Celebrate the Moon Festival on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm at the Campus Center (Buildong 1C)outdoors AND on Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm via Zoom. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84996842688 – [Meeting ID: 849 9684 2688 – Dial +1 929 205 6099] More information is available online.
Come celebrate together and learn about the Moon Festival, a popular East Asian celebration of abundance and togetherness dating back more than 3,000 years.
Be inspired and spark your interest to learn the Chinese language, pursue study abroad, or just know more about the Chinese culture and civilization.
Did you know that Sept. 17 is National Constitution Day? Do you want to know more about how the U.S. Constitution matters to you? Join in a conversation with students and others from across the U.S. for a national dialogue on the Constitution on Friday Sept. 17 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm ET. Register online.
This event is sponsored by the College of Staten Island Center for Global Engagement and the Department of Political Science in cooperation with AASCU and the Center for American Progress, and features facilitators from CSI. This is a CC CLUE event. For CLUE credit you, must register before, and complete this form after, the event.
The English Language Institute (ELI) at the College of Staten Island will be back on campus next fall starting on August 23.
Students interested in learning English with an intensive schedule may join the ELI program on campus next fall semester, which will be from August 23 until December 10. This 16-week term will include the same courses as offered before: reading, writing, grammar, conversation, and a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) preparation course with a TOEFL ITP (Institutional Testing Program) at the end of the program.
Classes will be held on the main Willowbrook campus and students will have access to all the facilities and events available during the fall semester. Students will enjoy the parklike 204-acre CSI campus, which is conveniently located near Manhattan, one of the world’s most dynamic locales.
Since 2020, ELI has successfully offered its intensive English program virtually with students enjoying classes from the comfort of their own homes, inside and outside the United States, and it will still offer its English as a Second Language (ESL) online program while offering an in-person semester term for those who want it.
Applications are open for any student inside or outside the United States. Students from abroad will be able to apply for the F-1 student visa. The program is also open to any student living on Staten Island, around New York City, or in the U.S.
“This is exciting news for us! We are already getting applications from abroad and from students who live on Staten Island. Our on-campus English program will be 100% in person following all the guidelines and requirements to have a safe and healthy class environment while enjoying the largest CUNY campus. We missed campus life, but ELI is already working to welcome back students on campus,” Gonzalo Villena, Director of the ELI, commented.
The ELI office is accepting applications by email at email@example.com and students can get further information from its Website: www.csi.cuny.edu/eli. Information in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English is also available via text message or Whatsapp: +1.929.376.8302.
The Peace Corps has accepted the College of Staten Island into its select group of Prep Schools. The program at CSI will launch on February 15, 2022.
Stephen Ferst, Executive Director of CSI’s Center for Global Engagement, which will oversee the program, explains, “As a Peace Corps Prep School, CSI will create and manage a program that prepares students for careers in the Peace Corps. In addition, CSI will develop a set of learning goals that focus on ‘the four core competencies that are critical to the intercultural fieldwork Peace Corps Volunteers do:
· Sector-specific skills
· Foreign language proficiency
· Intercultural competence
· Professional savvy and leadership’”
Students who enter the program will build these four competencies through courses and hands-on experience. Mentors and advisors will also assist them in the development of their intercultural competence and leadership skills. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Peace Corps and a Certificate of Intercultural Competence from CSI.
Noting its significance for participants, Ferst says, “Developing the Peace Corps Prep program is an important component of ensuring our students are global citizens prepared to tackle the challenges of a diverse and ever-increasingly interconnected world. Students who complete the Peace Corps Prep program will not only have a competitive advantage in pursuing a career in the Peace Corps but they will have gained invaluable intercultural skills that will serve them well in the future should they follow their dreams into business, the arts, technology, science, and beyond.”
Lehman College is the only other CUNY school in the program and there are only three other schools in New York State: SUNY Albany, SUNY Stony Brook, and Hartwick College. Nationwide, there are only 174 Peace Prep Schools.
Winnie Brophy was awarded the Edward S. Blankenship Outstanding Staff Award at the 35th Annual International Conference of the Phi Beta Delta, held virtually May 24 and 25. The Edward S. Blankenship Outstanding Staff Award is given for superior scholastic achievements, outstanding leadership, efforts to promote excellence in global education, and support of the development and activities of a local chapter of Phi Beta Delta.
