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IEW Program 2022

Global Symposium

The Inn at Virginia Tech, Ballroom

breakfast will be served (please register!)

8:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks

9:00 a.m. Keynote, Leann Poirier (CLAHS, 2016)

Leann Poirier, graduate of Virginia Tech International Studies and French Programs, will speak on the role that international experiences and engagement in international education programs have played in her career.

Leann Poirier

Concurrent Panels

Conference rooms, The Inn at Virginia Tech

Please register in advance. All are welcome!

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Virginia Tech Global Symposium panel discussions will highlight global education activities of VT faculty, staff, and students. Each panel will share of recent activities that contribute to the university's global mission, organized around a specific theme. 

Panel 1: How do you internationalize your research and curriculum? A discussion of best practices for faculty. 

  • Identifying and building partnerships for international research
  • Articulating the value of international work in promotion and tenure
  • Acquiring external grants for international research
  • Conducting research abroad in an ethical manner

Panel 2: Study Abroad 101. 

Join the Global Education Office, faculty and graduate student program leaders, and students who will describe their recent experiences with a range of short and longer-term study abroad programs. 

Intercultural Competence - Interactive Workshop

Newman Library, Multipurpose Room (ground level)

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

What is intercultural competence? How can it be assessed? How do we best develop intercultural competence inside and outside of the classroom? This session will  discuss lessons learned in teaching and assessing intercultural competence and engage participants in several intercultural learning activities. Advanced registration encouraged. First 10 individuals to register and attend the workshop will be offered their own personal intercultural competence assessment with the Intercultural Developmental Inventory (IDI).

Kandyan Dance Workshop with Chitrasena Ensemble  

School of Performing Arts Dance Center, 460 Turner Street NW

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

In this introductory class with Chitrasena Dance Ensemble, learn about the origins and contemporary practice of the Kandyan dance form, basic movement technique and phrases, and body-training specific to Sri Lanka.  One of the premier dance ensembles performing today, the ensemble’s daily life of intensive training brings to the stage compelling, captivating performances that are at once sensual and lyrical. Space is limited: register in advance!

International Students Perspectives Panel

Newman Library, room 207a

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 

refreshments will be served

Learn from current international undergraduate and graduate students at Virginia Tech about their experiences living and studying away from home. The panel discussion will also explore the identity and worldview development of the panelists as internationals students in the U.S.

Fulbright: Ask Me Anything Forum

These two sessions will feature Fulbright alumni sharing how to prepare for the application cycle. Panelists will discuss award opportunities, the selection process, and answer audience questions. 

Fulbrights for Faculty: Research, Teaching, and Administrative

Virtual session. Please register and join the session on Zoom.

1:00 - 2:00 pm


Fulbrights for Students and Recent Graduates

Newman Library, room 207a

light refreshments will be served

2:00 - 3:00 pm 


Five Recipes, Five Continents

Wallace Hall Test Kitchen

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Co-sponsored with the Food Matters student organization. Space is limited in the test kitchen, so advanced registration is required. This session will celebrate five recipes that cross national, political, and/or cultural boundaries with delicious results. Participants will prepare and eat a meal together, ingredients and cooking instruction provided!

Dance of Nations

Haymarket Theater, Squires Student Center

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Sponsored by the Council of International Student Organizations with support from the Cranwell International Center.


Multilingual Open Mic

Newman Library, room 207a

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Light refreshments will be served.

The multilingual open mic will feature poems and texts in languages other than English. Bring a favorite text to read in your favorite language and if you wish, bring a translation and invite a friend!


Diversity and Belonging across Cultures

Newman Library Multipurpose Room

9:00 - 11:00 am

Light brunch to be served. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to join for a facilitated conversation and activities to explore topics such as race, gender, and stereotypes within our own community and around the globe. Join us for an opportunity to learn more about each other and ourselves. Presented by the Cranwell International Center, and the Cultural and Community Centers. The panel will be facilitated by Dr. Bing, Director of LGBTQ+ Resource Center.