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VCU launches Peace Corps Prep Program

Virginia Commonwealth University has become one of only 25 institutions across the nation to participate in the Peace Corps Prep program. This program, administered through VCU Globe, the university’s global education living-learning program, will enable VCU to offer an enhanced academic and service-based program that prepares students for entry into the Peace Corps and other positions in international development. The Peace Corps Prep program was officially launched at a reception on Nov. 19 in VCU’s West Grace Student Housing – North residence hall, home to VCU Globe. More than 100 VCU students, faculty, staff, administrators, Peace Corps representatives, returned Peace Corps volunteers and community members were in attendance.

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Special Announcement:
GEO statement on Ebola outbreak

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In light of the outbreak of Ebola in some African nations, the VCU Global Education Office and Division of Student Affairs are reaching out to students and scholars with personal, geographic or cultural ties to affected areas and to anyone with concerns. If you are planning travel to any of the currently affected countries — Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone — please consult Student Health before you travel and again upon returning to VCU.

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VCU InSight features GEO’s FFACE Program

FFACE program Featured on InSight

VCU InSight features the Friendship Family and Cultural Exchange program, exploring the opportunities VCU international students have to connect with the community.

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Global Visiting Scholar researches Sustainable Supply Chains in
Sub-Saharan Africa

Global Visiting Scholar researches Sustainable Supply Chains in Sub-Saharan Africa

Joseph Miemczyk, Ph.D., H.D.R., associate professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management at Audencia Nantes Ecole de Management in Nantes, France has joined the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business as a Global Visiting Scholar. The Global Visiting Scholar award, offered by the VCU Global Education Office, supports departments or schools in hosting an international scholar for a semester or academic year who will contribute to enriching the learning and scholarship of the unit.

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Promoting Undergraduate Research

Undergrad Research Fellows

As the crisp days of autumn rapidly approach, summer feels like a distant memory. But for three undergraduate students at Virginia Commonwealth University, research projects conducted over the summer continue to make a significant impact as the fall semester takes shape. Through the Global Education Office (GEO) Undergraduate Research Fellowship, hosted by the VCU Office of Research Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), junior Ling-lin Ku, and seniors Samantha Correa and Siobhan Gray participated in research projects which enabled them to engage significantly with international cultures while simultaneously building their research skills. GEO awarded $1,500 to each student and $500 to each of their mentors in order to complete these projects.

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Education Abroad Scholarships Available

Education Abroad Scholarships

For some students, the dream of studying abroad can become an illusion when they consider the financial implications of doing so. But the Virginia Commonwealth University Global Education Office is helping students make their study abroad dream a reality by providing Education Abroad scholarships. The Education Abroad office offers six different scholarship opportunities that award between five hundred and two thousand dollars each to help students study around the world.

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Guest speaker kicks off National Hispanic Heritage Month with a dash of salsa

Juana Bordas

When the speaker entered the auditorium dancing to “Oye Como Va,” urging the audience to join her as she made her way to the front, it was clear this wasn’t going to be just any presentation. Award-winning Latina author and activist Juana Bordas spoke to nearly 100 people on Tuesday evening at the launch of Virginia Commonwealth University’s first ever campuswide celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Eighteen projects receive Quest Global Impact Awards to advance VCU global priorities

Quest Global Impact Awards 2014

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Global Education Office has awarded Eighteen grants of up to $20,000 to projects that support the university’s global priorities to improve the recruitment and retention of international students and scholars, increase the global engagement of VCU students and faculty, and expand VCU’s global footprint through research, teaching and global engagement.

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VCU celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Juana Bordas

To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, VCU’s Global Education Office, Division of Community Engagement, Division for Inclusive Excellence and Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, in collaboration with Sacred Heart Center, will host award winning Latina author and activist Juana Bordas on Sept. 16. The event will be held at 7pm in the VCU School of Engineering West Hall, Room 101, 601 W. Main St., Richmond, Va.

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Globe welcomes 2014 cohort

VCU Globe 2014

VCU Globe welcomed 90 VCU students into its second cohort during a two-day orientation on August 18-19. Throughout the orientation, students were introduced to each other and program administrators through various activities that included ice-breakers and a meet-and-greet session, as well as participated in university-wide orientation events. The program, which aims to prepare students to navigate among global communities at home, abroad and in personal and professional contexts hosts students from more than 34 majors across the university.

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VCU welcomes new international students for fall 2014

International Student Orientation 2014

Virginia Commonwealth University and the VCU Global Education Office were pleased to welcome nearly 200 new international students for the fall 2014 semester at International Student Orientation on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 in the Academic Learning Commons.

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A truly international research university

China Visit

A few weeks ago, I had the profound honor of representing Virginia Commonwealth University in China, a trip focused on creating and strengthening strategic partnerships with the leading universities in the world’s most populated nation.

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Making connections

FFACE

Friendship Family and Cultural Exchange connects international students and Richmond-area residents.

