Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference

The biannual Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference showcases current programs, research, and initiatives to internationalize the curriculum and campus at the University of Minnesota. The conference is free and open to all University of Minnesota staff, faculty, and students interested in internationalizing the curriculum and campus.

2020 Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference: Leap Into Global Learning

February 28, 2020
8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: Humphrey School
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Free to all U of M faculty, staff, and students

Registration is now closed.

Conference Schedule

8:15–8:50 a.m. — Registration and Breakfast

Breakfast will be served beginning at 8:15 a.m. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and will remain open all day in the Humphrey Atrium.

8:50–9:50 a.m. — Concurrent Session 1

Humphrey 180 (Johnson)

Sustainable Curiosity
Presenters: Thorunn Bjarnadottir, International Student and Scholar Services, Twin Cities; Donna Hurford, Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Southern Denmark
Don’t we want today’s youth to retain ‘sustainable curiosity’, pushing the boundaries towards new and innovative learning on sustainable development and global citizenship? How does current university education foster sustainable curiosity and what might it look like in practice? Or must university students break the mold and find their own ways of pursuing sustainable curiosity? In this session, the presenters will introduce you to teachers at universities in both the U.S and Scandinavia who are promoting sustainable curiosity in their programs and share feedback from their students. Participants will hear stories about university students pursuing sustainable curiosity, including a U.S. student studying in the Netherlands. Finally, participants will be invited to identify factors which contribute to inspiring students’ sustainable curiosity about the world and each other.


Cowles Auditorium

Techniques for Enhancing Learning Abroad
Presenters: Christine Anderson, Martha Johnson, Kim Hindbjorgen, and Amy Garwood-Diaz, Learning Abroad Center, Twin Cities
This session provides specific examples and guidance for creating education abroad experiences that optimize student satisfaction and learning outcomes. The presenters will explore four main topics, including intercultural learning through an online platform; diversity and inclusion from a U.S. and host country perspective; intentional career skill development before, during and after going abroad; and holistic experiential learning for competencies gains.


Humphrey 15

International Student Voices: Effective Academic Support for International Students
Presenters: Drew Smith, Charles Dania, Alex Cleberg, and student panel, International Student and Scholar Services, Twin Cities
Many international students come from education systems and cultures that are often different from those in the U.S., which can impact their academic experience. Since 2013, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) on the Twin Cities Campus has had dedicated Academic Counselors for international undergraduate students. During this presentation, the ISSS Academic Counselors will highlight data on the international student academic experience and give a brief overview of their approach, including how they have adapted to meet international student needs. An international undergraduate student panel then will discuss their experiences with academic and cultural challenges, strategies for success, and recommendations for faculty and staff. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to the panel and discuss strategies that they can apply in their own work.


Humphrey 215 (Wilkins)

This session will feature two presentations that explore issues of inclusivity and challenging dominant narratives within the classroom.

Towards a More Heterogeneous and Just Curriculum
Presenter: Hilary Kowino, College of Liberal Arts, Duluth
During this presentation, the presenter will draw on two English courses to advance a more heterogeneous and just curriculum by giving voice to obliterated legacies, cultures, and traditions. It departs from the hegemonic practice of marginalizing and silencing differences in an effort to celebrate counternarratives and diverse epistemologies. In keeping with our collective goal of internationalizing the curriculum and campus, the project inspires us to appreciate crossing our boundaries and rewriting master narratives as progressive ways of being in the world.

Legitimacy of Teaching "Insider's" Discourse by "Outsiders"
Presenters: Elizabethada Wright and Asmita Ghimire, College of Liberal Arts, Duluth
As the first-year composition curriculum becomes directed towards inclusivity and democracy, Non-Native Speaking Teachers (NNEST) of writing claim their voices are underrepresented, as their qualifications are questioned. Considering Adler-Kassner and Wardle’s understanding of threshold concepts for writing, this presentation will explore ways in which NNEST of writing can enhance the teaching of writing. The presenters argue that NNEST teachers can help students with ways of thinking, understanding identity, considering culture, and approaching revision. NNEST of writing can also offer perspectives to students that are essential to the twenty-first century classroom.

10:00–11:00 a.m. — Concurrent Session 2

Humphrey 180 (Johnson)

Internationalization of the U of M: Working With Non-U.S. Citizen Students
Presenters: Mark Karon and Chelsea Flaherty, Student Legal Services, Twin Cities
The presentation will serve as a primer on working with, advising and addressing legal concerns international students face. The international student population creates diversity on campus, improves the reputation of America abroad, and assists in the creation, development and fostering of future beneficial relationships. International students must adapt to and comply with the laws of the United States, the State of Minnesota and all rules and regulations. In this session, presenters will discuss visas, requirements and limitations, and allow attendees to learn key immigration law, policy and concepts that impact international students. Attendees will then have the opportunity to engage in small group discussion on hypothetical scenarios relating to common issues international students often face.


Cowles Auditorium

This session will feature two presentations on building and sustaining international partnerships.

Creating International Partnerships to Prevent Pandemic Disease Threats
Presenters: Ian Allen and Katey Pelican, College of Veterinary Medicine, Twin Cities
Recent and ongoing emerging infectious disease threats have demonstrated a need for health workforces that not only have proficiency in their own technical area, but that can also work across disciplines and sectors to control outbreaks on a global scale. For the past decade, the University of Minnesota, through the USAID One Health Workforce project, has been a global leader in educating and training health workforces on the One Health concept––a collaborative, multisectoral, and transdisciplinary approach with the goal of achieving optimal health outcomes and recognizing the intrinsic connections between people, animals, and the environment. This presentation will reflect on ten years of building international partnerships with over 80 universities in Africa and Southeast Asia. The presenters will outline how the University of Minnesota has trained thousands of faculty, students, and in-service professionals in these regions while at the same time providing opportunities for faculty and staff in Minnesota to become global thought leaders.

