President Kim Cassidy took her first trip to China this summer, spending a week in late June interacting with the vibrant community of alumnae, parents, and incoming students. Kim was able to experience firsthand this interactive group at the start of her trip when over forty guests gathered for dinner in Shanghai. This group of young alumnae and current students were happy to see one another and take the time to welcome over a dozen incoming first years. During the week Kim traveled to Hangzhou and visited the Wahaha International School where she spoke about the importance of women in STEM. Kim also visited with dignitaries at Zhejiang University which offers a program that supports tri-co students to earn a Master's in China Studies. The trip concluded with a visit to Hong Kong where there was an alumnae lunch event at the China Club attended by Betty Wei Liu (class of ‘53). There was also a Campaign event at the Asia Society, during which the Defy Expectation Campaign video was played and Kim also spoke to a larger audience on her academic research around positive psychology. After Kim returned to the U.S., Kate Morro, Director of International Relations and Principal Giving, held a summer send-off party with alumnae and current students in Beijing. The trip was a great success increasing Bryn Mawr pride and continuing to build a sustainable alumnae network in China.
As we have done for the past six years, Bryn Mawr partnered with Singapore's Nanyang Technological University in offering their International Summer School program in Tianjin, China. Eight Bryn Mawr Students joined a cohort of other students from universities around the world for a five week program of intense learning, travel, and cross-cultural conversation. Students enroll in courses co-taught by faculty from Bryn Mawr and NTU that engage with big comparative questions of ethics, justice, and policy. Study tours also took students to explore Tianjin, Beijing, and Chengde.
The International Summer School is one branch of Bryn Mawr's partnership with Nanyang Technological University. This semester, the College has begun two hosting visiting students for a semester from one of NTU's honors programs, the University Scholars Program, and two are scheduled to come next term. The two institutions also maintain a student exchange program.
- The Thomas Raeburn White (TRW) Scholarships were established by Amos and Dorothy Peaslee in honor of Thomas Raeburn White, Trustee of the College from 1907-1959. The Scholarship program provides funding for summer language instruction, usually abroad (https://www.brynmawr.edu/summerfunding/study-abroad-funding/thomas-raeburn-white-scholarships-foreign-language-study).
- The Judy Loomis Gould Scholarship is administered by the Undergraduate Dean’s Office and the program provides a grant for summer study abroad (https://www.brynmawr.edu/summerfunding/study-abroad-funding/judy-loomis-gould-scholarships-summer-study-abroad).
- The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness (https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program).
Graduate Students Travel for Summer Research
Zach Silvia, graduate student in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, spent six weeks in the Kyzylkum Desert in Uzbekistan excavating a Hellenistic settlement. The project is part of the Uzbek-American Expedition to Bukhara and is a joint collaboration between NYU and the Uzbek Academy of Sciences. Zach acts as the site's topographer, mapping all of the excavation's progress and surrounding landscape; he is also an excavation supervisor and is responsible for excavating the settlement phase of the site.
Professor Montes writes: “For this first visit to San Mateo Ozolco in Puebla, Mexico the aim was to get to know the community, to learn about the history of Potetli, the cooperative producing and commercializing blue-corn-made goods, and to interview members of this cooperative. Together with my research assistant student, Rebeca Salas, we met this cooperative's founder, Jaime, who shared details of this cooperative's origins and how it has evolved from its initial aim of to stop the migration of young people. We were also able to interview additional cooperative members, all of whom have lived in the South Philadelphia area.”
Internationalizing the Classroom: Fostering the Academic Success of Linguistically Diverse Students
Shawna Shapiro, Associate Professor of Writing and Linguistics, Middlebury College, will speak to faculty about the challenges and opportunities we encounter as we strive to create accessible and inclusive learning environments for international and other linguistically diverse students.
The workshop may include such topics as how to scaffold assignments and expectations, how to assess the work of second language writers fairly, and how to ensure that international students are seen and treated as an asset in the classroom. Shapiro is lead author of Fostering International Student Success in Higher Education (2014, TESOL Press) and is well-known for curricular innovation in multilingual classrooms. Her most recent work is in the area of high school to college transitions for immigrant and refugee students.
The speaker has requested questions from participants in advance so that she can be sure to address our interests and concerns. Please RSVP (so that we’ll know if we need to move to a bigger room) to firstname.lastname@example.org and include any topics you would like Shawna to include in the session.
Monday, October 2, 2017
English House Lecture Hall
This event is sponsored by Global Bryn Mawr and The Writing Program.