Current Projects

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Academic Support/Resources

Academic Support/Resources

The Center for Writing's Student Writing Support program included professional Multilingual Learner Specialists and graduate student writing consultants with a background in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). With their experience teaching English language learners both in the U.S.

Academic Support/Resources

This project centers on the development of online resources for multilingual students looking to refine their academic English skills in order to excel in university coursework. Students who are non-native speakers of English may experience specific challenges with listening and reading comprehension, difficulties with speaking during class discussions and presentations, and challenges with producing writing that effectively meets discipline-specific expectations.

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

These three events are aimed at reducing the cultural shock for international students and strengthen their English skills in order to improve their experience adjusting to the US classroom environment and help them to succeed in their academic and post-graduation careers.

Event 1: Carlson New International Student Seminar- The New International Student Seminar will help first year international students to better understand US classroom expectations, how to thrive at Carlson in-class participation activities, and how to talk to professors, TAs, and fellow students.

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

We are proposing to organize a series of events annually. The events are aimed at reducing the cultural shock for international students and strengthen their English skills in order to improve their experience adjusting to the US classroom environment and help them to succeed in their academic and post-graduation careers.

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.

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.

 Major/Career Planning & Development

Major/Career Planning & Development

The consultant works across all Twin Cities undergraduate colleges to promote international student career success. In the first two years, the three foci have been: 1. Staff training to more fully understand international student career needs, and to build staff competence and expertise.  2. Student programming through large and small events campus-wide to build student competence in mastering the U.S. job search context.  3. Training for employers on how and why to hire international students.

Co-Curricular

Co-Curricular

Multiple research studies show that higher college student engagement is associated with higher levels of retention and graduation. Intentional, thoughtful engagement between international students and domestic students is the aim of the proposed Common Connections program.

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

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

The Culture Corps program supported by staff, faculty, and students in their internationalization efforts at the University of Minnesota by recruiting, training, and coaching international students on how to share their international student experiences on campus. Students received a stipend for being part of the program. In 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, almost half of our funding went into projects that later became fee funded projects in 2017-2018, faculty and instruction support, requests generated as a result of the fee, or actual fee funded projects.

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

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.