January 2020 Newsletter for Faculty and Staff
Partnership Supports
International Student Mental Health

   The Center for International Affairs and University Health and Counseling Services are collaborating to better support CWRU's international students' mental health. The two received a grant from the Office of Student Affairs to create the International Student Mental Health Lecture Series - focused on improving the experience of CWRU's international students through the continuing education of staff responsible for offering them support services.
   The lecture series kicked off this month with a presentation by Justin Chen, MD, MPH executive director and co-founder of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness. Dr. Chen presented to CWRU staff and faculty who work with international students about cultural differences that impact mental health and best practices for supporting these students. 
   The goal is to make this an annual series of mental health lectures to continue the collaboration between the Center for International Affairs and University Health and Counseling Services. 
Study Abroad Walk-In Advising Begins Today
CWRU's Office of Education Abroad is starting walk-in advising for students starting this week. Study abroad advisors will be available every Friday from 12:30 - 2:00 pm in the Center for International Affairs (Tomlinson Hall, room 143).
The advisors hope to use this time to work with students who have already had an initial advising appointment and are looking for guidance on finances, course approvals or an existing study abroad application. However, the advisors will also be available to help students schedule an initial advising appointment during walk-in hours as well. 
Any faculty member who would like to have a returned study abroad student give a 5 minute presentation to their class about studying abroad as a CWRU student can click on the button below.
Assistant Provost Featured in Article on Global Rankings Trend
CWRU's Assistant Provost for International Affairs, Molly Watkins, is featured in NAFSA's latest International Educator's magazine with her take on the global rankings trend and its impact on higher education. NAFSA is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. Watkins leads the international rankings efforts at CWRU and explained that global rankings can be a meaningful tool, "The attention given to global rankings can present an opportunity for international educators to utilize data and global measures to encourage more international partnerships, to measure faculty collaborations in research and publications, and to develop deep global relationships to help construct and maintain the university brand."
Get to Know the Center Staff
    Briana Jewers is the Department Assistant for the Center for International Affairs and the newest addition to the staff. She oversees the front desk, answering phone calls and questions from students and anyone who visits the Center, while making sure everyone who does feels welcome. Jewers also provides general support for all three of the Center’s offices: Global Strategy, International Student Services and Education Abroad. 
   Her interest in international education began while she was studying abroad in London. “In my interactions with international educators, both at my home institution and abroad, I was struck by each person’s sense of fulfillment and satisfaction in their roles,” she said. 
   Jewers turned that interest into a career by working for a third party study abroad provider where she was able to evaluate the study abroad student experience and work to improve programs and further access and participation of underrepresented students. 
   “Working to help students thrive in new environments and cultures is what I love most and I firmly believe that international education will lead to a brighter, more understanding future. I’m happy to continue my career in this field here at CWRU,” said Jewers.
   She looks forward to meeting faculty and staff who visit the Center and will be there to greet them! 

Student Global Perspectives
Lucy Borivenpaisal is an international student majoring in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism at CWRU. She shares how she embraced campus life by getting involved in various organizations - even when doing so was intimidating - and how her experience studying in the U.S. changed her career path and her world view.  You can read about her life on campus, view pictures from her time at CWRU and watch her Global Perspective video here.
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April 5
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