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States. Alhough the student passed away, the situation is a touching example of how local residents can rally around international students on their local campuses. “What I hope is that at a difficult time such as when a student is experiencing a life-threatening illness, our emergency response team provides more than just transportation to medical appointments,” says Elaine Conrad, community programs coordinator in SIU’s Center for International Education. “I believe that our volunteers provide a life-long connection to compassion for not only the student, but their families as well. When a student becomes ill thousands of miles away from their families, volunteers assume the role of extended families. We are so very fortunate to have volunteers who reach out to our students in an emergency with both caring and compassion.”

Partnerships Boost Connections
For many American colleges and universities, financial and staff resources are tight. By forming partnerships with other organizations on campus or within the local community, international offices can expand their outreach and maximize the effectiveness of programs. At Kent State University, for example, the Office of Global Education has formed partnerships with the Rotary Club, the local historical society, and downtown merchants to engage international students and scholars in the local community. The historical society, for example, hosts walking tours of the downtown area and provides an orientation to the local farmer’s market. Foreign students often are invited to give presentations on their countries and cultures at the Rotary Club, giving them an opportunity to develop friendships with Americans. Additionally, an off-campus housing liaison in the university’s Center for Student Involvement maintains close contact with landlords to educate them about the needs of international students and scholars, as well as to advocate for the students by negotiating contracts and assisting with resolving conflicts with landlords. Partnerships also thrive at Colorado State University (CSU). Apartment Life, a global and multicultural residential village with residents from more than 80 countries, has teamed up with numerous campus and community organizations (such as adult learner and veteran services, the recreation center, and athletics) to provide family-friendly events and access to CSU resources such as technology and recreational opportunities, as well as addressing larger community needs such as transportation, public school, and childcare needs, says Christie Mathews, director of apartment life.

Apartment life also partners locally with the Fort Collins International Center—a community organization that strives to create a model community that embraces global connections and celebrates cultural understanding and diversity. The Center sponsors a number of programs to bring together CSU international students and local residents, including the Home Stay Program to provide foreign students with temporary housing in local homes and the Global Ambassadors Program through which CSU international students and scholars share their culture, heritage, and language in local schools and organizations. International students, scholars, and spouses may volunteer for the center, providing opportunities for them to make friends and become an integral part of the community. “We take a comprehensive, holistic view of [addressing] the needs in the community,” Mathews says. “We advocate for students and families on campus and in the community to say, ‘What is the impact of [this issue] on our families or the non-students, who are not necessarily paying fees but still need to have access to navigate Fort Collins and the campus?’ It’s important to look at how the needs of international students differ from domestic students and to provide an inclusive environment where those needs are addressed.” At Northern Arizona University (NAU), the increasing number of Chinese scholars coming to campus inspired the creation of the Scholar Academy to provide a learning and support structure for visiting faculty and to help them become integrated into their respective disciplines, the campus, and the community. The program, a partnership between NAU’s Center for International Education and the College of Education, sets up a framework for matching scholars with NAU faculty mentors. Friday morning sessions are focused on helping the scholars meet their academic objectives and learn about the U.S. education system. The group takes field trips to area Native American schools, local public schools, and a community college to get a firsthand view of different academic models and methods. The initiative gives both scholars and the sponsoring academic departments guidance about expectations and facilitates professional and friendly dialogue. “It’s a great experience all around,” says Catherine Ribic, director of international student and scholar services at NAU. “It’s great for the scholars to have this wide-ranging interaction in their academic departments, and it’s nice for the faculty here because it exposes them to international visitors. This kind of sharing of cultural and academic experiences has been great.”

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