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CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT 

| Virginia Commonwealth University  | Richmond, Virginia

President Michael Rao with Globe students

plan. It built community engagement and service on
and off campus into the VCU Globe's requirements.
Students tallied 1,750 hours of service on campus
in 2014-2015 and nearly 1,300 hours more providing help in the community, such as volunteering in
clinics, schools, and literacy centers in Richmond's
immigrant neighborhoods. Students must perform
at least 10 hours of service each semester. Globe
residents also hold workshops on American life
and customs for VCU's 1,500 international students,
serve as conversation partners, and assist with orientation and adjustment to university life.
"I could have used this when I did my graduate
The living learning community
research at the Vatican library," quipped Globe Diprovides global engagement
rector Jill Blondin, an art historian who previously
for students who may not be
able to study abroad, says
ran a living-learning program at the University of
Global Education Executive
Texas-Tyler. What makes VCU Globe different,
Director R. McKenna Brown.
Blondin said, is the strong curricular component.
Quest for Distinction
VCU, located in the heart of Virginia's capital, enrolls many first- "It's a six-semester commitment that goes way beyond taking a
generation college students and Pell Grant recipients, said McKenna single credit class here or there." Students must take a one-credit
orientation class, five sequenced, one-credit global seminars, and
Brown, executive director of the Global Education Office.
Six hundred studied abroad in 2013-2014. Even with scholar- a three-credit, upper-level elective. A global thrust also is added to
ships, the costs can be daunting for students who may need to "work their section of a research writing course that is mandatory for all
60 hours a week in the summer to save (for tuition) or take a course undergraduates.
VCU Globe has attracted students from 30 majors, Blondin said,
to stay on time to graduate," Brown said.
The university made increasing global engagement of students, with biology the most popular (11 percent), followed by internafaculty, and staff a priority in a 2011 "Quest for Distinction" strategic tional studies (9 percent) and political science (8.5 percent).

Parmida Enayati, 22, a junior from Canada, had
just transferred to VCU when she was recruited for
Globe. "When I was originally approached, I didn't
really understand what they were talking about
and didn't think I'd be interested, but I'm so happy
I changed my mind."
"It was an amazing place to live," said Enayati,
who was born in Tehran and raised in Vancouver,
where her father owns an English language school
and her mother is an immigration consultant. "I
never imagined in a million years my best friends
would be from Korea and other parts of the world."
She added that it made VCU, which enrolls 32,000
students, "so much smaller." For three-quarters of
those on the Qatar trip, the experience was their
first time studying abroad.

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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
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Virginia Commonwealth University Students Live and Learn Engagement
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - At Wake Forest University, Intercultural Skills Start with Faculty
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Foreign Student Affairs
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Advice from the Field
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Using Social Media to Recruit Chinese Students
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