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ICFRC: Rebuilding International Education in the Wake of COVID-19

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As associate provost and dean, Russel Ganim has the privilege of working closely with exceptional faculty and staff who provide leadership and support for internationally-oriented teaching, research, creative work, and engagement. This is done through International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), Study Abroad, facilitating international partnerships around the world, providing student and faculty funding opportunities, and many other programs and services.

Before coming to International Programs, he served as the director of the UI's Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures from 2011-2019, where he worked to extend and deepen study abroad and other partnership opportunities in East Asia, Europe, Russia, and Latin America. He also served as chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2001-2011, where he oversaw numerous study abroad programs and served a term as head of the University's International Affairs Advisory Committee.

Much of his career has been devoted to shared governance, including serving as chair of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Faculty Assembly, and more recently as president of the UI Faculty Senate.

Russel sees his role in International Programs as one of enhancing collaboration between faculty, staff, students, and senior administration across the university for the benefit of the institution. International education has undergone significant changes in recent months, but it is precisely these collaborations that reinforce our mission and underscore the UI's commitment to promoting the world as our classroom now and in the future.

In this presentation, Russel describes how the response to the coronavirus from offices of international programs nationwide places them in a strong position to rebound from the crisis.

For more information on the Foreign Relations Council visit their website at www.icfrc.org.

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