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International Education Week 2019

International Education Week (IEW), November 18-22, 2019, is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Augsburg University, the Center for Global Education and Experience, and the International Student Organization (ISO) will be celebrating the week with multiple activities and events!  Continue reading “International Education Week 2019”

CGEE Guest Speaker on Central America

Join CGEE in welcoming our newest instructor, Fernanda Soto Joya, PhD, to the Augsburg campus during International Education Week 2018! Fernanda will be discussing the current political situation in Guatemala & Nicaragua – two of Augsburg’s global study center locations.

The presentation “Social Change and Politics in Nicaragua and Guatemala” is an excellent opportunity for the Augsburg community to be updated on the current events in locations where Augsburg has a global presence, as well as meet CGEE’s newest instructor! Please join us from 3:30 – 4:30 pm in the East Commons on Thursday, November 15th, and enjoy Central American coffee and thoughtful discussion. There will be time for socializing before and after the presentation. Continue reading “CGEE Guest Speaker on Central America”

Retirement Celebration for Kathy McBride

Please join the campus community in congratulating Kathy McBride on her 30  years of service to Augsburg University! Kathy is the Regional Co-Director of the Central America program for the Center for Global Education and Experience. In her time with Augsburg, Kathy has taught countless students from Augsburg and around the country on the Central America semester program as well as individuals learning about the region via short-term educational seminars. In addition to her service to Augsburg, all four of her children attended Augsburg, and two of them married fellow Auggies!

In all her work at Augsburg, Kathy has lead with a critical eye and a generous  heart, always holding her students and Augsburg to the highest standard. Kathy is a caring colleague whose impact on Augsburg and its’ legacy is far reaching.

Kathy will be on campus next week, so we will celebrate her in person! Students, staff, faculty and administrators are welcome.

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Time: 3-4:30 pm

Location: Christensen Center, East Commons. 

cake and coffee will be served. 

#YouAreWelcomeHere Campaign


Augsburg College is encouraging students to submit videos to the #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign.

What is it?


“The #YouAreWelcomeHere is a welcome message from U.S. higher education to international students around the world. It is a campaign designed to affirm that our institutions are diverse, friendly, safe and committed to student development. Participating institutions and organizations are communicating the message in statements, photos, videos, events and other creative expressions that feature students, faculty, and staff. The repetition of the statement, “You are welcome here,” by a broad array of people from different backgrounds–from college presidents to football players–is powerful and demonstrates that we support internationalization across our campus communities and across the country.”

Continue reading “#YouAreWelcomeHere Campaign”

Speaking of Sabbaticals with Jeanine Gregoire


The Center for Teaching and Learning has partnered with the Center for Global Education and Experience to bring to Augsburg faculty and staff, “Speaking of Sabbaticals with Jeanine Gregoire”. Her topic will be “Immigration, Migration and More:  A yearlong journey to develop an Education semester abroad program in Mexico.”

You can find out more, and RSVP to the luncheon on CTL’s website. Friday, March 24th, 11:30-12:30pm, Marshall Room (spots limited; RSVP required).

CGEE study center in Mexico
Our campus in Mexico!


International Education Week 2016

This week, November 14-18, is International Education Week.  This is a national celebration happening at schools across the US, and beyond.

Augsburg International Student Organization is holding a number of events this week that you are invited to attend:

Monday: International Showcase 10am-2pm in Christensen Lobby
International Auggies will be showcasing their home countries. Stop by to learn more about the diverse countries Auggies call home:

  • Togo
  • China
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • Tanzania
  • U.K
  • Vietnam
  • Palestine
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Italy
  • France
  • Lebanon
  • Sweden
  • Suriname
  • Uganda
  • Spain

Tuesday – Study Abroad Tabling in Christensen 11am-1pm
Do you want to go abroad? We’ll have information about short-term programs coming up this summer, and how you can get started with study abroad.

Wednesday: Game Night
6-8 pm in the Christensen Student Lounge
Test your trivia skills in International Jeopardy!

