First Fridays with the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) will return Friday, Oct. 1, for pizza, soft drinks and a collegial discussion on “Creating Community with CWRU International Students.” Elise Geither, associate director of spoken English programs at CWRU, and Marielena Maggio, director of international student services, will lead the discussion.
A recent article in Faculty Focus: Higher Ed Teaching Strategies noted, “approximately one million international students study in the U.S. where they advance science and research in various fields… In response, it is crucial to acknowledge mistakes professors make and how to best avoid these to both welcome and support international students” (February, 2020).
UCITE also suggests it is important to acknowledge the successful strategies faculty are using to improve teaching and learning with our international students. Geither and Maggio will help facilitate a conversation about ways to recognize and address cultural variations in classroom settings and strategies for communicating effectively with international students. Participants will take away ideas to improve engagement with class populations of students representing diverse cultures.
The discussion will take place from 11:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Allen Memorial Medical Library, Herrick Room. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.