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CAMPUS PROFILE 

| University of Massachussetts Boston

Ksenija Borojevic (left) and Lurlene Van Buren oversee UMass Boston's
35 reciprocal exchange programs

Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales) Ecuador, Assistant Professor Jeff Pugh wanted to continue running study abroad programs
in Ecuador when he joined UMass Boston. During the three-week
summer course, students learn about conflict resolution, and acquire skills such as negotiation and proposal writing. They also visit
indigenous communities along the border between Ecuador and
Colombia. "We talked about how the refugee issue has been affecting their identity as a border community where a lot of people have
family on both sides of the border," says Pugh.
Abdul Aziz, a master's student in conflict resolution and Fulbright scholar, was one of 14 participants in the program. He was
able to find parallels to his own experiences in his native Indonesia.
"I didn't expect to be able to relate my own stories with those of the
refugees that I met. It feels very similar with what happens at home
in Indonesia with all the identity-based conflict," he says.

International Exposure
for First-Year Students

CHARLOTTE WEST

Political scientist Jeff Pugh runs
a summer institute, Conflict
Transformation Across Borders,
in Quito, Ecuador through the
McCormack Graduate School of
Policy and Global Studies

Kim Montoni, director of
international education, took
students to New York City as
part of the Global Ambassadors
program

Michael Tordorsky, manager of international partnerships, and Lisa
Johnson, vice chancellor for enrollment management, want to continue
to grow international student enrollment at UMass Boston

Within the College of Science and Math, Dean Andrew Grosovsky
has helped establish the Scotland Exchange Program in partnership
with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), an urban university in
Scotland. UMass Boston freshmen majoring in science and mathematics engage in the exchange as part of their participation in a
freshman success community.
Since 2011 UMass Boston and GCU each send six freshmen to the
other institution for a week-long exchange. At UMass Boston, each of
three freshman success communities within the College of Science and
Math nominate two student ambassadors to travel to Glasgow for a
week during the fall semester. Other members of the freshman success
communities are responsible for hosting the visiting Scottish students.
Grosovsky says that the larger goal of the exchange is to strengthen and better integrate the three freshman learning communities,
which are made up of around 70 students in total. They benefit from
working together to host the Scottish students, and at the same time,
gain exposure to another culture.
"Sometimes people say that six students for one week doesn't
sound like a lot, but we have had more than 10 times that number who
are participating. They are all interacting closely with the Scottish students and are experiencing the value of the exchange," Grosovsky says.
Megan Fung is a freshman biochemistry major who traveled to
Glasgow as an ambassador. "There's a lot more to the exchange than
people understand. A lot of it is about networking and developing
relationships not only with the Glasgow Caledonian students, but
also with each other," she says.
The School for the Environment also offers its freshmen an early international experience. In fact it is the only academic unit on
campus that requires students to have an international experience
before graduation. As part of the freshman seminar for environmenJ A N + F E B .17 INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - January/February 2017

From the Editor
In Brief
Voices
Act Globally
Tradition and History
Health and Insurance
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - 1
International Educator - January/February 2017 - From the Editor
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 3
International Educator - January/February 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - January/February 2017 - 5
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - 11
International Educator - January/February 2017 - Voices
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Act Globally
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Tradition and History
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Health and Insurance
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - January/February 2017 - View From Out Here
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