Thursday, August 24, 2023
POSTPONED. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the November 2 WorldCanvass program and presentation of the International Impact and Global Student Awards has been postponed until further notice. Updated October 18, 2023.

As part of the University of Iowa’s annual celebration of International Education Week, International Programs will host a WorldCanvass program to present both the International Impact Award and the Global Student Awards for 2023. The public is invited to attend this special event on November 2 at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. (CDT). Come early to enjoy a pre-show reception from 5 - 5:30 p.m. in the MERGE lobby. 

Linda Baker with husband Dale
Linda Baker with husband Dale Baker

International Programs is pleased to announce that Linda R. Baker, an Iowa graduate, educator, and philanthropist, has been named the winner of the 2023 International Impact Award, an award that honors exceptional individuals who have made sustained and deep contributions internationally or in the U.S. to promote global understanding.  

Baker's strong personal commitment to efforts that foster cultural competency and global awareness, as well as her internationally oriented philanthropy, has paved the way for hundreds of students and faculty to study, teach, conduct research, and travel abroad for educational immersion experiences. Many of these life-changing experiences will be shared by our guests on WorldCanvass. Read more about Baker here.

We will also be honoring two current Iowa students who champion international education on campus or abroad. These Global Student Award recipients, Katherine Lyu and Amira Nash, will join us for WorldCanvass on November 2.

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.


International Programs (IP) at the University of Iowa (UI) is committed to enriching the global experience of UI students, faculty, staff, and the general public by leading efforts to promote internationally oriented teaching, research, creative work, and community engagement.  IP provides support for international students and scholars, administers scholarships and assistance for students who study, intern, or do research abroad, and provides funding opportunities and grant-writing assistance for faculty engaged in international research. IP shares their stories through various media, and by hosting multiple public engagement activities each year.