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VCU collaborates with Univille University on research

Dr. Sarrett

For four years, Dr. Ruben Garcia, professor of dentistry, has traveled from Univille University Dental School in Joinville, Brazil to the VCU School of Dentistry in the name of research.

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Special Announcement for Students and Scholars

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In light of the recent unsettling events in Iraq, the VCU Global Education Office and Division of Student Affairs are reaching out to our students and scholars with personal, geographic or cultural ties to the Iraq region.

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Giving Back to the Community

Arts in the Alley

VCU international students volunteered with Arts in the Alley helping to paint six murals on the walls of Richmond’s Hospital Hospitality House. The event, which was coordinated by the VCU Global Education Office, was designed to help international students connect to the local community and to help enrich their experience in Richmond.

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Advancing Global Health

Global Health Scholars

For many students, summer is a time to slow down. But for three Virginia Commonwealth University medical students, this summer is a time to forge ahead and begin laying foundations for their careers in global health.

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Visiting scholar researches palliative and end-of-life care at VCU

Visiting Scholar Jane Seymour and Brian Cassel

Jane Seymour, Ph.D., professor of palliative and end-of-life studies in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy at the University of Nottingham, traveled to Virginia Commonwealth University from the United Kingdom in April to begin her summer-long appointment as a VCU Global Visiting Scholar.

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Global Visiting Scholar inspires VCU film students

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From a one-minute trailer titled “Amber from Below” to the 25-minute feature film, “Outside of Virginia,” the capstone projects of 12 seniors in the Department of Photography and Film at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts are as different as the students themselves. But all of these works have one thing in common: They were guided by acclaimed Canadian documentary filmmaker Caroline Martel

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ELP graduates celebrate at Spring 2014 graduation ceremony

ELP Spring 2014 Graduation

GEO congratulates the VCU English Language Program Class of 2014 at its spring graduation.

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Volunteers recognized for contributions to the VCU international community

Volunteer Reception

The Global Education Office acknowledged and thanked more than 70 community and student volunteers at its 2014 Volunteer Appreciation Reception. Special recognition was given to Outstanding Volunteers Sasha Finch and Jim Vigeant, and Outstanding Student Volunteer Cydni Gordon for their contributions to the international community at VCU.

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Second Annual Global Health Showcase promotes service, advocacy

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More than 80 students, faculty and staff gathered in the Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Building for the second annual Global Health Showcase on April 1. This event is designed to engage the VCU community in discussions about current international outreach efforts focused on improving health outcomes internationally.

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Seven VCU Faculty to Create Teaching and Research Linkages in Durban, South Africa

Faculty Development Seminar winners

The Global Education Office, in collaboration with the Division of Community Engagement, is pleased to announce participants in the second annual Faculty Development Seminar. The 2014 seminar will be hosted by VCU strategic partner, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa from August 1-15.

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GEO in the News: Foreign-born residents find jobs, sense of home in region

(Richmond Times Dispatch, 3-24-14)
Map showing international population in Richmond

The Global Education Office is featured in this recent Richmond Times Dispatch article about the increasing population of foreign-born Richmond residents and the economic opportunities provided by greater diversity.

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Students Share Study Abroad Stories in Creative Ways

Panorama storytelling event

About 50 VCU students gathered in the West Grace North Residence Hall Fireplace Lounge to share stories about their travels abroad at the VCU Education Abroad office's PanoRAMa. Promoted every semester by the Education Abroad office, this storytelling event is designed to encourage students to participate in cultural exchange and to provide them with a forum to talk with their peers about their travels. The stories ranged from tales about extreme backpacking in New Zealand to being chased by monkeys on the beach while studying in Nicaragua. Exchange students currently studying at VCU told stories about funny cultural misunderstandings and what it is like to be an international student in the United States. The Education Abroad office’s student ambassadors served as judges and awarded three prizes for the most entertaining stories.

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VCU Joins Coalition to Double Number of Students Who Study Abroad

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Virginia Commonwealth University has pledged to join the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. VCU has committed to double the number of its undergraduate students who study abroad over the next five years by growing study abroad stipend support by 20 percent, launching new major awards for academic units that develop study abroad programs designed for their disciplines and developing a fundraising plan to support a series of endowed scholarships dedicated to supporting study abroad.

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VCU International Students the Make Dean's List, Fall 2013

International students make the Dean's List, Fall 2013

VCU's international students who made the Dean's List in Fall 2013 attend a reception held in celebration of their achievement.

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VCU Globe Hosts Inaugural Global Engagement Series

VCU Globe Global Engagement Series

VCU Globe hosted its inaugural Global Engagement Series which brought together students from the university’s global education living-learning program, international scholars from Kazakhstan who are studying at VCU in the Bolashak Scholarship program, and VCU Humphrey Fellows for an engaging discussion about about the cultural experience five international visitors are having while participating in a professional development program at VCU.

