Current Projects

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Academic Support/Resources

Academic Support/Resources

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Academic Support/Resources

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Academic Support/Resources

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Academic Support/Resources

Through this project, the Minnesota English Language Program provides one-to-one and small group tutoring to international students whose first language is not English. Students can get support tailored to their needs in any area of English language development, including speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, pronunciation, etc. Consultations are offered by ESL professionals through the Student English Language Support (SELS) program. More information is available on the SELS website at www.cce.umn.edu/eslhelp.

 Academic Advising/College Support

Academic Advising/College Support

The College of Science and Engineering's Academic Advising Office has created a new advising role (Senior Academic Advisor with a Focus on the International Student Experience) with the use of the international fee. In addition to a caseload of undergraduate students in the College, this advisor's project work will focus on ways to support and enhance our international students' experience and success in the College.

Academic Advising/College Support

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Academic Advising/College Support

The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences and the College of Design partner in requesting funding for a shared 0.5 FTE graduate assistantship to initiate, manage, expand, and provide programs in support of international students’ success in our colleges. This position would be responsible for projects and initiatives to better integrate international students into the collegiate communities in and across CFANS and CDES.

Academic Advising/College Support

The Carlson International Student Programming Support proposal provides funding for the International Student Engagement intern team as well as the International Student Peer Mentorship Program and the International Student & Alumni Networking event.

Academic Advising/College Support

CLA Transfer Advising will enhance the international transfer student experience from a multi-faceted approach. Our CLA 3001 Transfer Semester Experience course will be modified to intentionally foster international and domestic student interaction to encourage engagement and a positive sense of belonging. CLA’s portion of Transfer Welcome Day will also include specific programs for international students. In collaboration with ISSS, we will create videos for international transfer students for use in our online orientation, website, and CLA 3001 course.

Academic Advising/College Support

The International Student Academic Counselor, in the International Student & Scholar Services office, provides academic counseling support for at-risk international students and promotes international student retention. The Academic Counselor leads initiatives to organize academic resources that support international students. This position also collaborates with and provides outreach and training to faculty, academic advisers, and other staff regarding international students.

Academic Advising/College Support

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Curriculum Development & Course-based Support

Curriculum Development & Course-based Support

This project will provide international students with opportunities for collaborative research-based interactions with faculty that will increase their sense of belonging and improve their overall academic experiences. The project work will focus on creating a three-credit course on community-based participatory research that is designed, in particular, for international undergraduate students.

Curriculum Development & Course-based Support

This project provides funding for undergraduate teaching assistants to run discussion groups and work with the instructor to ensure the language support of two English for specific purposes (ESP) classes is tailored to the content courses that the students are taking. ESL 3006 is a course that supports students in business related majors who are networking and seeking internships, and ESL 3007 supports students who are taking introductory physics courses.

 Major/Career Planning & Development

Major/Career Planning & Development

The Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) created an Academic and Career Coach position with an international focus. This new role provides support for international students who are strongly undecided, transitioning colleges, and planning for competitive majors. This position splits time between CAPE and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) which allows expanded support in CAPE while remaining closely connected to the student services in ISSS and immigration regulations.

Major/Career Planning & Development

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Co-Curricular

Co-Curricular

The Center for Community-Engaged Learning (CCEL) provides meaningful off-campus community engagement experiences to our students through curricular and co-curricular experiences, facilitates authentic and reciprocal partnerships with local community organizations, creates positive impact in the community, and advances the University's mission of excellence in teaching, research, and outreach through community engagement. The overall vision of the project is to provide additional support for international students to be successful in their curricular and co-curricular community engagement.

Co-Curricular

The International LGBTQIA Outreach Program provides support and resources for international LGBTQIA students regarding their nationality, cultural background, gender and/or sexual identity on campus. The International LGBTQIA Outreach Program provides events and activities addressing issues related to international gender and/or sexual identities that are marginalized and works to connect international LGBTQIA students with each other.

Co-Curricular

The International Student Advisory Board is comprised of 10 members representing international first year, transfer, exchange, sponsored, graduate, professional, Minnesota International Student Association, Council of International Students and Minnesota Student Association students. The board serves as a consultative body for units within Office of Student Affairs and International Student & Scholar Services.

