-11:00am | 112 USB

Instructors: 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

Cross-listed with Supervising Today’s Students (STS)

 

Description:

Will you be supervising international student employees? If so, this course is for you. International students are a tremendous resource to our campus. Awareness of both the benefits and challenges of cross-cultural supervision will help both supervisors and the students develop productive, positive, and collaborative working relationships. This session will be packed full of practical information as well as strategies for applying what you have learned.

 

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • articulate a brief overview of the international student population at the University of Iowa
  • understand how immigration regulations and on campus employment affects international student success
  • develop self-awareness of U.S. workplace culture
  • aware of strategies for supervising international students
  • aware of resources and making connections to support supervision of international students

 

 

BGC: Academic ESL: Facilitating Student Success

Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 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: Cultural Insights Series: Southeast Asia

Thursday, November 29, 2018 | 9:00-11:00am | 1117 UCC

Instructor: Brandon Paulson, Senior 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 be able to:

  • 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

 

 

BGC: Developing Your Intercultural Insight

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | 2:00-4:00pm | 1117 UCC

Instructors: Lee Seedorff, Senior Associate 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 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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | 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 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: Developing Your Intercultural Insight

Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 9:00-11:00am | 1117 UCC

Instructors: Lee Seedorff, Senior Associate 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 

 

 

BGC: Engaging UI International Students: Lessons from 4,000+ Peer Conversations

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 2:00-4:00pm | 1117 UCC

Instructors: Benjamin Hassman, Conversation Center Director and undergraduate members of the Center’s Peer Leader Program

 

Description:

Develop practical skills for engaging UI International students in this workshop drawing the experience of Rhetoric’s Conversation Center partners. Since its 2016 inception, the Conversation Center has seen over 100 confident English-speaking undergrads host nearly 600 grad and undergrad international students in over 4,000 one-on-one conversations. This session draws on both the international education literature, grounding it in the concrete experience of those 100 conversation partners over the last few years to help you engage and support international students at the University of Iowa.

 

 

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

Monday, March 4, 2019 | 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

 

 

BGC: Study Abroad

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | 2:00-4:00pm | 1117 UCC

Instructor: Kristine Djerf, Senior Advisor and Program Coordinator, Study Abroad

 

Description:

Studying abroad can help students gain maturity, independence, a broad worldview, and many practical skills to apply in a global workplace. We will discuss how students can make this valuable college experience a reality by presenting the what, why, who, where, when and how of study abroad. We will also consider challenges that students face and what resources are available in the Study Abroad Office.

 

Participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • understand the value of study abroad as part of a student’s complete education
  • understand the barriers to study abroad and the challenges that students face
  • identify the resources of the UI Study Abroad office

 

 

BGC: Bringing J-1 Scholars to Your Department

Thursday, April 4, 2019 | 9:00-11:00am | 1117 UCC

Instructors: Michael Bortscheller, Assistant 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: Cultural Insights Series: Caribbean Islands

Thursday, April 9, 2019 | 9:00-11:00am | 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 the Caribbean Island 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 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 Caribbean Island countries
  • compare and contrast the cultural differences between Caribbean Island countries
  • understand some of the experiences of international students from Caribbean Island countries studying at the University of Iowa

 

 

BGC: Mental Health Concerns of International Students and Ways to be an Ally to International Students 

Monday, April 15, 2019 | 2:00-4:00pm | 1117 UCC

Instructors: Sneha Pitre, Ph.D., Staff Therapist and Group Program Coordinator and Scott Liu, Ph.D., 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.  We will explore how the forbearance coping style affects some students’ ability to respond to stressors and interpersonal functioning. We will also 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
  • ways to be an ally to international students in your role at the university

 

 

BGC: Navigating Intercultural Conflicts

Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 9:00-11:00am | 1117 UCC

Instructors: Rudia W. Kihura, Senior Advisor, 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, 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 will need to complete the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory before the session.

 

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

 

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.