International Student and Scholar Services

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International and Domestic Student Conversation Programs: Innovative Approaches

Thursday, June 2
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Room: CCC, 601/603

Learn about the broad impact of innovative conversation programs that effectively engage international and domestic students in global dialogue. Presenters examine structural changes and collaborations that bring breadth and depth to a traditional program by increasing participation and internationalizing educational experiences for all students.

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Cindy Xinquan Jiang

Senior Research Associate
The Ohio State University-Columbus Office of International Affairs
Columbus, OH

Dr. Jiang is the Senior Research Associate in the Office of International Affairs at the Ohio State University. She works in the areas of evaluation and assessment in international education, internationalization of higher education, and research in higher education. She was involved in a number of research projects to study college student learning outcomes, international student experience and success, and has helped develop intercultural programs for international and American students.

Gifty Ako-Adounvo

Assistant Vice Provost
The Ohio State University-Columbus
Columbus, Ohio

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>Gifty Ako-Adounvo is the Director of International Students and Scholars in the Office of International Affairs (OIA) at the Ohio State University. She has served as the International Education Leadership representive for NAFSA Region VI, organized IEL Colloquia, and presented. Prior to joining Ohio State's Office of International Affairs she served on the faculty of the departments of Classics and African American & African Studies at Ohio State.

David H. Brauer

Program Director
The Ohio State University-Columbus American Language Program
Columbus, Ohio

David Brauer directs the American Language Program (ALP), The Ohio State University's intensive English program. He was a lecturer in the ALP for three years before becoming its Director in 2013. David is also President of the Ohio TESOL organization and serves the University & College Intensive English Programs' (UCIEP) Board of Directors as the Professional Development Committee Chair. Throughout his career, David has taught learners of all ages. He's worked with students in Grades P-12 in both Spanish as a foreign language and English as a second language settings, as well as undergraduate- and graduate-level students. His passion for language and culture began during an intensive study abroad program in central Mexico. Wanting to share this passion, David came to education from a desire to make the world a better place, and while that may seem cliché, it’s organic and true. Through language education, David makes possible the transformative purpose of education as students become users of other languages and develop a cultural awareness that fosters social enlightenment. These are motivations he brings to his role leading the ALP and it is the driving purpose behind his pursuit of a doctorate that unites his language education experience with his interest in educational technology and assessment. Davids holds a Master of Education in Foreign & Second Language Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Literature and Culture, both from The Ohio State University. His research interests include authentic language assessment practices, educational technology, and intensive language education.

Ryan E. Radebaugh

Program Coordinator for Global Engagement
The Ohio State University-Columbus Office of International Affairs
Columbus, Ohio

Ryan Radebaugh is currently a Program Coordinator for Global Engagement at Ohio State University. He is a member of the International Affairs committee and is committed to the integration efforts between both domestic and international students to enrich the campus community, the local community and the global community.


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