Internationalization Summit

The 2022 Internationalization Summit 

Emerging Bridges: Capacity Building Through Global Engagement

Friday, May 27, 2022 

8:00 AM TO 2:00 PM MDT 


Purpose:  The Internationalization Summit is intended to be a forum for scholars, students, and members of the academic community to engage in meaningful conversation, connect, share practices, and present emerging research relating to the internationalization of higher education.

The 2022 Internationalization Summit will be a free in-person and live-streamed online event on Friday, May 27, 2022.  All members of academic institutions and related academic community (faculty, staff, administrators, graduate, and undergraduate students) are encouraged to participate and attend the summit. Upon registration, you will receive access information. 




Thank you to those who registered for the 2021 Internationalization Summit. We invite all who could not attend live or who wish to revisit to view the recordings of the sessions. Recordings of the sessions are available on the 2021 Internationalization Summit Playlist

About the Event

Pre-Summit Workshop

The Force Awakens: Foundations for the Modern J.E.D.I. (Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion)
Wednesday May 25, 2022
9am – 12pm (MDT)
*Lunch will be provided to participants immediately following the workshop

Location: International House Basement Classroom, 2200 S. Josephine St. 

*This workshop is currently full. Please contact to be put on a waitlist.

It is no understatement to say that Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has become a primary focus for countless institutions over the past decade. However, there are real and perceived barriers that prevent people from even initiating the J.E.D.I. conversations.  This workshop will provide a framework for participants to navigate these conversations and begin their own efforts through the presentation, active participation, and facilitated group discussions.

This workshop will be facilitated by Brian Henry. Brian currently serves as a Program Manager, Office of International Education at the University of Denver. He is an International Educator and J.E.D.I. Facilitator from Harpers Ferry, WV. He holds a BS in Political Science and an MA in College Student Development & Administration from Shepherd University. Brian has been privileged to work in higher education for over a decade in a variety of areas at seven different institutions, and has researched and presented on aspects of student development, diversity & inclusion, and social justice.


Pre-Summit Workshop

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Institute
Wednesday May 25, 2022
12pm-3pm (MDT)

*Lunch will be provided to participants prior to the start of the workshop
 In-Person | International House, 2200 S. Josephine St.  

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This COIL institute will give faculty a background on COIL, a first attempt at applying COIL principles with a partner, and next steps for faculty to build their own COIL partnership and course.

This workshop will be facilitated by Christine E. Hood. Christine has been at DU since 2019, serving as an Instructional Designer at the Office of Teaching and Learning, working towards her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, and as an instructor at Morgridge College of Education in the Teacher Education Preparation Program. Before the University of Denver, she taught middle school mathematics for three years.

Pre-Summit Workshop

The Journey from F-1 International Student to U.S. Citizen
Thursday May 26, 2022
10am–12pm (MDT)

Location: International House Dining Room, 2200 S. Josephine St. 


*This workshop is currently full. Please contact to be put on a waitlist.

Immigration attorney Lisa York of Curray, York, and Associates and DU’s International Student & Scholar Services Senior Advisor Katie Pettet will lead participants through the journey from F-1 international student to becoming a U.S. Citizen. Lisa and Katie will cover F-1 work authorizations, employment-based visas (H-1B, L, O, etc.), and finally permanent residency and citizenship.

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Schedule for May 27, 2022

Draft schedule subject to change

8:00am – Breakfast & Networking

8:45am – Introductory Remarks 

  • Uttiyo Raychaudhuri - Vice Provost for Internationalization, University of Denver

9:00am  Opening Plenary 

  • Dr. Himanshu Rai, Director, Indian Institute of Management Indore

9:30am – 12:15: Panel Series

Global Learning Panel 

  • Amanda Cahal
    Director of MBA Global Programs and Adjunct Faculty
    Daniels College of Business, University of Denver
  • Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray     
    Director of Global Education 
    University of Colorado Denver 
    Former U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands and Vanuatu 
  • Barbara Stone 
    Graduate Student & Fulbright Research Grant Scholar 
    Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration  
    Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

