Charlie Johnson is pictured on Mount Sinai, or Jabal Musa, in Egypt.

2022-2023 KUIA Annual Report

Highlighting KU's international engagement, the annual report features stories on KUIA's accomplishments, as well as student and alumni success.

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Message from the Senior Internationalization Officer

Charles Bankart

"Our work and studies span more countries than ever before, just as those who call KU home come from more places around the world than in years past."

Charles Bankart
Senior Internationalization Officer

As our fall semester begins to hit its stride, I am delighted to share our 2022-2023 annual report with you. We have taken a step back to reflect on the impact of our internationalization efforts as a university and assembled a series of stories that we feel reflect KU’s engagement in the world, as well as the depth of our expertise on the world.

Our students, faculty and staff embody a global mindset, a way of seeing the world and our connection to it that underscores our common humanity and shared responsibility to society. This is possible at KU because of our astonishing diversity — diversity of thought, diversity of vision, diversity of experience, and diversity of backgrounds and identities.

Faculty Achievement

Elizabeth MacGonagle with Eleanor Woodyard and Charlie Bankart

Woodyard Award Winner: Elizabeth MacGonagle

Elizabeth MacGonagle, associate professor of history and African and African-American studies, was the recipient of the 2022 George and Eleanor Woodyard International Educator Award.

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KUIA Kudos

SAGE Selected for Passport Project

Last fall 95 KU freshmen were selected to receive free U.S. passports as part of the IIE American Passport Project, a grant initiative sponsored by the Institute of International Education.

The IIE American Passport Project, which started in 2021, seeks to promote diversity, inclusion, access and equity in study abroad and encourage students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience as part of their college education. For students of limited means, studying abroad can require long-term planning and involve financial hurdles, like the cost of a passport, which could bar them from moving forward.

IIE selected KU as one of 40 institutions to receive this unique funding opportunity. Through the IIE American Passport Project, Study Abroad and Global Engagement received grant funds for 25 U.S. passports. Through the generosity of donors, SAGE contributed additional financial support, enabling up to 95 Pell Grant-eligible KU freshmen to obtain a U.S. passport in fall 2022.

“One of the primary goals of KU Study Abroad and Global Engagement is to increase the number and diversity of students participating in education abroad, such that the population of study abroad students mirrors the KU undergraduate student population across all student profiles (academic discipline and student demographics),” Study Abroad and Global Engagement Director Angela Perryman said. “The American Passport Project directly supports this goal by providing students access to a passport and the resources and motivation to use it during their time at KU.”

KU Launches Global Conversations

Following last fall’s protest in Iran, KU launched the series Global Citizenship: Critical Conversations about Equity Around the World. A second event was held in the spring on the political situation in Brazil and a third reexamined the ongoing unrest in Iran.

The Global Conversations series focuses on critical conversations about equity in a global context with the hopes of expanding campus literacy on important issues that shape the world. These conversations leverage the knowledge and experience of campus experts as well as students, faculty and staff as they come together to discuss social, cultural and political reverberations of major world events.

The series is sponsored by International Affairs; Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging; and The Commons.

During the current fall semester, the series will include conversations on the conflict between Israel and Palestine and modern trade and China.

These events emphasize the value of internationalization and understanding the intersections of culture and identity as a core framework of Jayhawks Rising.

Student Success

Aylar Atadurdyyeva

Aylar Atadurdyyeva

Aylar Atadurdyyeva was sitting in her University Scholars seminar when she had a lightbulb moment: She wanted to be a doctor, but not a physician as she had intended.

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Maria Emma Arcia Lopez

Maria Emma Arcia Lopez  

Maria Emma Arcia Lopez arrived at KU as a teenager who had been living with her family in Chinandega, Nicaragua. By the time she earned her bachelor’s degree in business analytics, she had learned to cook, have a car, manage a schedule and work a part-time job to cover the rent.

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Kerong Pan

When Kerong “Panny” Pan heard that KU representatives were going to be in Zhengzhou, China, she was so excited to learn about the university that she flew two-and-half hours to meet them. In the four years since Pan’s enthusiasm for KU has not waned.

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KU International Students 2022-2023

international students in Fall 2022
countries represented

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of KU undergraduate students
of KU total student population
of KU graduate students
Azeez Baig

Azeez Baig

Azeez Baig developed a life motto after participating in a six-week language program in Argentina the summer following his freshman year: When an opportunity to go abroad arises, take it.

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2022-23 International Education

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Awarded
Global Awareness Program Certificates awarded
Fulbright U.S. Student Awards
Fulbright Foreign Students and Language Teaching Assistants

2022-23 Study Abroad

students traveled abroad in 2022-23
students in study abroad program
students in university-affiliated activities
countries visited

KU Giving

Hodgie Bricke Memorial Scholarship Inaugural Recipients

Support from the Hodgie Bricke Memorial Fund allowed two KU students to travel and expand their international education. Charlie Johnson traveled to Morocco to study abroad during the spring semester and Lina Nerio Morales presented her research at a prestigious academic conference in San Diego in November.

Lina Nerio Morales

Lina Nerio Morales

Inaugural Fulbright recipient of Hodgie Bricke Memorial Scholarship

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Charlie Johnson

Charlie Johnson  

Inaugural GAP recipient of Hodgie Bricke Memorial Scholarship

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KUIA Advisory Board

Many thanks for the KU International Affairs Advisory Board's support and advocacy for internationalization. Members include Chair Jean Hardy Robinson, PhD; Vice Chair James D. Harder; Anna R. Anderson; Carol Ann Brown; B. Wayne Burge; Roger L. Hiatt; Nicole Horton; Jill Kleinberg, PhD; David F. Lambertson; Patrick A. Mawhinney; Richard S. Paegelow; Thomas A. Rudkin; Leslie McElfresh Schweitzer; Jessica Townsend Teague and David A. White.

2022-2023 Annual Report