Building Bridges, Shaping Minds — The Role of Global South Partners in Internationalization Narratives
Presenters: Christopher Johnstone and Aruna Raman, College of Education and Human Development, Twin Cities
This presentation unpacks the role and primacy of Global South partners in enriching the narrative of internationalization. Through the case study of the Acara program, characterized by successful internationalization models and deep engagement with Global South partners, the discussion will focus on the varying roles of such partners in the learning process and outcomes of international experiential learning programs - design, curriculum, pedagogy development, teaching, and program implementation. Related discourses will examine the role of the Grand Challenges framework on co-opting diverse stakeholders (including those from the Global South) into student learning process and outcomes.


Humphrey 215 (Wilkins)

Is Intercultural Inclusion Really Possible? Perspectives from Neuroscience
Presenters: Yuliya Kartoshkina, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, Twin Cities and Paula Pedersen, Chancellor’s Office, Duluth
This interactive session is designed to familiarize the audience with the mechanisms in our brains that prevent us from being interculturally inclusive as well as those that make such inclusion possible. The presenters will include a brief summary of recent findings from cultural and educational neuroscience as well as an introduction to practical strategies that participants can include in their everyday practices.


Humphrey 15

COIL — A Global Experience for Everyone
Presenters: Jeff Lindgren, Center for Educational Innovation, System-wide; Abimbola Asojo, College of Design, Twin Cities; David Syring, College of Liberal Arts, Duluth; Marzell Gray, College of Education Health Science Professionals, Duluth
Would you like students in your class to have authentic international learning experiences with students from across the globe? And for your students in your class to co-create a project with students from another classroom in a different country? Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is a way to create such experiences for your students, by co-creating virtual international learning experiences with a faculty partner from a university in another country. This faculty panel will describe their “COILed” courses, explain how to get started, discuss how to overcome various challenges, and share about the impact that COIL had on their students. Attendees will receive references and resources that will help them learn more about COIL and take next steps for those who are interested.


Humphrey 186

In this session, two presentations will focus on accessibility, overcoming obstacles and promoting inclusion in learning abroad.

Innovations in Financial Literacy and Funding for Learning Abroad
Presenters: Scott Daby and Kelley Redmond, Learning Abroad Center, Twin Cities; Rose Simon, President’s Emerging Scholars Program, Twin Cities
Learning abroad is a significant financial investment for students, and students can find it challenging at times to understand the full cost of studying abroad as well as the range of funding sources available to them. This session will explore strategies developed on the UMTC campus to help students improve their financial literacy when planning their learning abroad experience. The presenters will discuss ideas for making learning abroad more accessible through the creation of new scholarships as well as increasing students' awareness of study abroad funding sources.

Access for All — Version 2.0
Presenters: Zach Mohs and Peggy Retka, Learning Abroad Center, Twin Cities; Molly Giffin and Rachel Anderson, Disability Resource Center, Twin Cities
Studying abroad is a unique opportunity for students to gain insight into our world that can have a long-lasting impact on their lives. By proactively addressing the nuanced barriers that students with disabilities might experience while studying abroad, we aim to provide better access for all students. In this work, it is important to address both apparent (physical) and non-apparent (cognitive/emotional) disabilities. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) and Learning Abroad Center (LAC) have collaborated this year to refresh the accommodations process, originally designed over 20 years ago. In addition, the U of M has committed to hiring a mental health specialist to support students abroad. This presentation will highlight these initiatives designed to increase accessibility and improve efficiency to better support students with both apparent and non-apparent disabilities.

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. — Concurrent Session 3

Humphrey 180 (Johnson)

Enhancing Your Intercultural Toolkit
Alex Cleberg, International Student & Scholar Services, Twin Cities
This interactive session will offer the opportunity for participants to learn about a variety of conflict styles and to consider how these conflict styles apply in their own personal and professional contexts. Participants will engage in an activity to understand and assess conflict styles and will come away with a better understanding of their own style. The session will also offer the chance to use a specific method for facilitating a learning and assessment activity.


Cowles Auditorium

In this session, two presentations will highlight innovative programs and pedagogies that foster community collaboration and partnerships to enhance student learning.

The Mapping Resilience Project – Infusing Digital Storytelling into Design Education
Presenter: Tasoulla Hadjiyanni, College of Design, Twin Cities
Projections show that by 2040, almost half of Minnesota’s population will be people of color and much of that growth will come from international immigrants. As the cultural landscape of our cities diversifies, so must the ways of knowing and engaging communities that design educators employ. This paper shares The Mapping Resilience Project, a collection of digital stories created by students in the course Design and Globalization. In teams, students use interviews with immigrant and minority community members, historical archives, music, sound, script writing, and imagery to tell the story of places and of the people who work and live in the Greater MSP region--from Hmong-owned hair salons to Polish and Mexican markets. Through community engagement, students increase their understanding of the role design plays in the production of inequality and marginalization. The repository of lived experiences that results can reveal insights that could remain hidden through conventional pedagogical approaches.

Cultural Entrepreneurship as an Internationalization, Knowledge Transfer and Economic Development Tool
Presenter: Olaf Kuhlke, College of Liberal Arts, Duluth
In this session, the presenter will share his work as the founder of the University of Minnesota, Duluth’s unique BA program in Cultural Entrepreneurship. The program represents an example of the University of Minnesota's efforts to conduct community-engaged, co-created and collaborative internationalization work in the area of economic development. The presenter will share how and why universities can and should integrate the work with urban and remote overseas communities into their existing internationalization strategies, including classroom work. Participants will learn how the Cultural Entrepreneurship program built strategic partnerships with communities, stakeholders and large NGOs to implement both research and outreach work that transfers UM research and knowledge to international partners, while at the same time providing opportunities for internationalizing classroom work within the UM system.


