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Internationalization Summit

Internationalization Summit 18 

The 5th Annual Internationalization Summit:

"What's with a border? Inter/national engagement in a troubled world"

Download full program & schedule here 

Online registration is closed. If you miss online registration, you may register onsite upon arrival to the Summit. There will be a table in front of AAC 290 during the Opening Session and a registration table in Sie Complex during the day's sessions. 

THURSDAY, 12 APRIL 2018 - Pre-Summit Workshops & events

The day is dedicated to providing Internationalization Summit participants with hands-on activities and workshops that approach various issues in internationalization and higher education. The day will end with a variety of optional events, including an evening lecture, a film screening, and a reception. As workshops and events are finalized, they will appear below. The complete Pre-Summit Workshop & Events schedule will be available in March 2018. 

Workshops & Events Schedule for 12 April 2018

Education Abroad and Disability Support Workshop, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, International House

Doors open at 8:30 am. The workshop is 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Light Breakfast will be provided.

This interactive session will be presented by MIUSA (Mobility International) and will feature learning topics such as:

  • Best Practices for advising students with disabilities
  • Best Practices for building institutional commitment for study abroad disability support
  • Best Practices for collaboration between Disability Services Programs (DSP) and Education Abroad (EA) offices.

This workshop is open to all education abroad and disability service professionals, students, and faculty interested in disability rights and study abroad.

#RaceMatters: Global Access and Equity in Higher Education, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, Forum (room 1020) in the Sie Complex

"Governments use national legislative frameworks to foster equity and affordability in higher education, but few countries guarantee universal access”(GEM, 2017, p. 19). This session will explore issues about access and equity in higher education in relation to racial-equity, ethnic-minority and affirmative action global policies. Experts from Brazil, Cuba, The Netherlands and South Africa, will share their international perspectives on the larger policy discourse towards equity-affirming regulations within higher education. This session will benefit higher education institutions, faculty, staff, students and policy stakeholders who can comparatively learn from and develop best practices to promote access and equity initiatives for all students in higher education.

Creating Inclusive Learning Environments: The Global Relevance of Critical and Inclusive Pedagogies, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, Forum (room 1020) in the Sie Complex

With the rise in global learning and international education, the impetus for creating more inclusive learning environments have become an imperative for higher education institutions. This session targets students, faculty and staff with the aim of sharing dialogic praxis from critical and inclusive pedagogies. The presenters will highlight and explore various areas of critical and inclusive pedagogies in a global and diverse context for face-to- face and online learning. Participants will receive practical learning tools and resources on how to enhance teaching and learning experiences in the classroom through a critical lens.

Exploring Global Citizenship: the University of Denver's coursework tied to the study abroad experience, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, International House

After several years as a pilot project, DU has implemented a 2-credit required course for students who intend on studying abroad through the Office of International Education. The course serves over 700 students annually supported by a faculty oversight committee, a course coordinator and 14 instructors. This session presents the rationale and research supporting the development of this curriculum offered by the Office of Internationalization as well as a summary of the course learning outcomes, content and assessment.

Film Screening & Panel Discussion: Human Flow, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Forum (room 1020) in the Sie Complex

More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change, and war; the greatest displacement since World War II. Filmmaker, activist, artist, and asylum seeker, Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of this migration crisis and its profoundly personal impact through his latest documentary "Human Flow". Over the course of one year, Weiwei follows a chain of urgent human journeys that stretch across the globe, including Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, and Mexico. Graduate students from the Child, Family and School Psychology program in the Morgridge College of Education, along with Community Navigators from the Colorado African Organization will show clips from the movie and discuss implications for addressing this global crisis. Audience participation will be encouraged and international, national, and local advocacy resources will be shared.

Friday, 13 April 2018 - Internationalization Summit & CultureFest 

8:00 am - 3:35 pm, Internationalization Summit
The Internationalization Summit is a full day of sessions surrounding pressing issues in Internationalization. The sessions tend to be interactive and audience participation is encouraged. Lunch is provided along with a lecture from the Summit's keynote speaker.

