Building for the Future: A Comprehensive Model for Establishing an International Programs Office
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 8am - Noon
Royal Sonesta Hotel
Houston, Texas, USA
$200 registration fee*
The honor and burden of building a successful international programs office begins with a clear vision and understanding of the task of not only the international office, but of the institution as a whole. Strategic alignment of goals and activities are then developed in the face of opportunities to create an office focused on student success and the ability to meet the needs of external customers. This workshop is for new or rebuilding Senior International Officers as well as faculty and staff charged with the duty of creating or recreating a lone international “office.” The workshop will focus on how to determine the strategic goals of an international programs office as well as how to create internal and external relationships that facilitate and perpetuate those goals.
I. Overview of the Office of International Programs
- Institutional Commitment
- Mission, Vision, Goals and Global Initiatives
- Strategic Internal and External Partnerships
- Developing Institutional Capacity and Leadership
- Financial Commitment and Responsibilities
o Internationalization of the Institution
o International Relations
o Study Abroad Programs
o International Students
o Workforce Training and Development
II. Hands-on Exercise: How to Develop Your Strategic Plan
Carol P. Fimmen is the District Director of International Programs at Alamo Colleges in San Antonio, Texas. In this capacity, she is responsible all aspects of international affairs. She has extensive experience in collaborating on the future of international education with colleagues from colleges and universities around the world. She has worked on a number of projects dealing with international education, global engagement, capacity building and leadership in higher education.
LaTanya Kurney is the Coordinator of International Relations for Alamo Colleges. In this position she works with international partner institutions to develop dual degree programs, create and promote opportunities for academic and cultural exchange, and serve as a liaison to the five Alamo Colleges for internationalization activities. LaTanya has also presented on globalization at national and international conferences.
Patricia Garza, Coordinator of International Recruitment and Student Services, has more than 16 years’ experience in recruiting students to higher education. She has specialized in recruiting underserved populations and international students. Patricia holds a Bachelor of Art degree from University of Texas-Pan American and a Masters of Education from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Gloria Almeyda de Stemper, Coordinator of International Training & Development for the Alamo Colleges, collaborates with faculty and institutional partners to implement training programs. Ms. Almeyda has over twenty-seven years’ experience in international development and holds a MS in Financial and International Business and a BA in Business Administration.
Maria Rivera-Midence, Coordinator for Study Abroad for the Alamo Colleges, oversees outbound programs for the five Alamo Colleges. Maria earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Texas A&M University – San Antonio and her master’s in Student Development and Higher Education Leadership from San Angelo State University.
*Registration for this workshop closes February 12, 2017 at 12am CST. CCID and Alamo Colleges reserve the right to cancel the workshop if a minimum 15 participants have not registered by registration closing. Should the workshop be cancelled, paid registrations will be refunded.