Humphrey 215 (Wilkins)

Complicating Case Studies with Culture
Presenters: Lauren Dickinson, Stacy Doepner-Hove and Clay Forester, Carlson School of Management, Twin Cities
Do you teach using case studies? Bring a case study from your discipline to this session and develop a new way to teach it! In this session, presenters will start with a short lecture introducing the Cultural Intelligence (CQ) model and a set of cultural values. Next, they will share creative ways that they have used this content to deepen discussion and learning related to case studies; one of the presenters uses cultural values in teaching Human Resources and another uses them with Accounting cases. The presenters hope that this session will be both informative and practical, presenting a new spin on content many of us have been using for years.


Humphrey 15

Exploring Globalization as a Component of Leadership Development
Presenter: Maggie McKenny Harris, Leadership Minor, Twin Cities
Academic dialogue is rife with thoughts about the need for a global mindset, particularly with regard to leadership development. Understanding the complexities of globalization and the concept of global citizenship as it pertains to students is critical to the development of our future leaders. Through the lens of the Leadership Minor at the University of Minnesota, this session will explore the proven need for, and inherent challenges connected to the charge of educating for global citizenship. This dynamic and interactive session will explore our efforts to inspire lifelong global learning and engagement. We will collaboratively share about the social change model and how it supports our global citizenship curriculum, as well as the "learning away" opportunities that are offered to our students.


Humphrey 186

This session will feature two presentations showcasing various uses of technology to provide information in creative and engaging ways to enhance campus internationalization.

Avatars Engage Gen Z
Presenters: Emily Newhall and Ilya Kravchik, Learning Abroad Center, Twin Cities
Learn about the philosophy behind creating avatars based on 12 Jungian archetypes. We began with one avatar, Alex. Alex represents every student seeking an international experience. They are a racially ambiguous and gender neutral student. They were designed to resonate with our on-campus target audience, members of Generation Z, who are a racially diverse group accepting of gender fluidity. Alex sports UofM colors, the UofM Block M logo, and university student style. They incorporate a 2D, or flat, style to match current design and video game trends. Listen to the analysis of current trends regarding Generation Z and the implication of avatars in promotional materials to engage students in more innovative ways. We will showcase projects that have strengthened and cohered the Learning Abroad Center brand, as well as represented and introduced all undergraduates to study abroad.

How One Video Enhanced Internationalization of Campus Climate
Presenters: Jenny Porter, Orientation & Transition Experiences, Twin Cities; Nasreen Mohamed, International Student & Scholar Services, Twin Cities
Campus internationalization efforts have often assumed that simply having a diverse student body will result in adequately meeting the goals of equity, diversity, and internationalization. Another implicit assumption within the internationalization framework is that international students, by their mere presence, will fulfill this goal for the larger campus. Data has shown that international students attending the University of Minnesota report reduced levels of satisfaction with campus climate. In order to ensure that all students, domestic students included, understand the goal of internationalization and its importance to their education, we implemented a video project that would communicate the importance of engaging across difference. Attend this session to understand how one video enhanced the internationalization of campus climate. We will discuss the original intention of the video, the content development process, and how the video has influenced the conversation on campus climate.

12:15–1:00 p.m. — Lunch and Welcome

Humphrey Atrium

Please join us for lunch and a brief program in the Humphrey Atrium. Remarks will begin around 12:30.

Welcome: Gayle Woodruff, Director, system-wide, Curriculum and Campus Internationalization

Keynote Remarks: Esmira Alieva, ‘19, Economics and Management, UM Morris

Esmira Alieva headshotEsmira Alieva is an alumna of the University of Minnesota Morris who has been dedicated to promoting international social justice among students. In 2019, she received the UM Mestenhauser Student Award for Excellence in Campus Internationalization and the UM Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity Award. Throughout her studies, Esmira, an international student from Uzbekistan, has shown a high level of engagement in the University of Minnesota Morris community, served many leadership roles, and created opportunities for students to engage with one another across difference. In fall 2018, Esmira gathered a group of student organizations to create a 9/11 memorial display and created an environment that promoted peace, trust, and unity among students. As the co-founder of the Muslim Student Association (MSA), Esmira brought together leaders from multiple student organizations to collaborate on programming related to diversity and inclusion. Esmira earned her B.A. in Economics and Organizational and Financial Management.

Call to Action: Meredith McQuaid, Associate Vice President and Dean of International Programs

1:00–2:00 p.m. — Poster Fair with Presenters (Posters can be viewed all day)

Humphrey Forum: Room 105

Posters will be available for viewing during all of the conference. Presentations will take place from 1:00–2:00 p.m.

