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IP Staff in the Classroom

Twice a week Michele Arellano sprinkles international content in her UNIV 101 class. In between information about KU resources and expectations and assignments to help students succeed as college students, the Study Abroad assistant director introduces international themes and shares information with the first-year students about the international activities on campus.

All KU first-year students take a UNIV class during their first semester. The 14 students from Gertrude Sellards Pearson residence hall chose Arellano’s learning community “World, University & You” because of their interest looking at KU through a global lens. Her peer mentor, Rachel Tan from Malaysia, offers the class extra support and the outlook of an international student. Arellano enjoys seeing the students make it through their first semester and enjoys the interaction.  Her class’ capstone project is planning for studying abroad and two of the students put their plans into action through internships abroad last summer.

Arellano isn’t the only IP staff member to teach a UNIV section. Melody Stratton, Tiffany Edwards, Don England and Rachel Sherman Johnson teach UNIV sections for Academic Accelerator Program students.

IP staff members are well versed in working with international students, said Kellie Herrod-Smith, AAP assistant director of academics. Herrod-Smith meets weekly with each instructor to go over the curriculum and the class plan.

Rachel Sherman Johnson’s section focuses on career exploration and development. This semester her 18 students are thinking about their careers, attending an etiquette dinner and taking the StrengthFinders test to discover their natural talents. Their final project writing an “elevator pitch” that they would use to talk about their career plan.


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