Sessions are organized by the following interest group acronyms: 

  • CI = Campus Internationalization
  • ECDH = Engaging Cultural Diversity at Home
  • IE = International Education
  • IS= Internationalized Scholarship
  • TCP = Teaching, Curriculum and Pedagogy

Download detailed version of the program, including presenters and abstracts, here.

Opening Remarks - 8:30-9:00 am

Challenges Facing Higher Education in South Africa - What are the Implications for Internationalization

Normah Zondo; Acting Executive Director, Corporate Relations Division, University Of Kwazulu-Natal
Anderson Academic Commons, Room 290
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Morning Session 1 - 9:10-10:00 am

CI-Dissolving the Invisible Barrier: International and Domestic Student Engagement on the DU Campus
SIE 1150

CI- Perspectives from Domestic Women of Color in International Education - Faculty and Research
SIE 1108

ECDH- Introducing a New Tool for Assessing the Ability to Counsel Refugees
SIE 2115

IE- Dual Session: English Teaching as an "In": Asking the Right Questions & Tandem at DU: How Language Sharing is Blurring Borders
SIE 2015

IE- Policy Frameworks and Strategies in International Higher Education
SIE 3015

ECDH- Building Community Support for International Learning
SIE 3110

Morning Session 2 - 10:10-11:00 am

CI- Empowering Multicultural Students in Politicized Educational Environments
SIE 1150

ECDH- Learning and Standing in Solidarity with Border Crossers [CLAC]
SIE 1108

IE- For a New Ethos of Internationalization in Higher Education or How Curricula Development and International Research Consortia Can Deconstruct Borders of Hatred and (In)difference
SIE 2015

IE- What’s with a Border? Cross-border Engagements and Challenges in Iraqi Higher Education
SIE 2115

IS- Day Zero and the “Wet” Prince of Bel-Air: International Lessons in Water Scarcity
SIE 3015

TCP- English for STEM/Engineers: Informational Visit to Lund University
SIE 3110

Morning Session 3 - 11:10-12:00 pm

CI- Xenophobia and Internalized Xenophobia
SIE 1150

IE- How Can Understanding Student Engagement Help Address Disproportionality in High School Graduation Rates Internationally and in the US?
SIE 2115

IS- Research Workshops to Foster International Collaboration
SIE 2015

TCP- Just Sustainabilities: The Role of Higher Education in Creating a Sustainable Future
SIE 3015

TCP- Access to Global Knowledge: An Issue of Equity in the Era of Global Change
SIE 1108

Lunch & Keynote - 12:10-1:30 pm
American Dreamers and DACA's Murky Future: The Borders Within

Armando Vazquez-Ramos; Faculty; CSULB Chicano and Latino Studies & President & CEO, California-Mexico Studies Center, Inc.

Driscoll Ballroom
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Afternoon Session 4 - 1:45-2:35 pm

CI- Internationalization at DU Today: Challenges and Opportunities
SIE 1150

ECDH- How Globalization Destroyed LGBT Identity in South America and How Decolonialization is Bringing It Back
SIE 1108

IS- Genocide: The Role of Nationalism and Propaganda
SIE 2115

IE- UCCS Service Learning Reflections: Shared Narratives of Migration and Lives of Our Mayan Hosts
SIE 3110

TCP- Water Knows No Borders: Bringing International Water Resource Issues to the DU Classroom
SIE 2015

Afternoon Session 5 - 2:45-3:35 pm

CI- Higher Education, Grand Challenges, and Transcending Borders
SIE 1150

ECDH - Listening Across Borders: fostering community and connectedness through dialogue
SIE 2115

ECDH- Best Practices for Supporting Refugee Students in Higher Education
SIE 3110

IE- Engineers In Development: Transforming the Institutional and Geographic Boundaries of Engineering to Create Globally Engaged, Socially Just Engineers
SIE 1108

IS- Understanding International Futures and the Prospects for African Development
SIE 3015

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, CultureFest
After the Summit concludes, participants are encouraged to attend CultureFest, a yearly celebration of international culture on campus organized by DU's International Student Association and the Office of Internationalization. More information here

The complete schedule for both CultureFest and the Internationalization Summit will be available in March 2018. 


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