  1. CARLA's Global Impact on Improving Language Teaching and Learning
    Presenters: Kate Paesani and Karin Larson, Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA), Twin Cities
  2. Center for Writing’s League of Extraordinary Consultants
    Presenters: Sarah Selz, Susan Knutson, Jennifer Kang, and Sourojit (G) Ghosh, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
  3. Look! It's a consultant! It's a teacher! Wait! It’s a Multilingual Learner Specialist!
    Presenters: Kim Strain, Anne Fretheim, and Kerry Langin, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
  4. Developing Future International Faculty: Diversifying and internationalizing OLLI courses through strategic course creation OLLI Course: 30246 Diverse Voices of Africa (Culture Corps)
    Presenters: Nfamara K. Dampha, College of Food Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, Twin Cities; Antony B. Maikuri, College of Education and Human Development, Twin Cities; Marina Uehara, International Student & Scholar Services, Twin Cities
  5. Global Leaders Internship: Returnee Study Abroad Programming
    Presenters: Whitney Westley Fisher and Maria Wentworth, Learning Abroad Center, Twin Cities
  6. How can you not shout, now that the whispering is done? Accounts of the Enemy in US, Hmong, and Vietnamese Soldiers Reflections on the War
    Presenter: David E. Beard, College of Liberal Arts, Duluth
  7. Innovating Across Cultures in the Creative Economy
    Presenter: Aparna Katre, College of Liberal Arts, Duluth
  8. Intercultural Competence Development Opportunities for Staff at the University of Minnesota
    Presenters: Thorunn Bjarnadottir and Alex Cleberg, International Student & Scholar Services, Twin Cities
  9. Internationalizing Employer Education through Online Learning
    Presenters: Jane Sitter and Raquel Anderson, Career Services Administration, Twin Cities
  10. It Takes a Village: Education Abroad & Career Services Collaborations Promote Career Integration
    Presenters: Deirde Opp and Lisa Novack, Carlson School of Management, Twin Cities
  11. Learning How to Build a Community For and With Global Gophers
    Presenters: Nasreen Mohamed, International Student & Scholar Services, Twin Cities; Wanqi Yang, College of Education and Human Development, Twin Cities; Marina Flores, Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Twin Cities; Feven Ayana, Department of Sociology, Twin Cities
  12. Learning, Reflecting, and Growing: Student Perspectives in a New First Year COIL Seminar
    Presenters: Irene M. Duranczyk, Paul Edwards, Jiayue Chen and Yang Wu, College of Education and Human Development, Twin Cities; Christiana Wilke and Kara Johnson, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities; Ethan Cypull, College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resources Sciences, Twin Cities
  13. Preparing Language Learners for the Global Workforce
    Presenters: Yao Tu, Paulina Crouch, Juliet Paulson and Maddy Koerner, Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Twin Cities
  14. Supporting Multilingual Undergraduates: What the Data Shows Us
    Presenters: David Atterberry, College of Continuing and Professional Studies, Twin Cities, and Joe Fruth, College of Education and Human Development, Twin Cities
  15. U-Credit Abroad Search: An Academic Planning Tool
    Presenters: Kim Hindbjorgen and Alexis Tarter, Learning Abroad Center, Twin Cities; Erin Piper, College of Science and Engineering, Twin Cities
  16. Using Cultural Iceberg to Deepen Global Learning
    Presenter: Christine Bakke, College of Math Science & Technology, Crookston
  17. Utilizing Peer International Students in First-Year Initiatives
    Presenter: Kelly Deutschman, College of Science & Engineering, Twin Cities
  18. Education Abroad Program Leader Health & Safety
    Presenters: Lindsey Lahr, Learning Abroad Center, Twin Cities and Kevin Dostal Dauer, GPS Alliance, Twin Cities
  19. Cross-National Interactions and Outcomes in the Classroom
    Presenters: Barbara Kappler, International Student & Scholar Services, Twin Cities; Christopher Johnstone, College of Education and Human Development, Twin Cities; Gayle Woodruff, GPS Alliance, System-wide
  20. International Student Advisory Board Provides Valuable Campus Insights
    Presenters: Sophronia Cheung, Hanna Sun, June Nobbe, Barbara Kappler, and other student board members, International Student Advisory Board, Twin Cities
  21. Internationalizing the Curriculum for Health Sciences Students
    Presenters: Teresa Henderson Vazquez, Jennifer Wacek and Brian Mondy, Center for Learning Innovation, Rochester
  22. Joint Program Model: Carlson School & Learning Abroad Center Collaborations in Dublin and Barcelona
    Presenters: Kate Terry, Carlson Global Institute, Twin Cities; Jessica Hartnett and Tim Dohmen, Learning Abroad Center, Twin Cities
  23. Homecoming Parade - We Are The Global U!
    Presenters: Ellie Smith, College of Science and Engineering and GPS Alliance, Twin Cities, along with several other students
  24. Cultural Exchange between South America and the USA Through Music
    Presenter: Scotty Horey, Division of the Humanities, Morris
  25. Making Health and Safety Information Less Painful
    Presenters: Madeline Buck and Katie Roos, GPS Alliance, Twin Cities; Sara Schoen, OIT-Academic Technology, Twin Cities
  26. Adaptation of the “The Global Village” to Teacher Education
    Presenter: Ariri Onchwari, College of Education and Human Service Professions, Duluth
  27. A Little Here, a Little There: Introducing Some Non-American Examples and Contexts to Our Curricula
    Presenter: Morrine Omolo, College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences, Twin Cities
  28. The Real Work of Team Work
    Presenter: Hannah Leopold, College of Science and Engineering, Twin Cities
  29. Building K-12 Teacher Capacity in Nepal: CEHD and JEM Foundation Partnership
    Presenters: Bhaskar Upadhyay, Sarah Barksdale, Matthew Vernon, and Marina Aleixo, College of Education and Human Development, Twin Cities

1:50–2:50 p.m. — Concurrent Session 4

Humphrey 180 (Johnson)

Creating Inclusive Classrooms through an Intercultural Pedagogy Community of Practice
Presenters: Insoon Han, Helen Mongan-Rallis, Ariri Onchwari and Nedra Hazareesingh, College of Education and Human Service Professions, Duluth; Paula Pedersen, Chancellor’s Office, Duluth
Higher education institutions are working towards building capacity and sustaining change for inclusive curriculum. To help faculty to more effectively and appropriately teach and learn with diverse students, the University of Minnesota, Duluth has implemented an Intercultural Pedagogy Community of Practice (ICPCP) for four years now. During ICPCP, successes, challenges, questions, and resources relevant to intercultural pedagogy were shared. Presenters in this session will describe the three structural elements of a standard community of practice, which are domain, community, and practice. In addition, presenters will share quantitative and qualitative data collected for the outcomes of the ICPCP. Participants will then have the opportunity to reflect on the needs and resources of their respective institutions, and engage in discussion around the application of community of practices in their institutions.


Cowles Auditorium

This session will feature two presentations on innovations in language learning at the University of Minnesota.

