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Each year the U.S. State Department, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, organizes a week of events that celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The goal of this joint initiative is to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

This year's theme, "The Future Is..." explores the many ways that international education is driving us into the future.

At JMU, we are marking IEW by hosting learning opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to get more involved.

Remarks from Secretary Blinken
Open Doors Report
  • Date: Monday, November 13

Open Doors is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities.

Connecting Classrooms Across Borders: Exploring the Potential of Global Virtual Exchange
  • Date: Monday, November 13
  • Time: 3pm
  • Location: Zoom Registration
  • Panelists: Ángel García, Department of Geology and Environmental Science, Diana Meza, Department of Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities, and Félix Wang, Honors College.

Are you curious about how to incorporate global engagement opportunities in your classroom? Please join us for a panel discussion and explore innovative ways to foster intercultural appreciation and understanding through the pedagogy of global virtual exchange. This event is co-hosted by CGE and the Honors College.

IEW Global Virtual Exchange
Hiring International Faculty/Staff at JMU
  • Date: Monday, November 13
  • Time: 4pm
  • Location: CGE Large Conference Room, HYH 2069

Join Jon Kratz, the Director of International Student & Scholar Services, to learn about the hiring process for international faculty/staff, including the different visa status, and employment based Permanent Residency.

Boren Awards Infor Session
  • Date: Tuesday, November 14
  • Time: 11am - 12:30pm
  • Location: CGE Classroom, HYH 2001
Join Michael Saffle, Program Manager, Boren Awards, and Leslie Pusey, Assistant Director, STAIR for an info session about the Boren Awards. The Boren Awards are an initiative for the Defense Language and National Security Education Office, providing up to $25,000 scholarship to undergraduate and graduate students who study abroad with a specific focus on language learning. Students of all language proficiency levels are welcome.
Boren Awards Info Session
Fulbright Scholar Program Info Session

Dr. Michelle Cude, Professor of Education, College of Education & Fulbright Consultant for Faculty, Center for Global Engagement

Explore opportunities for JMU faculty to go abroad with the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program . With more than 400 awards annually in over 135 countries to teach, conduct research, and carry out professional projects, find the right Fulbright opportunity for you. Whether you are just casually thinking about it for “someday,” or you are ready to apply, this interactive workshop can help answer questions and prepare you to make decisions about your Fulbright opportunities.

Fulbright Scholar Program
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dawn Whitehead
  • Global Learning: Preparing Students for Life, Work, and Citizenship  
  • Date: Wednesday, November 15
  • Time: Lunch starts at 12:00, Keynote is from 12:30 - 1:30pm
  • Location: Hall of Presidents, D-Hall

Dr. Dawn Michele Whitehead is the Vice President of the Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers at the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). The field of higher education has been challenged to become more equitable, aware, and responsive to the intersections of global and local realities over the past few years. This has elevated the importance of global learning while also inspiring a rethinking long-standing practices and approaches to addressing global challenges. How should students be prepared for the new realities of work, life, and citizenship in this interconnected world? This may require a disruption in the way things have been done, from the types of curricular and co-curricular experiences to engagement of more faculty, staff, and students in a variety of global learning opportunities.

Unlocking the Power of Study Abroad through College of Business and Global Learning Perspectives
  • Date: Thursday, November 16
  • Time: 1 - 2pm
  • Location: Hartman Hall Forum, Room 2021
  • Panelists: Dr. Tony Kim, Associate Professor, Hart School, Carey Cole, Senior Lecturer, CIS, and Dr. Ping Wang, Professor, CIS.

This session will explore developing students' global perspectives in study abroad programs, with a specific focus on College of Business aspects. Faculty members will share their strategies and best practices in designing study abroad programs to achieve both discipline-specific and global learning outcomes.


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