Brophy has been instrumental in the success of the Eta Lambda Chapter of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars at CSI and currently serves as the Chapter Coordinator. As a founding member of the Eta Lambda chapter, she is proud to be steward for the only chapter within the CUNY system, the largest public urban university in the United States. In this role, she is committed to encouraging other CUNY schools to establish chapters of Phi Beta Delta. Brophy is a member of the Board of Directors and currently serves as the Senior International Vice President for Phi Beta Delta, having previously served a term as International President for the organization in 2018-2019.
At CSI, Brophy has managed logistics for international visitors, special projects, and global initiatives for the Center and the College for 17 years. She is also the club advisor for the Japanese Visual Cultural Club. She served as the coordinator of the College’s Pluralism & Diversity Program for seven years, developing and implementing diversity programs for the campus community. Prior to working at CSI, Winnie worked at the Council of East Asian Studies at Yale University. She received her MA in Urban Education and BS in Cultural Geography from Southern Connecticut State University.
Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars is an academic and professional society, unique because of its interdisciplinary and international nature. The Society’s mission is to recognize achievement in international educational interchange and to serve as a catalyst to increase the recognition, credibility, and importance of the international experience, and develop a network of individuals involved in international experiences.
The College of Staten Island has been selected to receive an IDEAS (Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students) grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad. CSI is one of 26 colleges and universities from across the United States, selected from 132 applicants, to create, expand, and/or diversify American student mobility overseas in support of U.S. foreign policy goals. This U.S. Government program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and supported in its implementation by World Learning.
Heidi Manley, USA Study Abroad Chief, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, said, “The U.S. Department of State is committed to expanding study abroad opportunities for Americans of all backgrounds studying at colleges and universities across the United States. Americans studying abroad serve as citizen ambassadors by building relationships within their host communities, demonstrating American values, and countering stereotypes. They also gain critical job skills abroad that in turn benefit their home communities. We are committed to continuing our strong support for U.S. colleges and universities as they build their study abroad capacity now, in anticipation of a strong return to U.S. student mobility in the future.”
The IDEAS Program seeks to increase the capacity of accredited U.S. colleges and universities to create, expand, and diversify study abroad programs for U.S. students. In addition to the IDEAS grant competition, the program also offers opportunities for faculty, staff, and administrators at U.S. colleges and universities to participate in a series of free virtual and in-person study abroad capacity building activities.
For a full list of 2021 IDEAS grant recipients, as well as information on a free IDEAS Webinar series on building study abroad resources for U.S. campuses, please visit the Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad Website. Funded projects are supporting such activities as developing new international partnerships and programs, training faculty and staff, internationalizing curriculum, creating resources to engage diverse student groups in study abroad and creating virtual exchanges. Once international travel resumes in full, these IDEAS grant recipients will be better equipped to deliver impactful and inclusive study abroad programs around the globe.
For further information about other study abroad resources and other exchange programs offered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please contact ECA-Press@state.gov and visit https://studyabroad.state.gov/.
As you may have read in the news, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has modified the rules governing the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) for this fall. Most notably, in order to maintain status, students who are in the U.S. with an F-1 visa will be required to take at least one in-person course.
Many of you have already expressed concern over the continued progress of our international students at CSI. The Center for Global Engagement, along with the President, the Provost, and the Deans are working hard to ensure that our students will be able to continue their studies and remain in the U.S. this fall. Chancellor Matos Rodriguez has issued a statement in support of our international students and decrying the rule change, and President Fritz has emailed all of our students earlier today emphasizing our commitment to their continued success here at CSI. In his statement, the Chancellor noted that “CUNY campuses have thousands of international students whose status is threatened by the new rule. These students are a valuable and a vital part of our community. I have instructed my administration to explore and pursue measures that would help these students remain in the country and continue their education at CUNY.”
Please know that CSI is taking this mandate very seriously and exploring all options for our F1 students. Alongside CUNY, we are developing a plan that will allow all of our CSI international students to stay in the U.S. this coming term and beyond. Our strategy may include a range of course options that meet the new ICE guidance while protecting the immigration status of our students, as well as protecting the health, safety, and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff. Further, we understand that each passing minute creates anxiety for our students and our faculty and have an “all-hands-on deck” approach to resolving this quickly.
As we learn more from SEVP and develop our own solutions, we will be communicating with you, our students, and the community. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact either of us with any questions.
Thank you for your continued support of our international students.