Digital StoryMaps as an Instrument to Internationalize the Language Curriculum
Presenters: Shana Crosson and Adolfo Carrillo Cabello, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
Foreign Language programs in the United States aim to provide students with opportunities to become aware of cultural perspectives of the target languages. In the digital age, the type of resources instructors have to fulfill this task allows for the integration of authentic cultural artifacts in different media. This presentation explores an innovative digital platform that supports the integration of cultural narratives and multimedia artifacts in language tasks that amplify opportunities for developing international perspectives. ESRI StoryMaps are a free, easy-to-learn digital platform that empowers students to create and present digital narratives that incorporate visual and spatial information. Furthermore, StoryMaps increases target audiences for wider dissemination of projects online. Presenters will provide examples of language-based presentational tasks, and research-based projects in other content areas (e.g., history, journalism).

Un salto adelante: Internationalizing Intermediate Spanish
Presenters: Sara Mack and Mandy Menke, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities
Second language classes are often assumed to have an inherent “international” or “global” focus. However, upon closer inspection, many second language classes in U.S. settings follow a model that rests upon hegemonic discourse and communicative frameworks that situate U.S. student culture at the center. This presentation details how these issues were addressed in an intermediate level second language Spanish class using the internationalized teaching and learning (ITL) framework (Clifford 2009; Hovland 2009; Leask 2009; Woodruff, Martin & O’Brien 2013). From a cross-disciplinary perspective, we explore the question of how an internationalized curriculum is defined, what the framework offers language teachers at the individual level, and what benefit it can have at the course and programmatic level. The presentation will include key considerations for effectively integrating the ITL framework in multi-section, multi-instructor contexts as well as share preliminary findings from data gathered in a course organized using the ITL model.


Humphrey 215 (Wilkins)

This session will showcase two presentations on the role of meaningful engagement with global community partners.

Re-Envisioning UMN Partnerships in the Global South
Presenters: Megan Voorhees, Institute on the Environment, Twin Cities; Natasha Wright, College of Science and Engineering, Twin Cities; Aruna Raman, College of Education and Human Development
We invite you to join us for a discussion on how we can more deeply engage with our Global South partners. The panel will share community partner, faculty and staff perspectives on what we have learned from developing year-long partnerships through the Acara (acara.umn.edu) program. These partnerships include funding Global South partners year-round to teach and mentor MN-based courses, to propose research projects, and to develop project-based Learning Abroad courses in which students work on real Grand Challenges that they can continue to advance long-term if they are interested. The discussion will advocate for research funding to develop scholarship in Global South partner engagement. Through case studies of programs with successful internationalization models and deep engagement with Global South partners, this interactive discussion will focus on the varying roles of such partners in the learning process and outcomes of international experiential learning programs - design, curriculum, pedagogy development, teaching, and program implementation.

Global Learning and Research Opportunities for and with Displaced People
Presenters: Natasha Wright, College of Science and Engineering, Twin Cities; Megan Voorhees, Institute on the Environment, Twin Cities; Cheryl Robertson, School of Nursing, Twin Cities; Jane Stockman, Alight
Globally, 1 in every 28 humans is on the move, with over 272 million people migrating in 2019. Over 70 million people are forcibly displaced throughout the world, fleeing their homes due to war, violence, persecution, or disasters. This is the highest number of displaced people ever - twice as many as 20 years ago and more than post WWII numbers. As the world is increasingly mobile – either forced or voluntary – it is important that students and faculty include this reality in their studies and research. Presenting ideas from our first collaboration trip to Rwanda, Kenya, and Somalia, we will map out a growing partnership with Alight, a Minneapolis-based international organization working for and with displaced people in 12 countries. Participants will be invited to brainstorm with us on how global community partnerships can further enhance learning, research, and community development across academic and professional disciplines.


Humphrey 15

This session will feature two presentations on innovative approaches in learning abroad.

Using Technology and Creativity in Study Abroad: A Three Country Comparative Experience
Presenters: Karin Hamilton and Tricia Todd, Pre-Health Student Resource Center, Twin Cities
Come to this session to hear from course designers, leaders, and past students about a novel 3-country comparative approach to study abroad. This approach allows students from two separate classes and global experiences to learn together throughout their time abroad, and then together during seven weeks of class back in Minnesota. The Pre-Health Student Resource Center (PHSRC) has been offering two global health courses that travel to India and Thailand over winter break for several years. Starting in the 2018 academic year, students from both courses joined together in the Spring to compare and contrast their experiences around health and culture in India and Thailand, as well as in the USA. In 2019, the PHSRC teaching team added an additional comparison tool by assigning each student a partner from the other course. During their time abroad, these student pairs shared and compared their experiences through guided reflections and discussions using the Canvas course site.

Outside of the Comfort Zone: Exploring Learning Abroad in Diverse Destinations
Presenters: Jill Reister, Peggy Retka, Jessica Hartnett, and Vanessa Walton, Learning Abroad Center, Twin Cities
The majority of U.S. students who study abroad choose programs in Western Europe or Australia. This session will highlight current research on students who choose diverse destinations in other parts of the world and will dive into qualitative data looking at the motivations of these students. This session also features a panel of learning abroad Program Directors who work with programs in less common locations. We will discuss the characteristics, needs and unique experiences students have when they venture outside of their comfort zone to spend a semester in an underrepresented destination. Panelists will share what it's like working with programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America and will also discuss their experiences working with students who choose to study in these locations. The session will also include ample time for audience Q&A and discussion.

3:00–4:00 p.m. — Concurrent Session 5

Humphrey 180 (Johnson)

A Conversation with International and Domestic Students
Presenters: Ellie Smith, Hansol Jung, and Neetika Tiwari, College of Science and Engineering, Twin Cities; Amy Wegner and Jiayue Chen, College of Education and Human Development, Twin Cities; Luenna Kang, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities; and Pear Tanthavorn, Carlson School of Management, Twin Cities
Join us for this interactive session to hear from a group of international and domestic student leaders. Each of these students has participated in a semester long leadership program aimed at increasing cross-national interactions in undergraduate classrooms. Participants will have the opportunity to hear about their experiences and what it has meant for them, and learn about their ideas and perspectives to help create inclusive and engaging classroom environments. Throughout the session there will be ample time for participants to ask questions and engage in conversation with the students around their areas of interest.


