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Global studies assistant director to present at international conference

Raine de Campeau, assistant director of the Office of Global Studies, will co-present at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators 2011 conference.

The largest nonprofit professional association dedicated to international education in the world, the NAFSA conference will host over 8,000 participants in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Her session, “Innovate your pre-departure orientation to engage students and enhance intercultural learning,” was selected from over 160 proposals for the 30 slots available in the education abroad field.

Co-presented with Maria Mantey, program manager of short-term education abroad programs at the University of St. Thomas, the presentation will outline how St. Kate’s and St. Thomas—Upper Midwest Association for Intercultural Education (UMAIE) member schools—have enhanced pre-departure programming with digital media to engage students.

They have transitioned programs from a traditional "what you need to know" orientation to a context-rich orientation that supports the dynamic nature of preparing for intercultural travel and learning.

The new multi-level model is entirely on-line with a self-study, quiz, and webinar session.

They operated this new model for the first time this past year and will outline the project to date, challenges and positive outcomes and best practices. They will also discuss ongoing faculty training and development.

The session is 8-9 a.m., Thursday, June 2 in West Room 211 of the Vancouver Convention Centre. For more about the conference, visit the NAFSA 2011 Conference and Expo website.

May 31, 2011 by Julie Michener

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