Thursday: International Coffee Hour with student presentation
4-5pm Marshall Room–Coffee and snacks provided!
Malek will present Lebanon and his home school, American University of Beirut

Friday: International Dance Party
7 to 11 pm in East Commons

All Week: International Dishes in the Cafeteria!

Scholarship Winners, November 2015

Congratulations to our scholarship winners!

Augsburg students winning awards for January short term travel are:

  • Winta Gebre has been awarded the Mary Witt Scholarship & the Students of Color Endowed scholarship for her program traveling to Guatemala
  • Hani Mire has been awarded the Mary Witt Scholarship & the Students of Color Endowed scholarship for her program traveling to Guatemala
  • Maly Thao has been awarded the Mary Witt Scholarship for her program traveling to Guatemala
  • LaTiona Washington has been awarded the Mary Witt Scholarship for her program traveling to Nicaragua


Students from other institutions winning awards for January short term travel are:

  • Michael VanBrocklin has been awarded the Yackel Religious Studies Endowed Scholarship Award for his program to Cuba in January, with the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO).


The next round of applications will be due January 15th, 2016, for short term, customized programs at CGEE permanent sites traveling February – August 2016.


Celebration of Lois Swenson

On Saturday, November 7th, Augsburg College celebrated the life and legacy of Lois Swenson, during the unveiling of a memorial gift in her honor.

A wooden, handcrafted bench now stands prominently in the atrium of the first floor in Lindell Library, inscribed with: “Lois Ann Swenson. 1935-2012. Live Simply so that others may simply live.”

Lois Swenson was the very embodiment of CGEE’s philosophy that the purpose of education is to create a more just and sustainable world, and we could not be more grateful to her, and her family and friends’ continued support of our organization and mission.

The event had a great turnout, with multiple speakers honoring Lois, and the unveiling of the new bench! Here are a few photos below:

Thanks to everyone involved with the event. Watch our website soon for more information on Lois Swenson, and all of CGEE’s wonderful donors.

International Education Week: November 16-20, 2015

Join ISO (the International Student Organization) for activities around campus during November 16-20 for International Education Week! Here are some of the great activities that will be going on:

  • Monday – International Culture Posters Display, Christensen Center Lobby, 10 am to 2 pm
  • Wednesday – Game & Trivia Night, Student Lounge, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Friday – International Dance with ALAS (Augsburg Latin American Students), East Commons, 8 pm to 11:30 pm
  • All Week – Watch for International Foods in the cafeteria, from A’viands!

In addition to ISO events listed above, the Study Abroad & Study Away in the USA and the office for Latin@ Student Services will be co-hosting  a Global & Off Campus Programs info session for DACA and undocumented students interested in off-campus study.

The session will feature experiences of current students who have studied off campus as well as John Keller, executive director of the Immigrant Law Center of MN, who will provide legal advice about the risks and benefits of these programs for students. The session highlights Augsburg’s commitment to offering services and support to DACA & undocumented students. For more information about the session, please contact Dulce Monterrubio at or 612-330-1309.

Get Ahead By Going Abroad: The Importance of being a Global Citizen in the 21st Century Workforce

Get Ahead By Going Abroad: The Importance of being a Global Citizen in the 21st Century Workforce – Thursday, Oct. 22 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel

Students often hear claims that an off-campus experience (like an internship or study abroad) is life changing, transformational, and all around good for you and your resume. But why is this? Who decided that being a global citizen is important? Stacie Berdan, a world-wide leader and expert in Global Education, will be on campus presenting on this very topic.

Stacie will focus on how going global is a mindset, why today’s workers need global skills to compete, whether at home or abroad, and the steps students can take to become a global thinker. She will tie in how international/off campus experiences can help students grow in self-awareness, which can propel them forward in their pursuit of meaningful work, and emphasize the idea that gaining global skills/mindset is an important part of college, regardless of major.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this interactive and fun presentation.

Sponsored by: the Center for Global Education and Experience & the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work.