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GEO Congratulates ELP Fall 2013 Graduates!

ELP 2013 Fall Graduation

Students of the English Language Program celebrate as they become Fall 2013 graduates of the program.

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GEO in the News: VCU Holds Tribute to Nelson Mandela (WRIC,12/11/13)

VCU holds Tribute to Nelson Mandela

VCU's tribute to Nelson Mandela coordinated by GEO, the Black Education Association, and the department of African American Studies is covered by local news station, WRIC-Channel 8.

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President Rao, VCU Globe Students Meet for "Fireside Chat"

Dr. Roa and Globe students at fireside chat

More than 30 VCU Globe students gathered in the "fireside lounge" of the new West Grace North Residence Hall with VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D. last Wednesday night to discuss topics ranging from increasing engagement with international students on campus to ensuring safe working conditions in factories around the world.

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VCU Jazz performs at the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service

VCU Jazz performs at Mandela memorial

VCU Jazz has been invited to perform at the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service Wednesday, December 11 at The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. VCU’s joint project with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, "A Jazz Bridge to Greater Understanding,” co-sponsored by the VCU Global Education Office, VCUarts, and VCU Music, is a long standing international collaboration among students at VCU and UKZN, which has led to the musical contribution this week.

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VCU Hosts Visit from Embassy of Mexico

Mexican Consulate Visits VCU

Consul Anibal Gomez Toledo, Head of the Consular Office of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC visited Virginia Commonwealth University to discuss opportunities for collaboration in higher education between Mexico and the U.S. on December 6. “There are many industries in which we can increase U.S-Mexico relations, but there is a true window of opportunity in education,” Gomez said. During his visit with leaders in the Global Education Office, the group discussed the potential for increasing student exchange through the current VCU partnership with the University of Guadalajara and through its membership in the International Student Exchange Program.

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VCU Welcomes First Group of Globe Students

Weeks before most VCU students returned to campus for the start of the fall semester, the corner of West Grace and South Shafer streets was already abuzz as students and their families unloaded belongings in preparation for the new school year. The students were part of the first class of 54 sophomores in the new VCU Globe global education living-learning community, and they were eager to get a look at their new rooms in the new West Grace Street Student Housing-North. “Today’s increasingly globalized and interconnected world means that tomorrow’s graduate in any field needs a new set of skills,” said R. McKenna Brown, Ph.D., executive director of the Global Education Office at VCU. “This program gives students an understanding of the causes of globalization and its impact on communities everywhere and fosters intercultural learning through sustained interactions with international students and community members in Richmond.”

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Study Abroad Service-Learning Offers Fresh Perspective on Immigration

Virginia Commonwealth University's Global Education Office has a long legacy of offering students unique, life-enhancing study abroad experiences. This summer, GEO added a dimension to its education abroad opportunities by offering a study abroad program that not only allowed students to participate in language and cultural immersion, but in community service projects at the same time.

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Expanding Horizons: VCU's Inaugural Faculty Development Seminar

Two weeks in a foreign land are certain to change ones perspective on the world. And for the eight VCU faculty and staff who participated in the Global Education Office’s Inaugural Faculty Development Seminar, this was no exception.

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GEO announces Winners of 2013 International Strategic Initiative Awards

The ISIA program funds proposals from academic units to develop new programming in support of the internationalization goals set forth in VCU's strategic plan, Quest for Distinction.

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VCU Launches New Global Education Living-Learning Program

The vision of VCU's strategic plan, Quest for Distinction continues to become a reality with the launch of VCU Globe, a global education living-learning community.

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Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission Visit Highlights Student Success at VCU

Virginia Commonwealth University Saudi Student Organization, Global Education Office, and Office of Strategic Enrollment Management hosted delegates from the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) on Apr. 24-25.

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VCU Global Health Symposium Promotes Awareness, Collaboration

Building awareness and developing opportunities for collaboration was the theme of the VCU Global Health Symposium on Apr. 27 when more than 60 students, faculty and staff gathered at the Hermes L. Kontos Medical Science Building to engage in discussion about international outreach focused on improving health outcomes around the globe.

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VCU men's basketball coach Shaka Smart visits Global Education Office's International Cafe

VCU Men's Basketball head coach Shaka Smart made a surprise guest appearance to a group of more than 100 VCU students from around the world last week. The visit was part of Global Education Office's International Caf&e acute; .

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Thinking Globally, Acting Locally VCU International Community Volunteers in Henrico County

Thirty-four members of Virginia Commonwealth University's international community participated in the food packaging event hosted by international relief organization "Stop Hunger Now" last month at the First Presbyterian Church in Richmond.

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VCU international partnership provides collaboration opportunity for School of Engineering students

In the field of engineering, collaboration is an expected part of the design process. But for four VCU undergraduates in the School of Engineering, that process involved a unique international experience that brought a broadened world view and a deeper knowledge of their respective fields.

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