Cowles Auditorium

In this session, two presentations will explore current practices and opportunities to promote student learning and development.

Everyone Has a Seat at the Table: The Village Community Garden and Learning Center
Presenters: Kim Sin, Center for Learning Innovation, Rochester; Student panel featuring Chandi Katoch, Kaonhou Her, Megan Pedersen, Bret Hansen, and Cortney Kokkeler, Rochester
Rochester, Minnesota, has a rich heritage, both in its soil and in the community. The Village Community Garden and Learning Center, a UMR community partner, is a collaborative community garden that promotes the importance of intercultural connections around food and community. Students in this panel will share their experiences as UMR health-science students collaborating in community-based/led agricultural social justice projects that foreground community growth and connectivity via knowledge sharing, engagement across cultures via food, farming, and nutrition, and collective empowerment. The panelists will discuss the importance of community gardening participation in decreasing food insecurity at the local level but also facilitating global community knowledge practices emerging from inter- and intra-cultural connections happening therein. The community consists of a variety of cultures, such as Cambodian, Latinx, Somali, and Hmong. This presentation will be interactive in order to facilitate knowledge sharing.

Learning to Leverage Experiences Abroad: Career Readiness, Internships and Learning Abroad
Presenters: Tim Dohmen, Learning Abroad Center, Twin Cities; Charlene Myers, Career Services, Twin Cities
Since 2016, the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) has put a significant focus on the Career Readiness of its students. This has involved college-wide efforts to bridge the academic and professional by developing a common and recognized language around the concept of competencies where high impact curricular and co-curricular experiences are both valued. At the same time, CLA has also been working to internationalize by increasing awareness and participation by both faculty and students in learning abroad opportunities. This has been an excellent opportunity to make the case for and leverage experiences abroad as a valuable and important curricular and experiential opportunity. This session will overview the ways that CLA has developed strategy, structures and programming in cooperation with the Learning Abroad Center to support the facilitation of career readiness through guided reflection, internships and research.


Humphrey 215 (Wilkins)

During this session, two presentations will address different models and perspectives for understanding global citizenship and faculty development.

Challenging Conceptions of Global Citizenship: Implications for Equitable Education
Presenters: Christopher Johnstone and Kathryn Burden, College of Education and Human Development, Twin Cities
Educating for global citizenship (EfGC) has received worldwide attention in higher education institutions as a promising approach to address the critical challenges and problems societies face today, not least of which include climate change, poverty, rising nationalism and xenophobia, and increased global economic competition. Yet critical deficits in research and knowledge risk perpetuating some of the very problems EfGC seeks to address. There is considerable freedom in how global citizenship is conceptualized, fostered, and enacted in universities, and as a result, the type of global citizen that is promoted can vary dramatically. In this session, the presenters will discuss processes of globalization, internationalization, and what role higher education has in the development of citizens. They will then outline three differing ideological educational approaches to global citizenship, examine the advantages and disadvantages of each approach, and facilitate a discussion on ways global citizenship theory can be critiqued and applied on the UMN campus.

Design Thinking: Collaborations across Minnesota & Iceland
Presenters: Virajita Singh, College of Design, Twin Cities; Tryggvi Thayer, University of Iceland
The University of Iceland’s School of Education and “Design Thinking @ College of Design”, a program in the University of Minnesota's College of Design, collaborated in November 2013 on an all-day design thinking workshop in Reykjavik. The workshop involved a broad slice of Iceland’s educational community including school teachers from across Iceland, educational developers, educational researchers and policymakers. Since then, the University of Iceland’s team has applied design thinking in partnership with Icelandic schools and is now embarking on a new collaboration of applying design thinking to faculty development at the University of Iceland. This session will introduce Design Thinking as a concept and tool, its practice, its application in the cultural context of Iceland, and resulting outcomes of culturally-responsive design thinking to an educational context.


Humphrey 15

This session will feature two presentations about data-informed internationalization initiatives.

Outcomes Associated with Undergraduates’ Participation in Internationalization at Home and Learning Abroad
Presenter: Krista Soria, Office of Institutional Research and Office for Student Affairs, Twin Cities
Join this presentation to learn about a wide variety of outcomes associated with undergraduates’ participation in internationalization at home and learning abroad activities at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The presenter will utilize a robust data set of ~7,500 students who completed the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey in spring 2018. The presentation will explore outcomes, including developmental outcomes, global awareness, intercultural development, as well as others.

A Global Community: FWCB's Departmental, 10-Year, Strategic, International/Intercultural Plan
Presenters: Jim Perry, Amanda Sames, and Sue Galatowitsch, College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences, Twin Cities
“Our students will be global ready upon graduation.” The Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology has accepted that goal. What does it mean? Is it strictly international? Do domestic intercultural skills advance global readiness? Do we achieve it via study abroad? Will all of our students achieve it? Are our faculty and staff also global ready? FWCB undertook in a 3-year planning process to develop an international and intercultural strategic plan to address those questions. Developing the plan engaged all levels of the department. The resulting four themes and 12 nested goals identify intended actions and responsible parties over a 10-year window. The strategic plan advances transparency and accountability, and increases the intentionality of the international and intercultural aspects of the department’s diversity planning. During this presentation, facilitators will share insights from the process along with the resulting plan. The results may help other departments advance their own thinking around international and intercultural engagement.


Organized by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance. Cosponsors include the Carlson Global Institute, Center for Educational Innovation, International Student and Scholar Services, Learning Abroad Center, Minnesota English Language Program, Office for Student Affairs, Office of Undergraduate Education, and University Libraries.

