Continued Collaboration: Spring 2018 International Educators Workshop

This spring, DIS hosted the biannual International Educators Workshop (IEW) at DIS Stockholm, welcoming a wonderful group of education abroad professionals, advisors, and faculty from 16 partner institutions.

The participants experienced a mini-semester in a week. They attended classes and field studies, learned a bit of Swedish, participated in discussion sessions, visited DIS housing options, and met with faculty and current students.

Highlights included a meeting at Swedish Parliament with Rossana Dinamarca, a Chilean exile and Swedish Left Party politician; and a visit to Stockholm’s South Hospital (Södersjukhuset) and Department of Clinical Research, where participants learned more about the hands-on clinical perspective students obtain in the course Translational Medicine: From Bench to Bedside.

Read about the Translational Medicine: From Bench to Bedside Core Course here

DIS faculty welcomed the opportunity to dialogue with partners, discussing their courses, pedagogy, and experiences teaching DIS students. Over half of the participants lived with Homestays, and everyone enjoyed a mysmiddag dinner in a Swedish home. Most of the participants also joined an optional day trip to DIS Copenhagen.

Several participants served on discussion panels throughout the week, including:

‘Dimeji Togunde, Associate Provost of Global Education at Spelman College, served as a leader of the discussion session, “An Ongoing Initiative: Developing a Diversity Strategy.” He provided insights into the work being done at Spelman to engage families and students in conversations about studying abroad. Spelman was recognized with the Senator Paul SimAwardard for campus internationalization last year and 2018 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education Award.

Tina Mangieri, outgoing Associate Dean & Director for the Center of Global Education at Bates and incoming Associate Academic Director at DIS Stockholm, led the discussion session Undergraduate Research at DIS: Opportunities and Engagement. She highlighted the research opportunities available at DIS and engaged participants in a discussion about what their students are looking for when they are interested in doing research abroad.

Monica Schechter, Associate Director of Study Abroad at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, was recognized during the Concluding Dinner for her continued support and long-standing partnership with DIS. Monica attended the IEW with two Cal Poly faculty who provided excellent perspectives and insights during the week.

Tack så mycket to all that attended!

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