 

Co-Curricular

The SUA Grants Program provides supplemental financial support to student groups, university departments, and individuals seeking to host or participate in activities, programs, and special events that enhance the co-curricular experience for students at the University of Minnesota. The International Student Support Grant will provide financial support to student groups looking to plan events and programs that are aimed at furthering the professional, educational, and intellectual development of international students at the University of Minnesota.

Co-Curricular

Students Crossing Borders (SCB) living and learning community (LLC) located in Middlebrook residence hall represents a program that exemplifies the campus space that Josef Mestenhauser would describe as a laboratory that people from diverse backgrounds could connect with each other and share ideas. SCB has provided structured programming to support the integration of domestic and international students by providing both informal and formal cross-cultural shared experiences.

Co-Curricular

The Universal New Year Celebration is designed to acknowledge a widely celebrated holiday outside of the traditional holidays celebrated in the US. The event is intended to bring together a wide range of students, domestic and international from all backgrounds to enjoy a wide range of food and activities from around the world. The hope is to build a sense of a broad connected community and an opportunity for international students and domestic students to interact.

Faculty/Staff Development

Faculty/Staff Development

This project will fund the coordination of UMTC campus-wide efforts that seek to support faculty and instructors with the academic integration of international students in the classroom. Educational offerings for faculty and instructors on effective classroom approaches to inclusive course design, pedagogy and assessment will be offered. The Education Program Specialist coordinating these efforts will serve as a resource for colleagues around campus.

Faculty/Staff Development

This project is a part-time position for an English as a Second Language (ESL) professional at the Minnesota English Language Program (MELP) to support instructors and staff across the University on issues related to working with multilingual international students and develop resources to support working with these students.

Faculty/Staff Development

Since funding in May 2015, we have facilitated a professional development opportunity for faculty around the university that has included the following: two group workshop experiences, an online curriculum that includes campus resources helpful to international students, sample activities, as well as syllabi and policy statements that are reflective of best practices for working with international students,ongoing interaction with other faculty through in-person and online discussions, and the opportunity for one-on-one consultations with coordinator and facilitators in addition to other op

Faculty/Staff Development

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Intercultural Workshop series combines intercultural competency and skills development workshops and "Culture In-Depth" sessions discussing the unique practices, customs, and values of some of the largest international student populations on our campus. Each session helps UMN staff members gain greater cultural self-awareness, an understanding of the contributions of international students, and communication skills to improve interactions and relationships with international students, staff, and faculty.

Transition Support (Student-focused)

Transition Support (Student-focused)

Chinese international students make up 50 percent of new international undergraduate students and the China Pre-Departure Orientation was created to help these students have a successful transition to the University of Minnesota. The goals of this program include helping students understand next steps needed in their transition, building a awareness and knowledge about the cultural differences in the U.S. higher education system, and assisting students in developing a sense of belonging with the University of Minnesota.

Transition Support (Student-focused)

According to the Synthesis of International Undergraduate Student Needs by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance and International Student and Scholar Services, pre-departure and arrival experiences, sense of belonging, available supporting resources and programs, and overall campus climate represent four areas that could be better facilitated for international students.

Transition Support (Student-focused)

The University has always made internationalization and commitment to equity and diversity a priority and part of the learning outcomes of the undergraduate education experience. In spite of these goals, surveys have shown that International students’ sense of belonging is declining.

Transition Support (Student-focused)

In order to enhance existing efforts between OFYP and ISSS to increase international student participation in Welcome Week, this event provides an opportunity for international students to meet Welcome Week Leaders (WWLs), as well as, some of the new students in their group prior to the start of Welcome Week. This new effort is designed to provide international students with an early glimpse into Welcome Week.

 Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

Expanding on the current financial wellness offerings provided to all students, One Stop Student Services and International Student and Scholar Services have created 5 short, web-based videos to teach international students about financial wellness basics. The video series gives international students an opportunity to learn best practices and tips from their peers about money-related content designed specifically for them.

Health & Wellness

This three-year project aims to increase knowledge regarding sexual health and promote healthy sexual practices for international students. Through direct programming and increased awareness of available services, this project will impact approximately 2,750 undergraduate students per year once completed. The project will include online focus groups (to preserve anonymity and promote engagement), development of tailored programming and environmental changes, pilot testing of the programming and environmental changes, adaptation based on the pilot testing results, and implementation.