August 2019 Newsletter for Faculty and Staff
Welcoming Students from Around the World to CWRU
The spirit of the #YouAreWelcomeHereCWRU campaign greeted the university's incoming international students as soon as they arrived in Cleveland for fall semester. The Center for International Affairs and Orientation Leaders from First-Year Experience and Family Programs showed nearly 100 new members of the CWRU family some Spartan hospitality at the airport by welcoming them with smiling faces, snacks and a place to relax before a charter bus took them to campus for Discover Week. 

Center staff from the Office of International Student Services continued to share the message of welcome throughout the week at orientation events in the schools focused on helping CWRU's new international students transition to life in the U.S. This effort continues with the 
International Student Success Series throughout the academic year.  

And to highlight opportunities for all CWRU students to have an international education experience, staff from the Office of Education Abroad kept busy at the Information Fair and Experiential Education Fair sharing study abroad students' stories and details about programs available around the world. 
A picture of students interacting with CWRU faculty and representatives from international institutions at outdoor tables during the Study Abroad Fair
Spread the Word!
Study Abroad Fair September 6
Studying abroad has measurable benefits for students, and CWRU students of all majors can participate in programs to enhance their educational experience. The Center for International Affairs' Office of Education Abroad will showcase these opportunities at the annual Study Abroad Fair Friday, September 6.
Students will be able to explore their options by speaking with representatives from partner universities across the globe as well as CWRU faculty members who lead short-term study abroad courses. With approximately 175 study abroad programs of varying lengths and types, and the ability to earn any type of CWRU credit while studying abroad, students will be sure to leave the fair excited about the opportunities available to them!
Join us for live music, popcorn, ice cream and more on the Main Quad from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm!
Exploring Opportunities in Ethiopia
The Ethiopian Counsel General of Los Angeles and a delegation of representatives visited CWRU this month on behalf of the Ethiopian Ambassador to discuss opportunities for partnership between the university and Ethiopia. Vice Provost for International Affairs David Fleshler hosted a meeting for the delegation where faculty and staff from across CWRU shared work currently being done in the country and possibilities for future collaboration. The delegation also met with the Provost during the visit. 
The Counsel General expressed real interest in furthering the relationship between institutions in Ethiopia and CWRU and said he will speak with the Ambassador, the Prime Minister and other members of the Ethiopian government to move the relationship forward. Eastern Africa is an area where CWRU is working to grow its collaborations and advancing partnerships in Ethiopia would be beneficial to that effort.
 Get to Know the Center Staff
 Cami Ross is a Study Abroad Advisor in the Center for International Affairs. She helps students navigate the study abroad application process, explore opportunities they may not have thought would fit into their academic schedules and advises students on non-traditional destinations. Ross is also the Office of Education Abroad’s liaison to the LGBT Center.

While Ross has worked in the Center for International Affairs for many years, she recently transitioned into her current role. “Many people across campus interacted with me while I worked immigration and international student support,” said Ross, “I still have a passion for those areas but I am excited about this new opportunity!”

She brings extensive experience to her new position as she studied abroad multiple times during as an undergraduate student including a semester in Wales, a faculty-led program in the Czech Republic and an internship in Hong Kong. She also participated in a faculty-led program in South Africa while working on her MBA.

“My interest in travel, culture and language pushed me towards this career. My experiences abroad helped me understand the obstacles international students face but also the opportunities those experiences continue to provide me both personally and professionally,” said Ross. 

This summer, Ross received a grant through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a university administrator and leader study tour to Germany to explore internationalization best practices and understand the German Higher Education system more thoroughly. She traveled with 22 other grant recipients from universities across the U.S. and Canada including Harvard and MIT. 

Ross says the experience will help her to better advise students about studying abroad in Germany and she also learned about opportunities for other members of the CWRU community. “There are several funding opportunities for faculty, postdocs or graduate students to do research in Germany for one year or less, as well as visiting professorships or collaborative research opportunities,” said Ross. 

She encourages those interested to reach out to her. Ross can be contacted at

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