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 Internationalization Summit - April 14, 2017

April 14th, 2017 Internationalization Summit

Online registration is now closed. You are welcome to register on-site on April 14 in Ruffatto Commons.



Pre-Summit Workshops, Thursday, April 13, 2017

Innovating Internationalization – A Design Thinking Workshop

9:00 am to 12:00 pm, International House Dining Room

The premise of Design Thinking is that we can find better solutions to complex challenges by tapping into capacities we all have but that are overlooked by more conventional problem-solving practices. This 3-hour workshop introduces the key concepts of Design Thinking to non-Designers and empowers them with a 5 step Design Thinking process that they can apply to many challenges. In the workshop, we will work to solve a real-world higher education challenge by going through the process in teams. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend.

Ecotonos - An Interactive and Task-Oriented Intercultural Simulation

1:00 to 3:00 pm, International House Dining Room

Cultural simulations are one of the most effective ways to experience and reflect on how deep and hidden cultural differences really are. This simulation is highly engaging and will challenge you to think and behave in new ways, while providing the understanding and tools to more effectively communicate across cultures. The activity will last 2 hours and all DU community members (students, faculty, and staff) are encouraged to attend.

International Programming – How to Address Health, Safety, and Security in your Program Proposal

2:00 to 3:00 pm, Sturm Hall 254

This session will focus on best practices and resources for implementing health, safety, and security provisions into your international program design. Proper preparation can help to mitigate the risks of travelers, fulfill your Duty of Care, comply with University policy, and protect the University’s reputation. We will discuss the program approval process, staff training, student preparation, vetting of vendors, and crisis management. In small groups, we will evaluate several program proposal case studies, determine effective strategies to address challenges, and outline available resources. By the end of the session, participants should have information and resources available to be able to submit an international program proposal while easily addressing health, safety, and security requirements.

U.S. Immigration Patterns Over Time - Colorado's International Student Population and Internationalization of Higher Education

3:00 to 4:30 pm, Sturm Hall 254

How does the creation of a welcoming campus climate for international students allow for meaningful engagement with their domestic peers? This informal workshop will provide insight into where international students are from and suggest ways to encourage co-creation of programming for campus and the greater DU community as a pathway to Internationalization at Home.

Opening Reception & Talk, THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017

Opening Reception Speaker: Masha Gessen
Masha Gessen

Anderson Academic Commons,
Special Events Room 290
6:00 pm, Thursday, 13 April 2017

Reception with light refreshments begins at 6:00 pm followed by Masha Gessen's talk at 6:30 pm.


Masha Gessen is a Russian and American journalist, the author of ten books of nonfiction, including the 2012 bestseller The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin and, most recently, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia (coming from Riverhead in October). She is a contributing opinion writer to The New York Times and a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books as well as Harper's, The New Yorker, and other publications. She has been a Nieman Fellow and a Carnegie Millennial Fellow, among other awards and honors. She serves as vice president of PEN America. She has spent most of her life living in Moscow, but now makes her home in New York City.

Friday, 14 April 2017 - Program 

8:00 am - Registration & Breakfast

Ruffatto Commons, 106
Registration begins at 8:00 am. A continental breakfast will be available in Ruffatto Commons.

8:15 - 8:45 am - Opening Remarks

Ruffatto Commons, 106
Welcome and opening remarks from Dr. Amy Rell, Professor and Dean of Global Education at Regis University.

8:55 - 9:45 am - Session 1

Ruffatto Hall, 122
CI-Scholar Rescue: The Role of Universities in Protecting the Vulnerable and Fostering Knowledge

Ruffatto Hall, 202
ECDH-An Interdepartmental Collaborative Effort to Develop Civic-Minded Students

Ruffatto Hall, 204
IE- Internship Experience at a French Refugee Asylum & Navadarshanam: A New Vision on Development and Education

Ruffatto Hall, 302
TCP- Motivation in a Diverse Classroom

Ruffatto Hall, 306
CI- Factors of Engagement of International Students

Ruffatto Hall, Mountain View (401)
TCP- Experiential Learning about Immigration on the US-Mexico Border

10:00 - 10:50 am - Session 2

Ruffatto Hall, 122
ECDH- Higher Education and Surviving the Executive Orders

Ruffatto Hall, 202
CI- The Stakeholder Approach: Refugees and the Internationalization of Higher Education at UCCS

Ruffatto Hall, 204
IE- Internationalization, Empowerment, and the Impact of Culture on Education

