think: international CWRU Newsletter, November 6, 2015


News and Announcements 

Global Talk Series 2015-2016 

International Student Success Series: Fall 2015 Schedule 

International Education Week 2015
Immigration: Beyond Borders

France on Campus award for student organizations: Grant Proposal due Nov. 22

West Virginia State University and the University of Sharjah announce "Solutions for a Better LIfe: Future Leadership Conference." Call for papers; Due Nov 20

Russia-USA University Partnership Program Funding Opportunity

Competition OPEN: Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Seminars:
  • The International Education Administrators (IEA) seminars help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. Grantees have the opportunity to learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues.  Grant Duration is two weeks.
  • Japan and Korea:    November 2, 2015
  • France and Germany: February 1, 2016
Call for Reviewers: Core Fulbright Scholar Program and Fulbright Specialist Program -
CIES is currently seeking Fulbright Scholar alumni across different disciplines for review committees.



Center for International Affairs
Tomlinson Hall, Room 143
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7031

The Center for International Affairs provides leadership, expertise, and support to the Case Western Reserve University community, cultivating a dynamic international presence and inspiring a culture of global understanding and responsibility.


International Education Week


“International education is not just about physically crossing borders, but also about thinking globally in local situations.” (Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs)

The Center for International Affairs is proud to celebrate International Education Week, November 16-20 and highlight the diversity of cultural events taking place in our own neighborhood.

International Education Week is a national celebration of the benefits of international education and global exchange. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education is an effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

This year, CWRU has chosen Immigration: Beyond Borders as our theme. Along with numerous collaborators, we have developed a variety of exciting and informative events for faculty, staff, students and community members.  While the full scope of our exciting events are listed on our
website, we have daily signature events focusing on our theme. We hope the events will help to stimulate cultural understanding in our local community and foster an inclusive worldview. Join us for the celebration!

Signature Events

Around the World: Kickoff Event;
2:00-5:00pm, The Quad

You can’t miss the huge world banner on the Quad, and you won’t want to miss contributing to it. Come and make a custom button to place from where you are from or where you want to go. Watch the buttons populate all week and come pick up yours at the end of IEW.

Discuss Cuba with Ambassador (Ret.) Vicki Huddleston
The U.S. & Cuba: Can the Best of Enemies Kiss and Make Up?
2:00pm, Tomlinson Lobby

As the U.S. and Cuba forge a new path of diplomacy and cooperation, Ambassador (Ret.) Vicki Huddleston, Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana from 1999-2002 and a leading U.S. expert on U.S.-Cuban relations, will explore what is next for this historically turbulent relationship. Examining the economic, social, and political implications, Huddleson will speak to what challenges await the U.S. as the doors to Cuba finally re-open.

Open Borders? A student immigration policy panel
Moderated by
Jeremy David Bendik-Keymer , Elmer G. Beamer-Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics
4:00-5:00pm, MSASS - 115

As policymakers and the American public debate what the government should do regarding the estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in this country, Case Western Reserve students chime in. Join in and find out how the College Republicans, the College Democrats, the Students for Liberty, and Students for Bernie Sanders, stand on Immigration policy. Listen to different sides explaining the pros and cons of a path to citizenship, DACA, border security, and the economic impact of immigration. Pizza will be provided.

Global Talk: Immigration and the Impact on Economic Innovation
12:00-1:30 pm, Toepfer Room

Join a panel of experts as they discuss the history of immigration and refugee resettlement in the Cleveland area, what the current impact is and what the future may hold. Rich perspectives and immigrant stories will be discussed by John Grabowski, Krieger-Muller Joint Professor in History, Richey Piiparinen, College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, and Hiroyuki Fujita, Quality Electrodynamics. David Fleshler, Associate Provost, will moderate the discussion. Lunch provided with RSVP to

Center for International Affairs Strategic Plan Celebration
4:00-5:00 pm, Tomlinson Lobby

In April 2015, the Case Western Reserve University Faculty Senate voted to endorse the International Affairs Strategic Plan, putting into motion changes to improve on the already remarkable international strengths of the University. This plan is a bold vision to create an environment for students, faculty and staff that meets the challenges of internationalization. Join the center as we unite together to implement these exciting new initiatives in a celebration and reception.


Plan for Internationalization, Phase II

The Center for International Affairs invites the community to a celebration of Phase II of the Case Western Reserve University Plan for Internationalization (Phase II), which was endorsed by the faculty senate in April 2015. The celebration will take place in the lobby of Tomlinson Hall on Friday, November 20, from 4:00-5:00 pm.

Phase II builds on the significant accomplishments of the initial Plan for Internationalization of 2012, which include a 58% increase in undergraduate student study abroad participation, a 32% increase in international student matriculation, and a 100% increase in the percentage of first year undergraduate international students.

"Phase II has a concentrated focus on the international graduate student experience and an emphasis on supporting faculty internationalization efforts," explains David Fleshler, Vice Provost for International Affairs. "Phase II will help move the university towards its objective of fully realizing its international potential."

The Celebration on November 20th, a part of CWRU's International Education Week event programming,  seeks to recognize the university-wide internationalization efforts to date and to kick start the implementation of Phase II.

More information about International Education Week and Phase II of the Plan for Internationalization can be found on our website.


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