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CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT 

| Virginia Commonwealth University  | Richmond, Virginia

"It's a welcoming environment for
international students," said Brown.
"It's a markedly different experience
for them. They're having meaningful,
sustained interaction with American
students versus what too often happens-maybe a 15-minute awkward
conversation at a happy hour without
much follow-up."

Rewarding a Passion
Each semester, Globe names several
faculty fellows from an array of fields
who emphasize global ramifications
of their specialties. Joann Richardson, a kinesiology and health sciences
professor, created a service-learning
course on community health promoParmida Enyati, making a V for VCU in her hometown of Vancouver, Canada, calls the Globe 'an amazing
tion in global environments.
place to live'
"It's been fantastic," said Richardson. "Often you might get five or six students in a new course.
We cross-listed it with my home department, set a 30-student
maximum, and got 30 students right away." Students worked with
Vietnamese, Latino, and Filipino immigrants in ethnic enclaves
around Virginia and some took a service trip to Jamaica that Richardson led over spring break. In two decades of teaching, it was the
first such class she has taught overseas.
The fellows' departments receive a $5,000 stipend they can use
to support a course release or for professional development. Apart
from that, Richardson said, "it's a career reward to bring my discipline into the Globe and to have it take on that more international
perspective. To be able to link what's a passion for me professionally-promoting community health-to an (international) initiative
here at the university was very satisfying."
Director Jill Blondin believes a
Joann Richardson, a kinesiology
strong curricular emphasis makes
VCU Globe a distinctive livinglearning program.

and health sciences professor,
serves as a Globe faculty fellow
and leads service projects locally
and in Jamaica

New Residences Furnish New Opportunities
The Globe is the second living-learning arrangement spawned by
the Quest for Distinction-Aspire, the first, stresses community
engagement-and more are on the way. The university has opened
two new residence halls and is building two more. Nearly 6,000 students now live on campus. In addition to the Globe students, there
are 80 additional beds constantly occupied by students in short-term
programs from other countries. Two groups of 40 students from the
University of Guadalajara each stayed for a month, experiencing
U.S. university life and exposing American students to their culture.

International Seminars and Research Grants
There are other inducements to get more faculty to think global. In
summer 2013, borrowing an idea from its neighbor, the University
of Richmond, VCU held a faculty development seminar in Spain and
Morocco to explore migration issues. It took a second group to South
Africa in 2014 to examine public health issues; Richardson was among
the participants. The Global Education Office's Brown led a third group
to China in June 2015. Faculty are also invited to apply for Quest Global
Impact Awards of up to $20,000 for international projects.
Brown said VCU Globe, the seminars, and other international
initiatives share a common purpose articulated in the Quest for
Distinction: to further global engagement of students, faculty, and
staff "to transform lives and communities."
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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
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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
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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 - In Focus
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International Educator - September/October 2016 - Going Social
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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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