Ruffatto Hall, 302
TCP- Learning Side by Side: Middle Eastern Students Experience in Higher Education

Ruffatto Hall, 306
CI- Facilitating Integration in Internationally-Diverse Classrooms

Ruffatto Hall Mountain View (401)
TCP- Activities for Debunking American Immigration Myths and Using Immigration Photos in the Classroom

11:05 - 11:55 am - Session 3

Ruffatto Commons, 106
CI- Poster Session: Selected Case Studies on Refugees, Migration and Higher Education

Ruffatto Hall, 122
ECDH-Developing Intercultural Competence at Home: Reflections on Community Engaged Research

Ruffatto Hall, 202
IE- The Voice from Refugees: Toward a Global Support

Ruffatto Hall, 204
IE- Casual Observers: Perspectives on Community, Culture and Communication After Studying Abroad

Ruffatto Hall, 302
TCP- Integrating International Experiences in the Classroom

Ruffatto Hall, 306
RES-Impact of International Research in Science

12:10 - 1:30 pm - Keynote Address & Lunch

Driscoll Ballroom
Internationalization of Education for the Sake of both Development and Humanity
Lunch will be served in the Driscoll Ballroom with a keynote address from Syrian Journalist, Rasha Faek. Attendees must be registered to attend the lunch.

1:45 - 2:35 pm - Session 4

Ruffatto Hall, 122
TCP- Fake News, Immigration Policy & the Politics of Information

Ruffatto Hall, 204
TCP- Language Skills in Preparing for Work in a World of Increasing Migration

Ruffatto Hall, 302
CI- DU International Students Voices: Experiences and Impacts

Ruffatto Hall, 306
CI- Global Inclusion in HRE: How housing professionals are engaging the trend of internationalization on campus & Lund University: Student Housing Strategic Partnership

Ruffatto Hall Mountain View (401)
ECDH- Korbel Asylum Project

Ruffatto Hall, Board Room (105)
IE- LGBTI Refugee Protection in Jordan: An Analysis of Western Humanitarianism's Impact in Jordan

2:50 - 4:30 pm - Session 5

Note that sessions during this time are 100 minutes.

Ruffatto, 122
IE-Promoting Well-Being with the International Student Group & The Voice from International Students: Toward a Globalized Mentoring

Ruffatto, 202
ECDH - The Privilege of Citizenship: Keys to Dialogue with Latino Immigrants in the University

Ruffatto, 204
ECDH- DU, Refugees, and You: Breaking Down Silos and Engaging Effectively to Support the Refugee Community at Home and Abroad

Ruffatto Hall, 302
CI- High-Impact Innovation in Internationalization: Creating synergies that work

4:00 - 7:00 pm - CultureFest

The Driscoll Student Center
Join us for CultureFest, a DU tradition for over 30 years, where we celebrate the diversity of the DU community. Everyone has culture – from the sports we play, the music we listen to and our shared and individual experiences. Visit CultureFest's page for more information.

7:00 pm - Meydan Middle East Film Series Screening - Vizontele Tuuba

Reiman Theater—Margery Reed Hall
Join us for a screening and post-film discussion of the Turkish film,  Vizontele Tuuba. For more information about the film and the Meydan Middle East Film Series, see here

Saturday, 15 April 2017

12:00 - 2:00 pm - DU and Refugee Community Welcome Lunch

Please join us in welcoming recently resettled refugees and their families to the University of Denver campus. We welcome you to bring your families too as we open our campus to our newest neighbors for lunch and a few hours of good conversation, food, and friendship. The event will be hosted by the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in collaboration with the No Lost Generation student group and support from the University of Denver’s Office of Special Programs and the Office of Internationalization. RSVP is required.



All Summit sessions will take place in Ruffatto Hall located at 1999 E Evans Ave on the University of Denver campus. The lunch and keynote will be held in the Driscoll  Ballroom, located within Driscoll North. Campus Map


 Arriving to Campus: If you are coming from off campus, we encourage you to take public transportation. The University of Denver campus is served by Light Rail lines E, F, and H at the station at the north end of campus. Internationalization Summit attendees may also use bus lines 24 and 21, which have stops along Evans Avenue and University Boulevard. For those driving, please refer to the Summit parking map to locate the paid campus lots most convenient to Ruffatto Hall where the summit will take place (lunch will be in the Driscoll Ballroom). If you are a DU Faculty, Staff, or Student, we encourage you to park in your designated location.


If you are interested in volunteering the day of the Summit, please let us know by filling out this registration form. We will follow up with you to confirm your participation as a volunteer.