Diversity & Inclusion Highlighted at NAFSA 2016
Preparing Tomorrow’s Globally Competent Citizens & Professionals
Ten thousand international educators from around the world recently converged at the Colorado Convention Center for the spring NAFSA 2016 Association of International Educators conference, the largest annual event of its kind. The goal? To sharpen focus on best practices, emerging trends, and new programs designed to prepare tomorrow’s generation of globally competent citizens and professionals. At the top of the list was an interest in how to maximize educational approaches in increasingly diverse classrooms of first-generation college students, minority populations, and international students.
On April 21, 2016, the University of Colorado Denver celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Rosa Parks Diversity Award, honoring staff, students and community members for their dedication to promoting diversity, inclusion, and unity. Among the six award recipients was Tayud Mongkolrat, a sophomore in anthropology, who was born in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
When Mongkolrat was a young teenager, his family moved to Colorado so that his mother could pursue a PhD in Special Education. Mongkolrat was somewhat familiar with social activism – several of his family members in Thailand had fought for the rights of social equality and religious diversity – but when he came to the United States, he gained a true understanding of what this meant.
ESL Specialists Encourage International Students’ Viewpoints
Heun (Ann) An
Home Country: Korea
ESL Academy, alumna, Pre-Engineering/Computer Science
When Heun An received her undergraduate degree in International Relations from a university in her home country of Korea, she wondered what should be her next step. Heun was serious about developing a rewarding career in the computer industry and, at the same time, she felt a tug from her classically artistic side. While visiting her mother in China, where her mother was studying Chinese grammar, Heun received advice from “my mentor”, one of her mother’s American friends.
“My mentor encouraged me to visit Denver and feed my artistic passion,” said Heun. She researched universities online and decided that the University of Colorado Denver’s ESL Academy was indeed “where I needed to focus next.”
Indonesian Engineering Student Meets Educational Goals at CU Denver
BS, Mechanical Engineering
Why did you want to enroll in enroll in the University of Colorado Denver and how did you hear about us?
I came to the U.S.A. to broaden my experiences as well as advance my educational goals. I came to Colorado after earning my associate’s degree at Green River Community College in Washington. I didn’t know much about Colorado before coming here; my older brother helped me, he actually earned his degree and is working in Australia. I wanted the option to focus on refrigeration within my mechanical engineering major.
Through Hard Work and a Little Help from CU Denver, Thai Alumna Rises to Success
University of Colorado Denver Alumna
MBA, Business School
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER?
Originally, I first heard about CU Denver when I did an Auditing class during my undergrad with a professor at Assumption University who is also an alumni of CU Denver Business School. He shared his valuable experience with the school and his life in Denver which inspired me to come here. After I decided to go back to school, I looked at options for an AACSB-accredited graduate business school and for a degree program that I could finish within a year. CU Denver stood out as one of my top choices.
International Students Excel in ESL Academy Level 5
During the last week of September, fourteen international students at the University of Colorado Denver’s ESL Academy presented commendable research presentations on topics ranging from cloud computing to music therapy to causes of oil fluctuation worldwide to solving the effects of acid rain on the environment. The students, who came from diverse global regions, were able to develop presentations specific to their chosen major and gain a deeper look into their career field.
Student Enjoys Educational and Outdoor Experiences in Colorado
Undergraduate student, Information Systems/Business Administration
University of Colorado Denver
Why did you want to enroll in enroll in the University of Colorado Denver?
I heard about this college as a senior, I had some friends who were studying at the university. I did some research because I was still not sure about the university – it was totally new environment for me. I discovered that it is one of the best universities in Colorado and they have experienced and friendly professors. The atmosphere of the university is really awesome, people over here are very friendly. You do not feel like an outsider. It’s a quite amiable and cordial place to be and to study.
University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Serves City's Internationalization Efforts
As Pulitzer Prize winning author Thomas L. Friedman stated in his landmark book, The World Is Flat, "…more people in more places can now compete, connect and collaborate with equal power and equal tools than ever before." America's most rapidly growing cities (Denver, Colorado, jumped to #6 in the Forbes 2014 rankings) are fueled, in part, by the expansion of international business and research collaborations.
The Value of a Global Education
“Having a global education and understanding others will help you to communicate better, to be more open-minded,”
explained Husain Ashknani, a student from Kuwait enrolled in the pre-dentistry program at the University of Colorado Denver. He is now being joined at the university by other fellow students from Kuwait following the recent announcement by the Kuwait Cultural Office – Los Angeles that the University of Colorado Denver is a fully approved university recognized by the government of the State of Kuwait.
IIE & EducationUSA International Delegation at University of Colorado Denver
A delegation of distinguished international visitors toured the University of Colorado Denver’s ESL Academy and Business School on February 16 to engage in lively rounds of questions and answers about industry-education innovation incubators, potential international educational partnerships, customized English language instruction, and many other topics. The guests included leadership from international universities and government agencies representing India, Vietnam, Brazil, Colombia, Philippines, Bangladesh, South Africa, Ghana, and Mexico. Hosted by StudyColorado, a program under the Colorado Department of Higher Education, the group was part of a U.S. Department of State EducationUSA Leadership Institute, designed to explore opportunities for capacity building and international industry-education collaboration.