March 2021 Newsletter for Faculty and Staff

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International Higher Education at a Crossroads

A letter from David Fleshler, Vice Provost for International Affairs
   Much has been written about the future of international higher education in a post-COVID world. Even before March, 2020, new international student enrollment had been declining in the U.S. (see this Inside Higher Education article) with a reported drop of 43% in Fall, 2020 (see IIE Report). Most universities cancelled study abroad for the Fall, 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters; Fall, 2021 is still an unknown. At Case Western Reserve University, while the story is more encouraging than the national data, we still have fewer enrolled international students and COVID-19 forced us to cancel both Fall, 2020 and Spring, 2021 study abroad. While students are signing up to study aboard this coming fall, no one can yet guarantee that they will be able to travel.
   We cannot yet predict what the world will look like once we achieve herd immunity. What we do know is that traditionally after pandemics, pent-up demand means that international student mobility surges (see this article from the Social Science Research Council). At the Center for International Affairs, we are preparing for increased demand - both for international students coming to CWRU and for CWRU students going abroad for study, research and internships. In addition to mobility, we recognize that CWRU needs to continue to strive to adopt comprehensive internationalization as its goal, creating a strategic, coordinated international framework for all of our education and research. 
   Notwithstanding the headwinds faced by international higher education, I believe our community agrees with sentiments of Michael Osterholm, a leading epidemiologist and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. At the recent (virtual) Annual Conference of the Association of International Education Administrators, Osterholm stated “You can’t consider yourself an institution of higher learning unless you understand the importance of international education. To me, that’s like trying to play a baseball game without pitchers. It doesn’t work.”
   We look forward to working with the entire Case Western Reserve University Community in both advancing and implementing our international mission. Like the CWRU Baseball Spartans, we need our pitchers!

Best regards,

David Fleshler
Vice Provost for International Affairs

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Make a Nomination
for the Global Citizen Awards!
   Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate candidates for the 2021 Global Citizen Awards! The annual awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that champion internationalization at Case Western Reserve, enhance the international student experience, and exemplify the university's values of inclusion and diversity.
   The categories include awards for a faculty or staff member, students, student organizations and a campus office. 
   Completed nominations are due by 11:59 pm on Friday, March 26, 2021. To view the award descriptions, the nomination form and last year’s Global Citizen Award winners, visit the link below.
   The winners will be selected by an anonymous committee and announced during a virtual ceremony on Thursday, April 22 at 3 pm which will be shared on the Center for International Affairs’ Facebook page.
   Following the ceremony, the winners will receive framed certificates and be featured on the Center’s website.
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The Future of Immigration, DACA, OPT & Legal Rights
   One of the nation's top authorities on immigration law, David Leopold of Ulmer & Berne, LLP, will speak to the Case Western Reserve community next week about ongoing immigration concerns impacting students, faculty and staff.
   Leopold will cover issues including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Optional Practical Training (OPT) for international students, and the legal rights of those facing immigration challenges in the U.S.
  The virtual event will be livestreamed on Thursday, March 11 at 3 pm and moderated by David Fleshler, Vice Provost for International Affairs.
   The event is jointly hosted by the Center for International Affairs, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity and the Undergraduate Diversity Collaborative.
   Anyone interested in attending can register on CampusGroups at the link below.
Fulbright Impact in the Field EvenFulbright Impact in the Field: Strengthening International Engagement on U.S. Campuses, 8 March, 2021, 11 am ETt  
   Case Western Reserve faculty and staff are invited to attend an event hosted by the Fulbright Program next week.
   The “Fulbright Impact in the Field” panel will convene higher education leaders from across the U.S. for a wide-ranging discussion on international engagement. Panelists will describe how their Fulbright experiences abroad shaped their careers and influenced their outlook on international education.
   They will also share their perspectives on the current challenges and opportunities facing higher education in the U.S., the positive impacts of international engagement, the effects of COVID-19, and how engagement with Fulbright has strengthened the globalization of their respective campuses. The event will be held on Monday, March 8 at 11 am ET. You can register here.

Upcoming Events
Student Global Perspectives
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Mercy Amankwah is an international graduate student from Ghana who came to Case Western Reserve to earn a PhD in applied mathematics. She shares why she chose to study at CWRU, what her experience has been like during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how learning in another country is helping her achieve her career goals.
View her Global Perspective here.

Research & Funding Opportunities

100,000 Strong in the Americas Grants

National Endowment for Democracy

Fulbright Scholar Program

German Academic Service Exchange

Fogarty International Center

Fulbright Program Peer Reviewers
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