Sessions from Previous Conferences

Most session presentations from previous conferences are available for viewing here. To see a complete list of sessions and posters by year, go to the "Previous Conferences" tab.

Developing Reciprocal Partnerships with Institutions Abroad (audio recording)
Presenters: Evelyn Davidheiser, Institute of Global Studies, Twin Cities; Richa Nagar, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities; Pareena Lawrence, Division of Social Sciences, Morris; Eric Sheppard, College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

Beyond Immediate Impact: Study Abroad for Global Engagement (video presentation)
Presenters: Jae-Eun Jon, College of Education and Human Development, Twin Cities; Gerald W. Fry, College of Education and Human Development, Twin Cities; Elizabeth Stallman, College of Education and Human Development, Twin Cities

Using Skype in the Classroom to Internationalize the Curriculum (video presentation)
Presenter: Brenda S. Butterfield, College of Education and Human Service Professions, Duluth

CARLA’s Goal: Foreign Language Across the Curriculum (video presentation)
Presenter: Elaine Tarone, Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquistion, Twin Cities)

Educating Globally Competent Citizens (video presentation)
Presenter: Dennis Falk, Social Work, Duluth

Culture Corps’ Impact on Internationalization of the Campus (video presentation)
Presenter: Thorunn Bjarnadottir, International Student and Scholar Services, Twin Cities

A Virtual Curricular Innovation Across Three Continents (video presentation)
Presenters: Matthew Goode, Carlson School of Management, Twin Cities; Theresa Heath, Carlson School of Management, Twin Cities

Internationalization – Theory to Practice? Practice to Theory? (video presentation)
Presenters: Dr. Josef Mestenhauser, College of Education and Human Development, Twin Cities; Anne D’Angelo, Carlson School of Management, Twin Cities

Role of TAs, Overseas Academic Staff in Internationalizing the Curriculum (video presentation)
Presenters: Katherine N. Yngve, Tara Harvey, and Naomi Ziegler, College of Education and Human Development, Twin Cities

Making Critical Connections through International Community Service (video presentation)
Presenter: Sarah Tschida, Learning Abroad Center, Twin Cities; Laura Dammer Hess, Community Service-Learning Center, Twin Cities; David Holliday, Community Service-Learning Center, Twin Cities; Brook Blahnik, Learning Abroad Center, Twin Cities

Teaching Global Leadership in a Domestic Context: Lessons Learned from a May Session Immersion Course
Presenters: Katie Peacock, College of Liberal Arts (UMTC) and Merrie Benasutti, Humphrey School of Public Affairs (UMTC)

Operationalizing Comprehensive Internationalization: One College’s Approach
Presenters: Chris Johnstone and Ken Bartlett, College of Education and Human Development (UMTC)

Connections: Science and Engineering Students and Faculty on Non-credit International Experiences
Presenters: Adam Pagel, Paul Imbertson, and Julian Marshall, College of Science and Engineering (UMTC)

Educating Globally Competent Citizens: The Seven Revolutions Project
Presenters: Dennis Falk, College of Education and Human Service Professions (UMD), and William Payne, School of Fine Arts (UMD)

The Carlson International Experience Requirement
Presenters: Kirsten Alexejun and Jan O’Brien, Carlson School of Management (UMTC); Zach Mohs, Learning Abroad Center (UMTC)

Global Future Physician
Presenters: Tricia Todd, Health Careers Center (UMTC); Shailendra Prasad, Family Medicine/Community Health (UMTC); and Cathy Huber, Learning Abroad Center (UMTC)

Bridging Cultures: Islam and the West
Presenters: Jeanne Kilde, Nabil Matar, Catherine Asher, and Nahid Khan, College of Liberal Arts (UMTC)

Supporting Higher Education Initiatives in Post Conflict Societies: What Role can the U Play?
Presenters: Gabriele Schmiegel, International Student and Scholar Services (UMTC); Meredith McQuaid, GPS Alliance (UMTC); and Mike Anderson, Minnesota English Language Program (UMTC)

Posters from Previous Conferences

Most poster presentations from previous conferences are available for viewing here. To see a complete list of sessions and posters by year, go to the "Past Conferences" tab.

Toward Internationalizing General Music Teacher Education in a U.S. Context
Akosua Addo (UMTC)

Study World Religions Abroad
Daniel Amodeo, Koria Master, Joseph Mitchell, and Caitlin Priem (UMTC)

Interactions Between Domestic and International Students: A case study on the perspective of CIDE students
Peck-Gee Chua (UMTC)

The Whole Village Project-Tanzania: Evaluation and promoting effective development strategies
Kari Hartwig (UMTC)

What is My Professor Doing in Mexico?: Using New Media to Bring the World Home
Mark Pedelty (UMTC)

Global Student Teaching: It Takes a University to Raise an International Program
Pamela Solvie (UMM)

Preservice Elementary Education Teachers: An International Approach to Music Methods Coursework
Sharrie VanAlstine (UMTC)

Discover World Religions Locally
Ann Waltner and Peter Harle (UMTC)

International Student Recruitment on a Shoestring
Matthew Beatty, Leah Brink, and Kyoko Yamada; International Student and Scholar Services (UMTC)

Multicultural Study Abroad Group (MSAG)
Mark Bellcourt, College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (UMTC); Shuji Asai, College of Education and Human Development (UMTC)

The Role of Cost in Study Abroad
Blythe Cherney, Learning Abroad Center (UMTC)

Internationalizing the Curriculum: Teaching Consultations
Paul Ching and Jeff Lindgren, Center for Teaching and Learning (UMTC)

Global Sustainability Experience in Design and Manufacturing in Ghana
Emmanuel Enemuoh and Seraphin Abou, Swenson College of Science and Engineering (UMD)

