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Take Action — Opportunities for Engagement

You’ve learned about international students, attended ISSS’s workshops, and requested a customized workshop for your department. Now what?

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) staff members are available for individual consultations to identify actions you and your department can take to better serve international students and scholars. Examples include:

Request Your International Student Data

Reviewing existing data is a first step to better understand the international student experience. ISSS can provide college/unit-specific data on international student experience and satisfaction, or design ways to collect additional data.

Conduct a Listening Session

We will work with you to create a safe space for the voices of international students to be heard through small group listening sessions. By acquiring first-hand information from students, units can prioritize the next action steps needed to create a more inclusive environment.

Create a Culture Corps Internship

Enrich cross-cultural understanding within your unit by gaining a unique perspective and new insights from a current international student. The Culture Corps Program provides international students with a scholarship for their internship project.  Projects range in impact from policy changes to creating a more welcoming environment for international students.

Connect with Students

Do outreach to international students through partnering with ISSS on new or current student programming, communications and social media.

Recognize Extraordinary International Scholars and Alumni

Global Scholar Profiles

ISSS recognizes and highlights international scholars (researchers, faculty, staff, and administrators) who have made significant contributions to the University of Minnesota and/or to their academic discipline through our Global Scholar Profiles. Any international scholar who has been at the UMN within the past year on a non-immigrant visa (J-1, H, TN, E-3, O-1) can be nominated.

Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals

The Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals is a University-wide award for alumni, former students, and friends of the University who have distinguished themselves in their post-university work as leaders in their professional careers. Any international alumni, former student, or friend of any campus (current or former) of the University can be nominated.

Examples in Action

"...I plan to create more documents that I can print and give to students when training and orienting them. I really like the idea about starting an email when you meet with a student, and then sending it to them so they have a written document to reference what you discussed." – “Communicating with International Students” workshop participant

“I try to stay away from activities that require fast responses, such as Jeopardy. This gives an unfair advantage to the native English speakers. I, instead, try to lead a discussion-based class that is controlled by a worksheet. That way, they can choose when to add to the discussion, while adding what they find important and helpful to the worksheet. I also use a lot of graphics on my worksheets. I think it better explains concepts and is easier to understand.” — Emma, Geography Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) Facilitator

For More Information

These are only some of the possible actions you can take to engage international students and scholars. Please contact Marina Uehara, Education Program Specialist for Student Engagement & Intercultural Initiatives, to discuss your needs and identify possible actions.

Want to do more? Contact ISSS now!