January News and Events from Global Initiatives
January News and Events from Global Initiatives
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Hi, there!
Happy 2022!  As the spring semester begins, we invite you to check out Global Initiatives news, programs, and events that will start the year off right!

COVID-19 Campus Reminder

Staff can meet with students in-person, but will also continue to meet remotely via phone, Zoom or Google Meet, if preferred. Miami University requires face coverings indoors at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

Project Dragonfly Opportunities

Sunrise in the Vizcaino Desert, Baja, Mexico Earth Expeditions students in Baja engage in a sunrise paddleboard before a full day of field methods and marine investigations.
Left: Miami University GFP graduate student Jawnie Payne of Antioch, Tenn., and her fellow students stopped to watch the sunrise as they traveled through Baja, California, to study desert and marine ecosystems. Winner of best photo in the "Community - International" category of Dragonfly's 2021 Photo Contest.
Right: Earth Expeditions students in Baja engage in a sunrise paddleboard before a full day of field methods and marine investigations. Photo by EE Baja instructor José-Ignacio Pareja.
Earth Expeditions are Miami University study abroad courses designed for people at all stages of their life and career who are looking for inspiring professional development opportunities while earning graduate credit*. All courses engage with grassroots conservation and sustainability programs that are making a difference.
Applications for Project Dragonfly's Earth Expeditions field courses that occur online and in Africa, Asia, and the Americas are due January 28, 2022. Earn graduate credit or a full global master's degree.
Current Miami University graduate students and select undergraduates are eligible to apply!
*Miami University discounts tuition to make these experiences possible for a broad range of professionals.
Learn More and Apply: Earth Expeditions

Global Faculty Research Profile: Kate Dannies

Assistant Professor Kate Dannies (Global and Intercultural Studies/International Studies) discusses her research focusing on on Turkey during the World War I-era Ottoman Empire. She is currently a 2021-2022 Fulbright U.S. Scholar at the American Research Institute in Istanbul and Ankara, focusing on how Turkey’s gender politics, family law and relationships, social welfare policies, and other cultural elements were affected and disrupted by the decline of the regime.
Read More: Kate Dannies

Critical Language Scholarship Semi-Finalists Announced

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Four Miami students were named semi-finalists for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, an intensive overseas summer language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities.
Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.
Read More: CLS Semi-Finalists

Enroll Now! International Talent Force Certificate Program

International students who want to elevate their career skills are invited to enroll in the new International Talent Force Certificate program
  • Learn about the internship and job application process
  • Perfect your elevator pitch
  • Gain a certificate and win PRIZES upon completion!
Questions? Contact Anastasia Mihailov, Assistant Director of Global Career Development, Center for Career Exploration and Success.
Submission deadline: February 6, 2022.
Enroll in the International Talent Force Certificate Program

Upcoming Webinar: Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2023-24

Chawky Frenn, U.S. Scholar to India, 2017
Next month, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program will launch their 2023-24 competition. Hundreds of awards across all world regions will allow academics as well as professionals and artists to teach, research, and carry out professional projects abroad.
Interested faculty and staff are invited to attend a webinar, "The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program: Opportunities for 2023-24" that will highlight opportunities open to applicants in the Fulbright U.S. Scholar competition.
Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | 2-3 p.m., Eastern Standard Time
Register for the Webinar

Reminder: Enter the Miami Lingua Mater Competition!

Miami Lingua Mater Competition
Can you translate Miami’s Alma Mater and/or Fight Song into your mother tongue, a language you are learning/have learned at Miami, or ASL and sing/sign it? Students and alumni are invited to translate our Alma Mater and/or Fight Song and submit a performance video.
Submission deadline: February 25, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. USA Eastern Time
Read More: Miami Lingua Mater Competition

Apply for the UniDiversity Scholarship

The UniDiversity Scholarship offers support for underrepresented students, with a preference for Latino/Latina students. Two scholarships up to $350 will be awarded this year. Interested students are invited to submit a statement of need detailing the way in which you would choose to use the scholarship and how it would benefit your academic and personal journey. Applicants are also encouraged to share about your various identities and how they have impacted your time at Miami.
Submission deadline: March 1, 2022.
Selected recipients will be notified by April 1, 2022.
Apply Now: UniDiversity Scholarship

Come Work With Us!

International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) is seeking a full-time Program Manager to support the development and delivery of comprehensive and effective orientation and transition programming for new undergraduate and graduate international students, as well as on-going high-impact programs, activities, and excursions to help international students integrate into the Miami University community. The Program Manager will take the lead on liaising with international student organizations and hiring and training International Peer Orientation Leaders (iPOLs). The Program Manager will also assist with the facilitation of activities and excursions for participants of non-credit international programs.
Learn More: ISSS Program Manager
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Kimberly Miller

Welcome Kimberly Miller!

This month, Global Initiatives welcomed the new assistant director of MUDEC, Kimberly Miller, to the staff. Based in Oxford, Kimberly is a MUDEC alum, and she is excited to get to work.
In addition to supporting our current students, Kimberly invites students and families who are interested in future MUDEC experiences to join her at one of these upcoming virtual info sessions:
  • 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 2 
  •  4 p.m., Thursday, March 31
luxembourg info sessions summer abroad away. march 1 deadline for most programs apply to become an iPOL
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