Modern Languages Faculty Members Speak at International Educators Conference

Students & Instructors Present the Value of International Study Experiences | December 1, 2009


Members of the Department of Modern Languages collaborated in panel presentations at the National Association of International Educators (NAFSA) regional conference, held in Cincinnati on November 10.
Margaret McDiarmid (Modern Languages and Office of Study Abroad), Cindy Stockwell, (Williams College of Business), along with Jill Reister (International Programs, University of Cincinnati)
 presented a program titled "Leveraging Your Study Abroad Experience.  The session focused on how students can most effectively market an international experience to employers.  A panel of students and recent graduates discussed how their study abroad experience influenced their job search, enhanced their career savvy, and helped them get a meaningful job or internship.  The session also presented strategies for identifying and articulating cross-cultural competence and work-related skills.The student presenters were Marie DeGross (XU 2009, Marketing and French), Steve Busey (XU 2010, International Business), Garrett Davidson (XU 2010, Economics & Accounting), and Jenny Koopman (UC 2005, Spanish & Education).
Dr. Irene Hodgson (Modern Languages), Dr. Anas Malik (Political Science), Dr. Amit Sen (Economics), and senior students Mary Knauff (International Studies) and Tai Piazza (International Business) presented a panel titled "Peer Exchanges in International Service Learning: Crossing Cultures & Disciplines.” They analyzed the experiences with peer exchanges between class groups on the international service learning semesters and classes on the home campus, how this enriches the experience of all involved, as well as challenges faced. They also discussed their recent experience with a three-way exchange among the “Central American Culture and Society” class in Nicaragua and “International Political Economy” and “International Business and Trade” classes on campus.