The University of Iowa

Commitment to Internationalization Lecture Series

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.

Where I Come From: Leading Campus Internationalization Without Walls
Featuring Dr. Jewell Winn

November 18, 2021 | 2:30 p.m. (CST)

1117 University Capitol Centre (International Commons), Iowa City

Free and open to the public.  The University of Iowa encourages the use of face masks and social distancing while on campus.

Event will also be live streamed via Zoom and Facebook.  Register here to view via Zoom.


The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted higher education beyond what any of us could have imagined. The challenges for some appeared insurmountable. Yet, Dr. Winn has observed an amazing resiliency among her colleagues; regardless of where they came from, they were determined to lead—lead without walls. This new normal forced us to create new structures and processes which allowed us to make many meaningful, lasting connections. And as many of us agreed, there will be a ‘next normal’—whatever that may be—we must keep the walls down and lead with vision, courage, and hope.

Jewell Winn

Dr. Jewell Green Winn has over thirty-five years of experience in education. She provides leadership to the office of International Affairs at Tennessee State University as the Senior International Officer, Deputy Chief Diversity Officer, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. Dr. Winn holds the Doctorate of Education, Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees. 

During the early years of her career, she experienced many ‘firsts’, which prompted her to advocate for more inclusion of women in leadership roles across disciplines.  She co-founded the inaugural Women’s Center on the campus of Tennessee State University while helping to launch an annual awards dinner recognizing women excelling in their respective fields.  She recently co-authored an anthology entitled—Truth Be Told:  Narratives from the Souls of Black Women—an empowering but emotional publication that allowed women of color to share their untold stories. 

Winn’s advocacy efforts did not end with women.  She has a unique passion for underrepresented groups—particularly youth.  She co-founded a non-profit organization that explored discipline disparities towards vulnerable students and realized there was a need to emphasize restorative practices by providing academic, music and sports enrichment as an intervention to needy students locally and abroad.  This commitment to equity and inclusion led her to being selected to join and lead some of Nashville’s most prominent and engaged community organizations that support P-20 education, diversity and inclusion, and global outreach. 

Her research interests include the intersection of diversity and international affairs, global strategies for minority serving institutions, cultural competence in theory and practice, and the acculturation of international students.  She has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters relative to diversity and internationalization efforts at HBCUs.  She is a member of Diversity Abroad, the Forum on Education Abroad, the Association of International Education Administrators, Women in Higher Education in Tennessee, and other civic/social organizations. She also serves on the board for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, the Association of International Education Administrators, the African Diaspora Nation, the Tennessee Diversity Consortium, and Alignment Nashville.


Past Lectures

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Advancing Equity & Inclusion Through Global Engagement
presented by Andrew Gordon
Social entrepreneur and CEO & Founder of Diversity Abroad

November 17, 2020 | 3:30 p.m. | via Zoom



Hans de Wit

Internationalization of Higher Education for Society, Moving Back from Competition to Co-operation
presented by Hans de Wit
Professor and director of the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), Boston College

November 7, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.  | 1117 University Capitol Centre (UCC)
Read a Q&A with Hans de Wit


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The Peril and Promise of Internationalization in the Era of Trump, Brexit and Global Competition
presented by Philip Altbach
Research Professor and Founding Director, Center for International Higher Education at Boston College

March 11, 2019 | 4:30 p.m. | University Capitol Centre, Room 1117
Read a Q&A with Dr. Altbach




Exploring the Value of Strategic International Science Engagement
 presented by Elizabeth (Libby) Lyons
 National Science Foundation’s Office of International Science and Engineering

 March 30, 2018 | 4:30 p.m. | University Capitol Centre, Room 2520D (2nd floor Conference Area)

Madeleine Green



Are We There Yet?: The Long (and Winding) Road to Global Learning for All
presented by Dr. Madeleine Green
Senior Fellow, International Association of Universities
Senior Fellow,  NAFSA: The Association of International Educators

November 2, 2017 | 4:00 p.m. | Old Capitol Senate Chamber
Read a Q&A with Dr. Green


Kevin Kinser

International University Research Ventures: A Faculty-Focused Agenda for Comprehensive Internationalization
presented by 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 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Old Capitol Senate Chamber
Read a Q&A with Dr. Kinser


 Ellen Hazelkorn

Internationalization and the Geopolitics of Higher Education
presented by Ellen Hazelkorn
Policy advisor to the Higher Education Authority, Ireland

November 16, 2016 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Old Capitol Senate Chamber
Read a Q&A with Professor Hazelkorn

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

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