“Iowa’s Award-Winning India Winterim Program”
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The Iowa India Winterim program is an intensive, three-week field-based study-abroad program that provides students with the opportunity to learn from and directly interact with social entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions within India’s diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and geographical mosaic. Each course in the program is based in one or several locations throughout India. This program is designed for UI undergraduate students, graduate students, and community members with related interests and experience. The India Winterim program sends about 135 students to India annually, and has sent approximately 900 students and 30 faculty members to India in the ten years since its creation. In 2016, the India Winterim program received the Heiskell Award for its efforts.
Dr. Raj Rajagopal is a Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences and Sustainability at the University of Iowa. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of environmental modeling, water quality monitoring, management, and public policy. He has been invited to serve as a nominator for the annual Japan Prize (Japanese equivalent of the Nobel), since its inception in 1985. He is the founding editor of the journal “Environmental Practice” (formerly known as the “The Environmental Professional”) published by the Oxford University Press. His current interests include the provision of safe drinking water, reduction of adult illiteracy, and improvement of opportunities through micro-credit for women entrepreneurs in developing countries.
“Fulbright Scholars Discuss Their Assignments”
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Sarah Lucas is a Ph.D. candidate travelling to study and research in Hungary on Bartók’s First Piano Concerto using manuscripts, letters, scores and newspapers found only in the Bartók Archive an
d Széchényi Library. She will use her research to better understand patterns of cultural exchange between Hungary and the U.S. in the 1920s.
Lauren Darby is pursing an English Teaching Assistantship in Germany where she will have the opportunity to work with a diversity program that places grantees in schools with significant numbers of students with minority backgrounds. Darby has studied German history and language and plans to become a social studies teacher.
Amanda Kloser is pursuing an English Teaching Assistantship in Turkey to further explore the similar literary styles she has found studying Turkish and Native American multicultural literature. As a future high school English and language teacher, she hopes to nurture her Turkish students English usage with skills she developed while pursing her Master’s degree.
Destinee Gwee is travelling to Taiwan where she will use her background in health care and athletics to promote healthy living to children in the community. As a future physician, she hopes to use her English Teaching Assistantship to learn how to effectively communicate with patients who may not speak English as a first language.
Our friends at the University of Iowa Honors Center put together a video showing what it’s like to attend an ICFRC program!
Remember, Honors Students eat free!
Keep checking back for more information on our first summer program on July 12th!
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“International Systems Building on Child Protection: From the University of Iowa to Turkey and Beyond…”
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This presentation will summarize the collaboration between the U of I Child Protection Program leadership and numerous universities in Turkey, multiple ministries including the Ministries of Health, Justice, Education, Interior, and Social Services, and non-governmental organizations. The positive outcomes in systems building for child protection in Turkey have been expanded to other countries including Portugal, Greece, Pakistan, and Colombia. All these efforts have been supported by the U of I International Programs that led to the second Provost’s Global Forum focusing on global child protection issues.
Resmiye Oral, MD, is a professor of pediatrics, who is a board-certified expert in child abuse pediatrics. She has completed her child abuse pediatrics fellowship at Ohio-State University and is currently working as the director of the Child Protection Program at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa. She has published numerous articles in Child Abuse and Neglect. She became involved with child abuse and neglect in 1993 and established the first multidisciplinary child abuse and neglect follow-up team in Turkey, her country of origin. She wrote a book and three book chapters on child abuse for Turkish physicians. She also co-authored two training kits published by Ohio State University on physical and sexual abuse. Her interests are international systems building to address child abuse and neglect, drug endangered children, shaken baby syndrome, and early intervention with child abuse to prevent severe and usually irreversible consequences of abuse including fatality. In order to do that, she believes that recognition of subtle findings of abuse is of utmost importance, which calls for training of all professionals involved with child abuse. She gives 50-60 lectures a year to medical and non-medical professional audiences on child abuse and neglect to regional, national and international audiences.
“Crossing Cultural Lines and Changing Students’ Minds: Tippie’s International Buddies Program”
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In 2014 the Tippie College of Business was home to 498 international students, with a further 691 declared as pre-business majors. Together, these students constitute around 22% of the business and pre-business population at the University of Iowa. The rise in international student enrollment at the College of Business has been dramatic, with just 55 international students enrolled in 2007. The significant international student presence in the College creates extraordinary opportunities for our domestic students to learn about the world without leaving Iowa City, but it also presents challenges that often come with cross-cultural interaction – language barriers, cultural divides, and misunderstandings.
In Spring 2014 the Undergraduate Program Office at the College of Business launched International Buddies at Tippie, a program pairing international and domestic business students for a semester-long friendship. Since its inception the program has doubled its membership, has received positive media coverage both locally and nationally, and has succeeded person-by-person, in breaking down cultural barriers between many of our students. Jennifer will share her insights about the program, and two buddies will also share their thoughts and experiences.
Jennifer Blair is the Assistant Director for Global Community Engagement at Tippie, where she oversees efforts to connect international and domestic students in meaningful ways. A 1998 graduate of the University of Iowa (BA History) and 2000 graduate of Trinity College, Dublin (M.Phil), Jennifer qualified as a lawyer (solicitor) in Ireland and practiced private client law in one of Ireland’s largest law firms. She returned to Iowa in 2009, first overseeing international student admissions and services at St. Ambrose University in Davenport and most recently returning to her alma mater to continue her work with international students.
“2015-2016 Fulbright Scholars Discuss Their Plans”
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The Fulbright award is one of the most prestigious academic award in the world. Established to increase global perspective between the US and other countries via exchange of students, through an exclusive application process those awarded represent the best international scholars. This year the University of Iowa had record-setting thirteen Fulbright Recipients, three of these recipients will discuss their exciting research and future plans.
Quinn Hejlik graduated with a B.A. in History and International Studies in May. With his Fulbright U.S. award, Hejlik will work as an English Teaching Assistant in Russia, where he hopes to develop a deeper understanding of Russian culture and language while extending the same understanding of English language and American culture to his Russian students.
Daniel Goering is a Ph.D. candidate in organizational behavior and human resources in the UI Tippie College of Business. Goering will study work-life balance issues and investigate methods to increase resilience to work-family stress with experts at the University of Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan.
Julia Julstrom-Agoyo graduated with a B.A. in International studies with a focus in human rights, a certificate in sustainability, and minors in Political Science and Spanish in May. Julstrom-Agoyo will use her Fulbright U.S. award for an English Teaching Assistantship in Malaysia to create a dialogue about the cultures and values of Malaysian and American people in terms of the arts, environment, and values to build friendships.