Developing a Collegiate Infrastructure for Global Education for Graduate and Professional Students
Judith Garrard, School of Public Health (UMTC)

Experiential Education Abroad: Doctor of Pharmacy Program in Germany
Peter Haeg, College of Pharmacy (UMTC and UMD); Abigail Frank, College of Pharmacy (UMTC)

Analysis of Research Studies on International Students
Ji-Yeung Jang and Kay Thomas, International Student and Scholar Services (UMTC)

A Metrics Framework: Internationalizing the University of Minnesota
Ji-Yeung Jang, International Student and Scholar Services (UMTC); Gayle Woodruff, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (UMTC); Joseph Shultz, Academic Affairs (UMTC); Anne D’Angelo, Carlson School of Management (UMTC); Betsy Stallman, Minnesota English Language Program (UMTC); Rhiannon Williams, College of Education and Human Development (UMTC)

Establishing a Culture of Internationalization in the College of Education and Human Development
Christopher Johnstone and Kenneth Bartlett, College of Education and Human Development (UMTC)

Leveraging Divergent Student Communications
Brian Liesinger and Jeremy Pieper, Learning Abroad Center (UMTC)

Beyond the “Two Cultures” Model: German Literature Meets Ecology
Charlotte Melin, College of Liberal Arts (UMTC)

Missing Males—Investigating the Gender Gap in Study Abroad
Zach Mohs, Learning Abroad Center (UMTC)

University of Minnesota CIBER: Open for Business
Abby Pinto and Jennie Meinz, Carlson School of Management (UMTC)

Using Travel Grants to Enhance Internationalization of the Curriculum
Molly Portz, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (UMTC)

Short-Term Study Abroad Programs: The Faculty Experience
Sarah Reuben, Learning Abroad Center (UMTC)

How Internationalizing Students Through Cross-Cultural Experiences May Affect Creativity
Matthew Russell and Jon DeVries, International Student and Scholar Services (UMTC)

From Domestic vs. International to Domestic and International: An Open Dialogue Led by Students
Liz Schenkat, College of Design (UMTC); Missy Reilly, College of Biological Sciences (UMTC); Duanyi Yang, College of Liberal Arts (UMTC); Chen Li, Carlson School of Management (UMTC)

Wilderness Week—Communing Cross-Culturally in the Boundary Waters
Mark Schneider and Allison Beebe, International Student and Scholar Services (UMTC)

Internationalizing Teaching and Learning—A Pilot Program
Shelley Smith, Instructional Development Service (UMD); Kate Martin, Center for Teaching and Learning (UMTC); Gayle Woodruff, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (UMTC)

Supporting Volunteer Abroad Opportunities for Science Students
Meaghan Stein, College of Biological Sciences (UMTC)

Learning Abroad and Your Future Health Career
Tricia Todd, Academic Health Center (UMTC)

Adaptation, Adjustment, and Awareness: Integrating Intercultural Theory into Short-Term Programs
Krista Uhrig, Ann Smith, and Jiaying Song, International Student and Scholar Services (UMTC)

Pre-Service Elementary Education Teachers: An International Approach to Music Methods Coursework
Sharri VanAlstine, College of Liberal Arts (UMTC)

Study Abroad in London: Incorporating Study Abroad Requirement into the BFA-Actor Training Major
Holly Zimmerman LeVoir, Learning Abroad Center (UMTC); Judy Bartl, College of Liberal Arts (UMTC)

Diversifying the Global History of Literacy: WRIT 1506, "Literacy, Technology and Society" on the UMD Campus
David Beard (Duluth)

Perceived Outcomes of GLBT Activism and History: Amsterdam and Berlin
Annika Bowers (Twin Cities)

New International Student Seminar (NISS)
Stacey Buachart, Barbara Pilling, Mingzhi Li (Twin Cities)

International Student Liaison Group
Amy Burger Sanchez, Theresa Ganglghassemlouei, Michael Anderson, Elizabeth Isensee (Twin Cities)

The Learning in Short-Term Volunteering: Meeting Education Abroad Mission and Goals
Sara Cokl (Twin Cities)

Beyond Food, Photos, and Tourist Traps: Helping Students Leverage International Experiences in Pursuit of Academic and Career Goals
Jennifer Decker, Phoebe Smith (Twin Cities)

Agents of Internationalization: International Scholars and Faculty
Kathrin Hahn (Twin Cities)

The Minnesota Writing Project's Collaboration with Teacher Educators in Norway
Debra Hartley, Muriel Thompson, Kirsten Jamsen (Twin Cities)

UMTC Education Abroad Network
Kim Hindbjorgen, Rebbecca Dosch Brown, Ellen Sunshine, Cindy Pavlowski, Megan Stein, Brook Blahnik, Jeanette Howey (Twin Cities)

Designing and Preparing for international Graduate-Level Professional Internships
Christopher Johnstone, Devin Hogan (Twin Cities)

The Law and Your Safety
Mark Karon, Luis Bartolomei (Twin Cities)

Engineering the Landscape: The Cultural Ecology of Water in the Netherlands
Cynthia Lapp (Twin Cities)

Carlson Global Connect Series
Anny Lin, Xiaoji Zhang (Twin Cities)

Internationalized Course Design
Jeff Lindgren, Kate Martin (Twin Cities)

Contemporary Germany and Global Environmental Topics
Charlotte Melin, Beth Kautz (Twin Cities)

Internationalizing the Curriculum: May Session Intercultural Learning Opportunities
June Nobbe, Merrie Benasutti, Diana Yefanova (Twin Cities)

Creating Global Citizens: What the Data Has to Say
Ron Huesman, LeeAnn Melin (Twin Cities)

Global Ambassador Internship Program: Engaging Returned Study Abroad Students Through On-Campus Activities
Emelee Volden, Allison Suhan, Sarah Reuben, Sarah Tschida (Twin Cities)