Virtual Engagement Panel 

  • Cynthia Engel
    Director of Program Development, ISEP Study Abroad
  • Miho Hamamoto
    Teaching Assistant Professor, Japanese; Center for World Cultures and Languages
    College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Denver
  • Christine Hood
    Senior Instructional Designer
    Office of Teaching and Learning, University of Denver *Christine Hood is a Senior Instructional Designer and Educational Technologist at Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Her professional responsibilities include the development of innovative curriculum and teaching excellence for Daniels faculty in online, hybrid, hyflex, and in-person settings. She fosters faculty engagement and a continuous learning culture by providing faculty development opportunities. She strengthens student learning through inclusive pedagogies, educational technologies, and intercultural experiences. She built a DU-specific, instructional design-focused, Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) orientation course and mini-design institute. Christine’s pedagogical frame is rooted in rehumanizing and trauma-informed teaching and learning. Christine has an M.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education. Christine is also a Curriculum and Instruction doctoral candidate at DU’s Morgridge College of Education. Her research interests involve preservice teachers’ math belief formation and rehumanizing math teacher education. Christine previously taught middle school math for three years.

Intersections of Capacity Building 

  • Dr. Ryan Evely Gildersleeve
    Associate Dean and Professor
    Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver
  • Inta Morris
    Colorado Department of Higher Education
    Confluence Strategies Consulting
  • Dr. Laura Perille
    Co-Director, 4D Experience, University of Denver

12:15pm – Lunch Plenary & Book Signing 

Dr. Rajika Bhandari, America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility
International Education Expert & Author

Rajika Bhandari, Ph.D., is a scholar-practitioner in international higher education, author of the new book, America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility, and the host of the EdUp World Wise podcast on education, culture, and migration. Dr. Bhandari's work has spanned the nonprofit, private and higher education sectors and 22 countries. Quoted frequently in the global press, she is also a widely published author and speaker on issues of international students and international education; the global competition for talent; skilled immigrants; and educational and cultural diplomacy. She is the founder of Rajika Bhandari Advisors, offering evidence-based strategic guidance to nonprofits, multilateral organizations, and higher education institutions around the world, and also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. She previously led the IC3 Institute as its President and CEO, and spent over a decade at the Institute of International Education where she led IIE’s research, evaluation and thought leadership portfolio, including the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. She has also served on the US National Commission to UNESCO, and as an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. A product of international education herself, Dr. Bhandari was educated at the University of Delhi in India and at North Carolina State University in the U.S. Learn more about her work at:  


2:00 pm – Closing Remarks 

  • Emelee Volden, Director of International Education, University of Denver 

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Related Reading

Following Hans de Wit and Fiona Hunter's amendment of Jane Knight's work, we define internationalization as: "the intentional process of integrating an international, intercultural or global dimension into the purpose, functions and delivery of post-secondary education, in order to enhance the quality of education and research for all students and staff, and to make a meaningful contribution to society" (source). 

Click here for an introductory reading on the broad concept of Internationalizing Higher Education through the lens of comprehensive internationalization as proposed by John Hudzik of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA, 2011).

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DU @ NAFSA 2022 & Contact

A Guide to DU for NAFSA 2022 Attendees


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Past Internationalization Summits

2019: Decolonizing Internationalization: Critical Views on International Education & Global Narratives of Nationalism

Keynote speakers: 

  • Deepak Unnikrishnan, Author (Temporary People), New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Professor Langa Khumalo, University of KwaZulu-Natal
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2018: What’s with a border? Inter/national engagement in a troubled world

Keynote speakers:

  • Armando Vazquez-Ramos, California State University
  • Norma Zondo, University of KwaZulu-Natal
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2017: Refugees, Migration and the Internationalization of Higher Education

Keynote speakers:

  • Rasha Faek, Al-Fanar Media
  • Masha Gessen, Journalist and Author
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2016: Cultivating Multiple Perspectives at Home and Abroad

Keynote speaker:

  • Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, NPR International Correspondent
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2015: Internationalization @ Home

Keynote speaker:

  • David Fearn, University of Glasgow
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2014: Defining Internationalization for DU

Keynote speaker:

  • Richard Stenelo, Lund University
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