International Educator - September/October 2016 - 37

VIRGINIA
COMMONWEALTH
UNIVERSITY
Students Live and
Learn Engagement

V
 

irginia Commonwealth University (VCU) freshman Alex Eliades
was moving out of a residence hall and scouting a new place to
live when he made a final check of his mailbox and found a flyer
offering rising sophomores an opportunity to pioneer a living-learning
program called VCU Globe. They would move into apartments in a new
dorm, take a series of one-credit classes on global issues, participate
in extensive cocurricular activities, and serve as mentors and "culture
brokers" for the university's large and growing international student
population. In short, they would get a fast introduction to becoming
global citizens without leaving Richmond, Virginia.
It was just the ticket for Eliades, a political science and
history major whose family emigrated from Greece three
generations back. He sees his future lying in the international
realm, possibly as a diplomat. "I've been using every opportunity I can to find ways to interact with the international
community at VCU and in the greater Richmond area," said
Eliades, now a 21-year-old junior. "It's such a thrill. I wanted
to make sure they met someone who could show them cool
parts of Richmond and the different things they can do here,
and, of course, learn about their countries and what to do if
I ever end up in their end of the court."
Nearly nine in 10 VCU Globe residents are U.S. students.
Fifty signed up for VCU Globe the first year, 90 in 2014, and
100 in 2015. The program has given Globe students opportunities to travel to Mexico, Qatar (where VCU has a campus),
and Japan. Eliades studied Spanish and tutored children in
Zapotec villages in Oaxaca in 2014. Another group journeyed to Doha last March and to Japan this summer.

Student Alex Eliades
travelled to Oaxaca,
Mexico, and Doha,
Qatar, with fellow Globe
residents

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - September/October 2016

Frontlines
In Brief
Insights
Collaborating with Africa
Rice University Finds a Natural Partner in Brazil
Virginia Commonwealth University Students Live and Learn Engagement
At Wake Forest University, Intercultural Skills Start with Faculty
Foreign Student Affairs
In Focus
Going Social
Advice from the Field
Using Social Media to Recruit Chinese Students
International Educator - September/October 2016 - Cover1
International Educator - September/October 2016 - Cover2
International Educator - September/October 2016 - 1
International Educator - September/October 2016 - 2
International Educator - September/October 2016 - 3
International Educator - September/October 2016 - Frontlines
International Educator - September/October 2016 - 5
International Educator - September/October 2016 - 6
International Educator - September/October 2016 - 7
International Educator - September/October 2016 - In Brief
International Educator - September/October 2016 - 9
International Educator - September/October 2016 - 10
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Insights
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Collaborating with Africa
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Rice University Finds a Natural Partner in Brazil
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Virginia Commonwealth University Students Live and Learn Engagement
International Educator - September/October 2016 - 37
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - 39
International Educator - September/October 2016 - At Wake Forest University, Intercultural Skills Start with Faculty
International Educator - September/October 2016 - 41
International Educator - September/October 2016 - 42
International Educator - September/October 2016 - 43
International Educator - September/October 2016 - Foreign Student Affairs
International Educator - September/October 2016 - 45
International Educator - September/October 2016 - In Focus
International Educator - September/October 2016 - 47
International Educator - September/October 2016 - 48
International Educator - September/October 2016 - Cover3
International Educator - September/October 2016 - Cover4
International Educator - September/October 2016 - SCover1
International Educator - September/October 2016 - SCover2
International Educator - September/October 2016 - S1
International Educator - September/October 2016 - Going Social
International Educator - September/October 2016 - S3
International Educator - September/October 2016 - S4
International Educator - September/October 2016 - S5
International Educator - September/October 2016 - Advice from the Field
International Educator - September/October 2016 - S7
International Educator - September/October 2016 - Using Social Media to Recruit Chinese Students
International Educator - September/October 2016 - S9
International Educator - September/October 2016 - S10
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