University of Iowa students in India standing in front of a bus

Thursday, November 2, 2023 | 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Location: MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City

International Programs will launch its celebration of International Education Week (November 13-17) with WorldCanvass and the presentation of both the International Impact Award and the Global Student Awards for 2023.

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 awardees, one undergraduate and one graduate student, will be named in October and join us for WorldCanvass on November 2. 

Program Details

Time Segment Speakers
5 - 5:30 p.m. Open reception for all attendees. Light refreshments will be served.  
5:30 - 6:40 p.m. Presentation of the International Impact Award and Global Student Awards
  • Kevin Kregel - provost, University of Iowa 
  • Russell Ganim - associate provost and dean, International Programs, University of Iowa
  • Linda R. Baker - recipient, 2023 International Impact Award
  • Global Student Awardees (not yet named)
5:40 - 6 p.m. Interview with Linda R. Baker
  • Linda R. Baker - Iowa graduate, educator, philanthropist, recipient of the 2023 International Impact Award
  • Dan Clay - dean, College of Education, University of Iowa
6 - 6:20 p.m. Philanthropic impact on the UI College of Education
  • Will Coghill-Behrends - clinical associate professor, College of Education, University of Iowa; director, Global Education Initiatives, Baker Teacher Leader Center, University of Iowa
  • Amira Nash - associate director, Partnerships and Programs, Baker Teacher Leader Center, University of Iowa
6:20 - 6:40 p.m. Student reflections on international experiences
  • Emily Rodriguez - undergraduate student, College of Education, University of Iowa
  • Gabrielle George - graduate student, College of Education, University of Iowa
  • Jonathan Ringler - UI REACH student, University of Iowa
  • William Loyd, Jr. - director, UI REACH, University of Iowa
6:40 - 7 p.m. Interview with UI Global Student Award recipients  

WorldCanvass is a production of International Programs. Programs are recorded as audio podcasts and are available on Apple Podcast, the Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and the WorldCanvass website. Audio production is provided by Kyle Marxen.

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.


Banner image features participants in the 2017 India Winterim study abroad program (an experience which Linda Baker accompanied).