Dear Saybrook Community –
Continuing our priority to engage globally, I’m delighted to announce developments in Saybrook’s Global Engagement strategy on this first day of International Education Week. While a lengthier read, I think you'll agree what is transpiring on the international front is truly exciting!
International Education Week is “an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.” Through our Saybrook community, including our partner Universities across the TCS Community, we are proud to offer several opportunities for you to be involved in this important educational experience. Please find the attached list of events, all geared toward internationalizing education, open to all members of the Saybrook Community.
Now, more than ever, globally engaged individuals are ones that can become the critically needed leaders for our communities. When we look back on this point of time in history, it will become increasingly apparent that our institution’s commitment to creating learners with a globally focused, and inter-disciplinary approach is essential. For that reason, I’d like to highlight a ‘marquee’ event that will take place on November 16, (6:30pm Pacific/ 8:30pm Central/ 9:30pm Eastern): the first hosted by our affiliate partners at Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law, that you may join in via Facebook Live during the event: "New President, New Policies: What is the Future of Immigration in the U.S.?" For more information, please go to http://www.collegesoflaw.edu/Events_News/In_the_News/tactaquin.
In honor of International Education Week, I am excited to provide an update on Saybrook’s first ever Faculty Internationalization Grants offered this year. I enjoyed reading the proposals and learning about the interesting global opportunities our faculty are bringing to our Community. As such, I am delighted to announce the recipients of our inaugural grant.
- Dr. Luann Drolc Fortune, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences: Visiting Professor Appointment at The Academy of Integrative Medicine (AIM) – Amsterdam
for her pursuit of a partnership with the The Academy of Integrative Medicine (AIM) in the Netherlands which will create community forums that will focus on mind-body approaches to integrative medicine and reach out to a broader audience with potential to generate prospective students for both CIMHS and AIM.
- Dr. Patrick Steffen, Mind Body Medicine: Training at University of Derby – England
for his initiative to pursue training and mentorship with Paul Gilbert at the University of Derby in England who is a world leader and international expert in mindfulness and compassion based approaches to psychotherapy and bring that training back to the Saybrook Community.
- Dr. Eric Willmarth & Dr. Donald Moss, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences:Hypnosis Training and Practicum Site Development: The American University in Cairo and Blue Lotus Wellness Foundation- Cairo, Egypt
for their initiative to create a 4-day hypnosis workshop for the Blue Lotus Wellness Foundation, provided an initial introduction to the use of hypnosis for improved motivation, health improvement and life coaching and was utilized as the initial step in forming a Mid-East Hypnosis Society as Egypt.
Please welcome me in congratulating these faculty on their initiative and constant passion to ensure that all Saybrook students have a global experience.
In addition to our faculty awards, I am honored to provide an update to the community on two study abroad opportunities currently being offered at Saybrook.
The first is Immigration in Context: Examination of Germany. This course takes a unique cross-disciplinary approach to exploring immigration in our world today. Saybrook has partnered with our TCS affiliate institutions to teach and lead a study abroad course that pairs online didactic learning with an immersion program in Berlin. With both students and faculty from five different institutions, Dr. Kent Becker is our faculty lead and will draw on his experiences with Photovoice to create a unique learning experience for our students. I will join Dr. Becker and our students in Berlin this December and am delighted to share this journey.
We have also launched our first International Residency and Study Abroad hybrid experience for Saybrook students. We are thrilled to support Dr. Charles Piazza as he partners Dr. Jay Finkelman at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and our colleagues in TCS Global Engagement to launch his first of what we hope are many study abroad programs for our students. The course, titled Global Networking & Cultural Intelligence in Context: Examination in Austria, will partner with Krems University in Krems, Austria and provides an opportunity for students to participate in Krems University’s Business Week. This course, which commences January 2017, travelling in March, will also be considered to fulfil residential conference requirements in an international setting! Dr. Carol Humphreys will be leading the charge as we establish this relationship as a long-term site for RC options. Stay tuned!
Through both thought and action, we are honored to report on all that our community is doing to expand our global perspective here and abroad. I encourage you to not only join in on the many exciting events scheduled, but to also highlight international aspects of your academic department during this International Education Week.
If you have additional thoughts or ideas, please feel free to reach out to me or our Global Engagement team.